It happened more than 30-years ago and was more than five years in the making.
But a documentary capturing the 1990 Bloodbath grand final between Wodonga and Lavington is about to be released.
Compiled by Melbourne based filmmaker Josh Moore, the documentary is set to be released to coincide with Wodonga's 30-year premiership reunion on July 24.
The Bulldogs have already had to postpone the planned reunion last year and again last month due to COVID-19.
Moore has conducted dozens of interviews with all the major players of arguably the most infamous incident in Ovens and Murray history.
Wodonga coach Jeff Gieschen, Steve Murphy, Brett 'Bear' Allen, Lavington's Ray Mack, commentator Merv King alongside umpire Ken Wright all recall their version of one of the league's darkest days.
In the aftermath, 15 players were suspended for a total of 68 weeks with news coverage of the brutal decider beamed nation-wide.
Moore said he first came up with the idea for the documentary after hearing Gieschen interviewed on Melbourne radio.
"It would have been six or seven years ago when I first heard Gieschen talking about the Bloodbath on radio," Moore said.
"It sort of captivated me straight away and sounded like such a good yarn to tell.
"Jeff is such a good storyteller and there is no doubt he has been dining out on the Bloodbath story for a while.
"The story just stuck in the back of my mind being a filmmaker by trade and I just love telling country football yarns.
"I have done a few previous documentaries on country football.
"I contacted Jeff first for an interview and that led to meeting Bruce Calder who is a historian with the Bulldogs.
"Bruce provided the contacts for a bunch of other people.
"Basically for the past five years whenever I had a spare weekend I would head up to Albury/Wodonga and try to get another interview or two done."
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After more than five years, the documentary which runs for 28 minutes is almost complete.
"I'm just putting the finishing touches on the documentary and it's 99 percent done," he said.
"I've incorporated heaps of photocopies of news clippings from The Border Mail that people have given me from their scrapbooks and it's great material for the documentary.
"There is also footage from Prime Television.
"I would have done 15 or 16 interviews with Ernie Whitehead and Warren Stanlake, the only two players who declined to be interviewed.
"It was fascinating to interview all the different parties involved.
"You thought you knew the story after one interview but the more people I interviewed I soon realised there were a lot of different paths that led to the all-in-brawl.
"It seemed everybody I interviewed would open another can of worms.
"Ray Mack had a very heartfelt interview and I even got his mum, Daisy, to recall her version of events."
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