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Swans 40 years

South Hedland Football Club has a very proud football history in the Pilbara from 1974 to the present day, with players and supporters fondly known as the Swannies.

Swans are part of pioneering football in the Pilbara when the team joined the De Grey Football League in 1974 along with Shay Gap Hawks.  The first league game was played against Goldsworthy in 1975.

After 40 years of wins, growth and great leadership in the South Hedland community, Swans celebrated a 40 year mile stone.

Here’s a message extract from the celebration booklet by the President, Mr Barry Taylor:

The South Hedland Football Club after being in the competition for 5 years won its first League and Reserves premiership in 1980. This followed by a League premiership in 1985.  The Reserves and Colts teams won premierships in 1991, with the Reserves again successful in 1994, and 200??

Then began what is possibly the best era / period of the clubs short history, 5 consecutive
premiership flags were won in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 under the clubs most successful coach Kevin Taylor. Under Kevin’s stewardship the 1990’s would be the best decade of the club, 1 Colts, 2 Reserves and 5 consecutive League Premierships.
It must also be mentioned that South Hedland played in 9 League Grand Finals since 1992 and 2014, losing in 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2011. A remarkable achievement in the clubs history.

Read more here:

Swans 40 Year Booklet 2014

To stay in touch with Swans, call Barry Taylor on 0438 954 458

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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!

Click here to read on… Rovers 50 years

 

 

 

2017 Rovers Reunion 1970s

Legends of the 1970s De Grey Football Association from Rovers attended a reunion organised by one of the Association’s most successful coaches John Green.

Some stories told on the day…

Bruce Hurrell:  PAT LOVE had a cherished tracksuit originally given to him by Mal Brown.  Lovey was coming back from a Karratha footy match.  It was tradition to stop and light a fire to break up the journey.  The group had lit a fire but had run out of wood.  So Lovey in his favourite track suit climbed up the tree they were under to break off a branch.  He lost his balance and fell into the fire embers.  The track suit was made of nylon and singed with lots of holes.  Lucky they had beer to put Lovey out.

Phil Lockyer: COLIN MATHESON was invited for post match drinks at Greeny’s place.  Col said he wouldn’t be able to make it because he had the movies to run at the Port Hedland Drive Ins.  Anyway, everyone was surprised to see Col arrive at 9.30pm well before the movies finished at the usual 11pm.  Greeny said what are you doing here? Col said its was one of those old cowboy movies with three reels.  I played the first and last reel and left out the middle one.  No one even noticed so here I am!

GREG BROWNE:  Rumour had it in that there was going to be something going down in the grand final.  So before the siren I was sent down to the backline to watch for any foul play.  Just as the siren went and the whistle blew I was king hit from behind.  I got up and said if that’s all you got, you have better have eyes in the back of your head.  We lost the match.

JOHN GREEN:  Colin Matheson was a great President but sometimes fudged the rules to even up the competition.  One day they went down to the oval to help Col mark it out.  When they arrived the job was already done.  Col said he had done it and left for the day.  John checked the markings and noticed something odd.  It was marked out the shape of Goldsworthy’s oval.  So the boys went home, got their lawnmowers and mowed out the oval lines, then repainted them to suit Port Hedland’s oval conditions to give the home team the advantage!  Sounds like cricket.

Well done to everyone involved.  Here’s a few snap shots to help you remember….