Category Archives: 1980s

BP Championships 1970-1981

De Grey Football League’s president Colin Matheson was one of the founding members of the Pilbara’s BP Championships in 1976.

Here are some of the memorable teams and players who represented De Grey:

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Women’s Pilbara Football

This weekend on Saturday 7 November 2015, a twilight carnival will be held at Colin Matheson Oval, Tinder Street, Cooke Point.

This event will be one to add to the history books of Pilbara football.

Pilbara women's football carnival, Colin Matheson Oval, 7 November 2015
Pilbara women’s football carnival, Colin Matheson Oval, 7 November 2015

UPDATE:  11 November 2015 North West Telegraph, Reds Triumphant at inaugural carnival.

It’s not the first ladies football match recorded in Port Hedland.  See this story from 1972 when Panthers Bunneys took on Panthers Mooses.

In 1980, Rovers ladies played a match against Swans ladies

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Swans formation 1974 and ladies footy team 1980.
Swans formation 1974 and ladies footy team 1980.

Panthers 1980

Panthers Football Club, 1980 – The Year That Was.

Since February 1978, the Club has shown a great deal of character, improving their final position on the ladder from 6th to 3rd in 1980.

Panthers social club was very active with many functions, and small and large projects that ended up with more interest being shown in the club on the football ground.

Panthers main target was that of acquiring an experienced, successful coach for the club.  It was realised with ex-Goldsworthy coach Harry Newman was engaged for the season.

At Harry’s opening address during the Membership Night in April 1980 many will agree that it was his methodical and controlled approach to moulding together the most individually talented collection of footballers in the League that enabled Panthers to be potential Premiers.  Unfortunate circumstances throughout the season were to deny Panthers that goal.

Read more about 1980 here:

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