Demons pick their 35 best

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Looklocal -

IN what was a his­toric oc­ca­sion for the 116-year-old Perth Foot­ball Club, more than 450 peo­ple at­tended the Demons’ long-awaited launch of their Hall of Fame.

Held in a mar­quee on their hal­lowed Lath­lain Park ground on Satur­day, the club in­ducted 35 re­spected past play­ers rang­ing from the first sea­son in 1899 to the team line-up from 1986.

TV per­son­al­ity Mark Read­ings was MC for the oc­ca­sion and peers Peter Kennedy and Adrian Barich in­ter­viewed the 12 sur­viv­ing mem­bers of the 35 men in­ducted into the Hall of Fame.

Fam­ily mem­bers at­tended on be­half of those play­ers who have since passed on, and proudly ac­cepted the hon­our in their ab­sence.

Guest speak­ers in­cluded club pres­i­dent Vince Pen­dal and Jack Ensor who gave an in­for­ma­tive view of the club’s his­toric 116 years.

A com­mit­tee of club of­fi­cials had a mas­sive job whit­tling the list down to 35, us­ing a va­ri­ety of cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing the to­tal num­ber of games played, years of ser­vice, achieve­ments, and if they played rep­re­sen­ta­tive foot­ball or in pre­mier­ships.

The Demons’ 2015 league squad play their first game of the sea­son on Satur­day against Swan Dis­tricts at Bassendean Oval at 2.15pm.

The last time th­ese two teams met was in round 14 last year at the same lo­ca­tion in a close match that ended with the Swans run­ning out win­ners by just six points.

The crowd at the launch.

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