Kids in league all their own

The Advertiser - - BOOMER MEMORIES -

A GAME of rough-and­tum­ble street footy on Fri­day af­ter school was a weekly high­light.

The keener boys would round up the more re­luc­tant ones and – young or old, big or small – there was a place for any­one in our teams.

Many boys proudly wore their favourite league team jumpers, mostly of Port Ade­laide or West Tor­rens.

No won­der. At that time, Port Ade­laide seemed to win premier­ship af­ter premier­ship and both teams boasted star play­ers, in­clud­ing Geof Mot­ley for Port and Lind­say Head for Tor­rens.

My own West Tor­rens Ea­gles jumper (how I loved the yel­low ea­gle on the front) was worn for year af­ter year un­til it was thread­bare.

If Fri­day af­ter­noon was our pas­sion, it was a pain for many of the neigh­bours, many of whom took pride in their gar­dens.

They hounded our par­ents, who hounded us, so that the game moved up and down the street from week to week.

It wasn’t only gar­dens that took a beat­ing. Dur­ing one game, a high kick struck a Sto­bie pole and knocked out power to the whole street.

Roger Nunn, a bril­liant school foot­baller, whose pas­sion later turned to golf, cap­tained one team and my­self the other.

My team rarely won, but that was OK. I loved the game and ev­ery week I lived in hope. Robert Skewes

Craig­more Jan­uary 1). As a very young lad in the 1940s, I vis­ited an un­cle and aunt of mine at McLaren Vale.

There were four sons who were all mem­bers of the OBI. My aunty took us to spend a few days y at the OBI camp at Vic­tor Har­bor, on the cor­ner of Hind­marsh Rd and The Park­way. The Win­ter­sun Mo­tel now stands on the site. The camp was man­aged by a grand old man called “Pop” Burgess, who was a close friend of my aunty’s fam­ily. As I re­call, he was the fa­ther of ra­dio per­son­al­ity Jack Burgess. I re­call Pop tak­ing us over the road to the Hind­marsh River to try our hand at fish­ing. Some years later, I was stay­ing with my aunt when news came through that Pop had passed away. Jack Burgess came over from Syd­ney for the fu­neral and stayed a night with my aunt. I love your pages and it gives me some great mem­o­ries of those old days. Ian Hales Nailsworth


LIT­TLE LEAGUE: Stu­art Wat­son, left, con­tests a bounce with Robert Skewes, as friend Ge­off Crocker acts as umpire in a pad­dock on Oval Ave, Woodville.

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