Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

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.

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