I Re­mem­ber When...

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - RESIDENTIAL - – Mil­ton Ren­dell, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Real Es­tate Plus

I RE­MEM­BER when play­ing footy that this time of year was an ex­cit­ing one, with the fi­nals be­gin­ning late Au­gust and early Septem­ber for both ju­nior clubs and our local league team Swan Dis­tricts.

The power clubs such as Cloverdale, Red­cliffe and Bassendean were al­ways in the mix but we had some pretty good local teams that de­vel­oped over the years, such as Swan View which is still very suc­cess­ful to­day.

The then De La Salle had some pretty pow­er­ful teams in the late ’70s, as did Mid­land, and the clashes with Midvale were al­ways a good one. I played ju­niors for Guild­ford though we didn’t make the fi­nals as much as we would have liked.

Our most fa­mous foot­baller was Si­mon Beasley, who went on to play for Swans and then Footscray in the then VFL.

He won the Cole­man Medal in 1985 with 93 goals for the home and away sea­son and topped the 100 mark dur­ing the fi­nals.

A few of the teams have dis­ap­peared sadly but new ones have started and Aussie rules is still a very pop­u­lar sport through­out the area. On the week­end, I went to watch our mighty Swan Dis­tricts take on our old foe West Perth at Bassendean.

It was a close game, with Swans scor­ing early to lead and when it seemed we were go­ing to hand vic­tory to West Perth, Swans changed gears and won by 15 points.

I was in the grand­stand, up in the old Macca stand as we call it, cheer­ing them on and lis­ten­ing to the vo­cal sup­port­ers.

I sit up in the back row with a few old mates and some­times I won­der why I do it as they are pretty loud and proud Swan Dis­tricts sup­port­ers.

Peter Di Marco who I grew up with, his brother in law Gor­don Rogers, Shane Burke and Mario Pagh­ini – th­ese guys go to all the games and have done for years.

Spe­cial men­tion this week to the Chid­low Cougars in their grand fi­nal. Michelle from our set­tle­ment team’s part­ner Tim is play­ing and we wish them all the best.

If you have any mem­o­ries like mine, email mem­o­ries@ realestateplus.com.au.

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