TIGERS MARK 100TH ANNIVERSARY
FOOTBALL in the Lower South West has a rich history and the club that started as Jardee Football Club is no exception.
The club joined the Warren Association in 1918, with the colours of green and gold.
Jardee won a premiership in 1913 before joining the Warren Association and again as part of the association in 1926 and then, under captain-coach G. Jones, won flags from 1930-33.
The side’s next big run of premierships was from 1951-53, 1955 and 1958.
It was the first club in the association to have structured clubrooms for the players’ comfort.
The clubrooms, built in 1951 under the supervision of H. Hornby, were 40m x 20m, built by volunteers and included kerosene-heated showers and a piano.
Life members in Jardee Football Club’s records include the first life member W. (Burley) Rice, as well as Frank Sellick, R. Graham, R. Johnstone, L. Chester and R. Styles.
It was in 1959 when Jardee joined with the fire brigade to become the Tigers Football Club and changed their colours to black and gold.
Over the years, Jardee – and later Tigers – had many dedicated members, such as Rice, who played for 16 years as a centre half back.
He was chosen for many Warren carnival sides and took up umpiring after he retired from playing.
Johnstone played from the inception of the Jardee Football Club until 1936 and was also the club’s president, secretary and a committee member.
A club member by the name of Frank Felstead coached the team as Jardee and Tigers from 1951 to 1963 and captained the sides many times too.
Under his leadership, Jardee won five premierships and Tigers won three.
He also played in many carnival sides for the Warren Association and coached on one occasion.
Felstead played mostly in the centre and in the year the club became the Tigers, he was named the league Fairest and Best.
The Bamess family have a long history with the club, starting with Doug Bamess and his brothers, who were dedicated enough to ride “17 miles” on horseback to play in the football games.
Doug went on to play league football with East Fremantle, after which he returned to Jardee, where an accident with a horse cut his career short.
Charlie Walker got his start playing as a Jardee junior, before he was selected as a State player for WA.
Walker also represented the Warren Association and won Fairest and Best awards for the district and the league.
He started playing for East Perth and was a member of premiership sides in 1956-57 and 1959, before returning to the district to reunite with the renamed Tigers Football Club. Ray Lucev was another player who went on represent West Perth and WA.
Jardee Football Club, premiers 1930.