Rip­per day with leg­end

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Tim Mayne

THE Man­ning Rippers Foot­ball Club was abuzz re­cently af­ter for­mer ju­nior player and now Carl­ton Foot­ball Club leg­end Rob Wi­ley was on hand to greet his for­mer club.

It was a real blast from the past for Carl­ton’s direc­tor of coach­ing, who spent eight years at the Man­ning Foot­ball Club.

“It brings back un­be­liev­able mem­o­ries,” Wi­ley said.

“We had a lot of suc­cess at Man­ning but also a lot of fun and un­for­tu­nately the club did fold, but I am glad to see things have changed.

“There are a lot of younger kids there and it is now a very thriv­ing footy club, so it is great to be back at James Miller Oval where it all be­gan for me.”

For­mer WA foot­ball ju­niors and now Carl­ton play­ers Pa­trick Cripps and Clem Smith joined Wi­ley.

“It was great to see Pa­trick Cripps’ young brother Josh play­ing at the club now, so there is not just my con­nec­tion with the Man­ning Rippers, but also Crippsy’s con­nec­tion,” Wi­ley said.

“It was great to see the boys sup­port­ing the grass roots of footy, which is so im­por­tant for the game.”

Man­ning Rippers year nine coach Mat Bate­man said the day was a great suc­cess.

“We had about 400 peo­ple turn up to see the Carl­ton Foot­ball Club,” he said.

“We had peo­ple travel from places as far away as Joon­dalup and Rock­ing­ham.”

Carl­ton Foot­ball Club and for­mer WA ju­niors Rob Wi­ley, Clem Smith and Pa­trick Cripps visit the Man­ning Rippers ju­niors.

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