Category Archives: Panthers

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:

Panthers Year Book 1980 Image (150) Image (151) Image (152) Image (153) Image (154) Image (155)

Port Hedland’s first football oval

According to long term Pilbara resident Mickey Dann, Port Hedland’s first football oval was located on Hardie Street, where Port Hedland Toyota’s workshop is now, opposite Jupps Carpet Court.

First football oval in Port Hedland, ref.  Micky Dann, via facebook, July 2014
First football oval in Port Hedland, ref. Micky Dann, via facebook, July 2014

According to Mickey, the oval would get flooded at high tide.  At the time, the creek flowed around the Esplanade Hotel and would flood a pond covering a quarter of the oval.

Editor note:

From memory there was also a football oval on the corner of Wilson Street and Cooke Point Drive on the west side of the road.  It too would get flooded.

Eventually in 1969 a sandy oval was made in the middle of the race track.   Determined to get a grassed oval in Port Hedland to match that of Goldsworthy, in 1971 Colin Matheson used his election to the Port Hedland Shire Council to implement the infrastructure required for Port Hedland’s first grassed oval, complete with recycled effluent water for irrigation.  Ref: Johnny Come Lately, 1997, p.  172.