Ripper day with legend
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.