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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….

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Rovers 1981

In 1981 Rovers Football Club suffered an appalling run of injuries, and pressure games were the norm.

That the players were able to force their way into the semi, was a magnificent effort in itself.

Rovers’ loss in the semi was regretful but they did not want to dwell on that fact, and this Year Book is a summary of the year that was and how they would build ready for the 1982 season.

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BP Pilbara Football Championships 5-6 July 1980

The history of the Inaugural BP Pilbara National Football Championships is typical of the dramatic rapidly changing scene in the Pilbara over the last decade, the idea was there, correspondence began exchanging about 1973, but when a meeting was actually called and plans formed, the beginning of the championships and council advanced on a scale not previously envisaged.

Adrian Marshall of the Fortescue League approached in writing many associations to form a North West League, the written responses were few, and as it is often the case, verbal responses do not carry enough weight.  However, Adrian instigated a meeting between the four associations now competing in the championships, perhaps personal contact was the means to sort out any problems foreseen and finally decided once and for all a North West Championships was to get off the ground or not.  Others present were Colin Matheson (DeGrey), Ray Turner (West Pilbara), Adrian Marshall (Fortescue), G Williams (Newman), D Nugent (Newman).

The first Pilbara Football Championships was held in 1976.

De Grey’s 1980 team was made up of: Don Hooper (Coach), Tony Bowen, Adrian Brakin, Greg Browne, Noel Carter, Phil Collins, Howard Groom, Rick Hockey, Robbie MacDonald, Craig McDonald, Martin Melican, Nick Melican, Steve Morse, Steve Owen, Lloyd Page (Captain), John Pitt, Bob Cross, Peter Sattell, Terry Slater, Graham Smith, Terry Tolchard, Peter Topliss, Don Trigwell, Steve Vincy, Glen Warner, Neil Westlake (Vice Captain)

1980 De Grey Football Association combined team with President Colin Matheson
1980 De Grey Football Association combined team with President Colin Matheson

The competition and history can be read in full here:

Souvenir Programme 1980
Souvenir Programme 1980

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