Club stal­wart proud ofWests’ his­tory and ex­cited for fu­ture

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

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.

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Carl Green­wood, cen­tre, with club sec­re­tary Paul Con­nelly and Con­nor McKee (14).

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