For the love of the game


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JOHN Davies is not one to revel in his own suc­cess.

His am­a­teur foot­ball ca­reer with North Beach, as he de­scribes it, was a col­lec­tion of “220 in­glo­ri­ous games”.

The hum­ble Trigg res­i­dent went on to serve as cap­tain, coach, com­mit­tee mem­ber, sec­re­tary, trea­surer and pres­i­dent of the club he co-founded.

He later joined the WA Am­a­teur Foot­ball League board, a role he held for 27 years, be­fore two decades as pres­i­dent of the com­pe­ti­tion. Un­der his reign, the WAAFL im­proved its po­si­tion fi­nan­cially, brought in a Hall of Fame and in­tro­duced in­te­grated foot­ball for ath­letes with a dis­abil­ity.

Mr Davies said it was ad­vice from late La­bor politi­cian Colin Jamieson to ‘sur­round your­self with peo­ple bet­ter than you are’ that set him on the right path.

“It’s a priv­i­lege to work with peo­ple stronger than your­self in their own field,” he said.

“That’s the key to any suc­cess­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion; the pres­i­dent is not the be-all-and-en­dall.”

De­spite his hes­i­tancy to claim credit for the WAAFL’s growth and suc­cess, Mr Davies has been nom­i­nated for a ser­vice to sport gong at the WA Sports Star Awards. “I can’t be­lieve it,” he said. “I’ve worked with some great peo­ple who have helped me so much and that’s the un­der­ly­ing fac­tor.”

WAAFL gen­eral man­ager David Arm­strong said the foot­ball com­mu­nity was proud of the long-time ser­vant’s nom­i­na­tion.

“John’s in­volve­ment in com­mu­nity foot­ball can only be de­scribed as com­mit­ted, hum­ble and hard­work­ing,” he said. Award win­ners will be an­nounced at Op­tus Sta­dium on Feb­ru­ary 8.

Mr Davies, now a part of the WAAFL’s her­itage and his­tory sub-com­mit­tee, is re­search­ing the his­tory of the league for a book to be re­leased in 2022, the com­pe­ti­tion’s cen­te­nary year. The WAAFL is look­ing for his­tor­i­cal items re­lat­ing to the league suit­able for in­clu­sion in the book.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d478672

John Davies has been nom­i­nated for a WA Sports Star award.

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