Club stalwart proud ofWests’ history and excited for future
CARL Greenwood says he had no idea when he arrived at Wests Scarborough Rugby club in 1965 that he would be there for 50 years.
Greenwood, who played more than 110 first-grade games, was congratulated by club secretary Paul Connelly last week for his half-century of service to Wests Rugby.
Greenwood said he was extremely proud of the club’s history, but its future was what excited him most.
“I think that you can say the passion in the new environment is fantastic, there’s a lot of enthusiasm, our juniors have doubled in numbers and we’ve got a full committee,” he said.
Formerly Wests Subiaco Rugby Club, the organisation was forced to relocate from its home in Rosalie Park in 2013, which Greenwood said was better in the long run.
“We’ve got older members working on various aspects of the club and it’s pulled a lot of people back together. Although we didn’t want to go, it’s been a blessing in disguise,” he said.
The former president of the club said he had enjoyed the companionship of rugby union, which saw him travel to England to play for four years as well as representing WA state teams.
“You meet so many good people and it’s a game that has a lot of camaraderie in it,” he said.
“You don’t know where things take you and I’ve obviously got a passion for the game and it’s something that hasn’t diminished; some people lose it and some people don’t.”
Greenwood said this season the club hoped to improve on last year’s finals appearances.
Carl Greenwood, centre, with club secretary Paul Connelly and Connor McKee (14).