Port Hedland Rovers 1980

By 1980 Rovers had dominated the De Grey and West Pilbara Football League with premiership wins in 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1978.

The 1980 year book is dedicated to the “Bulldog” spirit and the untiring committee members who served throughout the year.

Barry Scaddon achieved 100 games and life membership of the club.

Greg “Bomber” Browne wrote of football in the 1970s and the lack of grass on the oval in 1971.  Some players did not wear boots.  At Finucane Island the oval was a ripper, one side sand and the other clay with the odd spinifex bush and shrubs.  One of the Finucane Island players nicknamed “flipper feet” glided across the sand in bare feet while players in pursuit were weighed down wearing boots.

In the early 1970s the town’s main oval had no grass and Nissen huts were the change rooms.

Some of the best players for Rovers were Roger Richardson, Pat Love, Barry Stewart, Les Nixon, Terry Senior, Peter White, Ron Lockyer, Gordon Cuff, Brian Hood and Rick Hockey.

Coach John Green gives an overview of the year that was with Rovers coming fourth.

Rovers ladies team was more successful beating Swans ladies team.

Players Profiles are listed including one for Rick Hockey who won the club’s fairest and best: “This was Rick’s first season with us and proved to be a thorn in the side of the opposition.  Rick played in the centre and later in the season as a rover with distinction.”

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