Fryar's mail barrel blue and white again after Wisanger victory

Fryar's big new barrel.

Fryar's big new barrel.

The Fryar's mail box is finally back in Panther colours. And it's now even bigger and better with a new much-larger barrel replacing the old 44-gallon drum.

The new mail barrel was painted on Sunday the day after the team won the Kangaroo Island Football League 2021 Grand Final.

The barrel sits at the entrance of Fryar's Kangaroo Island egg farm and Jason Fryar is the A Grade vice captain and longtime club member.

There is some conjecture as to when the old drum on Hog Bay Road was first painted with some saying it was was done after Wisanger's last A grade win back in 2005.

But Dudley United's Heath Gurney said it was actually first painted green and gold by the Dudley boys in 2004 after beating Wisanger at Kingscote in the grand final.

Regardless, every year since, one of the Island's other four teams painted the barrel in their colours.

But now, after 16 years, it's back to blue and white.

Fryar said he remembers the Panthers' last grand final victory all those year ago, even though he was still playing colts and about to go up to the reserves grade.

"We've been waiting 16 years so we just had to upgrade," he said.

Painting the Fryar's Eggs barrel on Hog Bay Road. Photo supplied

Painting the Fryar's Eggs barrel on Hog Bay Road. Photo supplied

A team delegation went out on Sunday to paint the barrel and that photo can be seen inside in our finals sport coverage.

Fun continued with Mad Monday as blue and white turned up around Kingscote, from a flag flown from the silos to a painted blue-and-white rock at the Kingscote oval.

The madness continued on Tuesday with the boys painting a blue-and-white rock at all of the Island's ovals from Wonks to Dudley.

The boys did the traditional painting of the chimney on top of the Queenscliffe Family Hotel, while the big kangaroo above Kangashoo Shoes shop donned the blue and white.

"The publican and the owner of Kangashoo Shoes were very accommodating to the Wisanger Football Club allowing them to paint the pub chimney and kangaroo on the shop," Fryar said. "What a show of community spirit. Local legends!"

Mayor Michael Pengilly, himself a long-time Panther supporter, said it was a "wonderful day" to see Wisanger win again.

Ian Turner (right) presented the John Turner Medal for best on ground in the A grade grand final to Brok Viney-Obst.

Ian Turner (right) presented the John Turner Medal for best on ground in the A grade grand final to Brok Viney-Obst.

It was also a special day for Ian Turner, who presented the John Turner Medal for best on ground in the A grade grand final to Brok Viney-Obst.

The medal was named after his father John, who served as league secretary for 36 years, before moving to Victor Harbor for retirement.

John would have been 100 years old this year. This was the first year Ian could attend after retiring from work and Adelaide Show duties.

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