Rosbender is club legend
BEFORE the season kicks off for 2016, the Perth Demons Football Club looked back to celebrate one of the club’s longest standing members as it named Wim Rosbender club legend for 2016 last month.
“It is humbling and probably my greatest honour as far as the Perth Football Club goes as an individual,” Rosbender said.
Rosbender began playing football for Victoria Park as a junior and progressed to the Perth colts in 1970.
He was named captain of the team in 1971 and by 1972 was promoted to the league team as an established ruckman.
“I can’t really remember how I went,” he said of his first game as a league player. “All I remember was getting a broken nose from Lorne Cook, who managed to break my nose and take the mark at the same time.”
In 1980 Rosbender captained the club for his last season.
Rosbender moved to Sydney that year for work commitments, but was drawn back to the club in 1985 after his former teammate Robert Wiley was appointed coach.
“I just contacted Robert and said I was prepared to assist if he wanted any help in any form and that’s how I ended up doing the running,” he said.
Having played 156 games for the club and kicked 58 goals, Rosbender said it was great to play football for the club he supported as a kid.
“It was amazing to play for the club that you barracked for as a junior,” he said. “The teammates I had were phenomenal as people and with their work ethic and their desire to do the little things to achieve success.”