Demons pick their 35 best
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.