Category Archives: De Grey Football Association

Barefoot footy in the Pilbara

In the 1960s, footy games were played on a sandy patch cleared of rocks and stones.

According to Pat Love, legendary goal scorer for Panthers and Rovers, playing footy games in bare feet was easier on these sandy Pilbara ovals.

Colin Matheson‘s football collection has lots of photos capturing the tough breed of footballer in the Pilbara.

This photo collection is a draft.  Please excuse the amateur attempt and publishing software notation across the screen.  A better version will be updated shortly.

 

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Pilbara Footy Characters

De Grey Football League – Footballer of the Week, circa 1983

Colin Matheson Profile
PROFILE

Nick name: Killer Colin
Name: Colin Peter Mattersnot
Age: 21
Birthplace: Subiaco Oval
Hair colour: dark with distinguished side-burns
Occupation: enthusiastic bottle-o
Favourite other sports: oral exercises
Favourite TV show: football replays
Favourite food: chicken, chicken legs, chicken wings, chicken breasts
Favourite drink: beer
Present club: West Perth
Favourite position: left right out
Luckiest break: living in Port Hedland
Greatest football moment: West Perth winning the grand final
Greatest disappointment: not having opportunity to be a VFL umpire
Most respected player: Wild Teddy Trelorny
Hardest player to tackle: Angry Ant
Football dislikes: being a sook
Football ambitions: see North Pilbara League best country competition in WA

Rovers 50 years in Port Hedland

This weekend Port Hedland Rovers celebrate 50 years of footy in Port Hedland with a match against Swans at the Colin Matheson Oval on Friday night, and a Gala Dinner on Saturday night.

Former coaches and players of Rovers will travel to Port Hedland for the weekend’s events and stay at The Esplanade Hotel, the original home of Rovers.

Congratulations Rovers on 50 years of football in Port Hedland.

Rovers were originally formed at the historic Port Hedland Esplanade Hotel in the early sixties when Port Hedland was a sleepy little export town with around 1,500 residents.

In January 1962, a new postal officer arrived in town arrived with his new bride Cecily. It was none other than Colin Peter Matheson. He was fanatical football follower and umpire from Perth. His favourite team was West Perth Falcons and collected football records from every game. Within a few months Colin organised football games between two rival pubs, The Esplanade and the Pier Hotel. Colin also managed to entice the local Catholic priest Father Middleton to play a game or two in return for some help at St Cecilia’s church.

In 1967, Colin formed the Port Hedland Football Association between three clubs:

1. Rovers (The Esplanade Hotel)
2. Towns (The Pier Hotel)
3. Finucane Island

It was pretty tough playing football in Port Hedland. Colin marked out the oval and goal square with white paint on the flood plain just near Anderson Street. There was no lawn or ground cover. The other oval was at Finucane Island. Its playing surface was not much better.

Before a game the competing teams would do an “emu march” across the ground picking up rocks and sticks, anything which might cause a deeper injury than just gravel rash!

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