I Re­mem­ber When...

Hills Gazette - - 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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