Noble knights want more at round ta­ble

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

In the hub of mod­ern in­dus­try that is Kar­ratha, a club for those more in­ter­ested in a by­gone era is call­ing for new mem­bers to join its ranks.

Kar­ratha me­dieval re-en­act­ment so­ci­ety the Free Com­pany of the Wolfhound drew a lot of lo­cal in­ter­est af­ter its for­ma­tion in mid-2014 and is putting out a call for more mem­bers af­ter some left dur­ing the min­ing down­turn.

Club founder and pres­i­dent John Mar­riner said the group met ev­ery week to train in me­dieval Euro­pean mar­tial arts and learn about the era’s his­tory.

“We take a lot of the books that were ac­tu­ally used to train mili­tia and sol­diers in the 14th and 15th cen­tury, and even some sword mas­ters, and we try to recre­ate that as ac­cu­rately as we can,” he said. “Without ac­tu­ally killing each other, we as closely as pos­si­ble re-cre­ate the com­bat sit­u­a­tions of the time.”

In the past few years, the club has taken on more equip­ment and cos­tumes and it has a mem­ber­ship of about 16.

Mr Mar­riner said the club stood out for of­fer­ing a dif­fer­ent kind of hobby than the norm in Kar­ratha and had a tight-knit, pas­sion­ate group of mem­bers.

“I think that’s one of our strengths, that we’re so dif­fer­ent to what peo­ple ex­pect,” he said.

“Some­times I look at Kar­ratha and I strug­gle to find some­thing that’s not drink­ing or fish­ing.

“This is about as far away from fish­ing as you can get.”

The Free Com­pany of the Wolfhound trains ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex clu­b­rooms.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to get in­volved, contact Mr Mar­riner at jwh­mar­

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Free Com­pany of the Wolfhound mem­bers Tom Wool­ley, Rene Le Roux, Wil­liam Gay­lard, Brae­den Bond, Ky­nan Williams and John Mar­riner are call­ing for more mem­bers to join their ranks.

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