Ros­ben­der is club leg­end

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

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.”

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