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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….


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:

Shay Gap Football Club Budget 1975

In this copy of the Budget, Shay Gap plays Goldsworthy at Shay Gap.

The team that played against Goldsworthy Tigers is made up of Brian Cruesot, Les Bonakey, Rhett Wilkinson, Ray Masters, Andre Lusan, Doug Beard, Peter Calutti, Bill Cooke, Jim Hinton, Kevin Regan, Ray Sparks, Rex Garlett, Wayne Cross, John Nani, Darryl Kernaghan, John McArthur, Jeff Ashworth, Ray Gray, Ron Ranger, Frank Cruden, Doug Moon, Charlie Dunn.

The Budget describes Shay Gap’s loss to Rovers in the previous week, “the Hawks were far from disgraced.  After a great first quarter the Hawks collapsed in the second quarter and although there were some unusual decisions by the field umpire, the Rovers were far too good and were clear leaders at half time.”

“Some fine individual performances by McArthur, Bonakey, and Cruden were noticeable while the whole back line played soundly with Masters and Briggs prominent.  Even though the Hawks were beaten by 54 points the scores didn’t indicate the closeness of the game and they continued to play the game out fully.  I must mention a brilliant game from full-forward John Nani who kicked 9 majors out of 11 which speaks for itself.  To sum up a good omen for the future.”

Final scores:  Rovers 20.15 defeated Hawks 11.12

Best players:  Hawks; Bonakey, Cruden, McArthur, Masters, Nani, Cooke.

Leading Goalkickers for the De Grey League:  J. Nani (SG) 62; P. Love (R) 56; R. Garlett (SG) 31; P White (R) 28; K Langlands (SH) 27.

LOCAL NEWS:  A certain President of ours was looking very fragile at last weeks game.  The story floating around is that he went to the races and after doing his money went to the Motel for a reviver.  Apparently, he forgot to tell his X mates where he was going and they left him there.  He was seen talking to an Actor and also a woman well sunburnt.  The story that he was seen at a club just outside of Hedland was denied !!!!!!!!!

Editor note: Although this copy of the Shay Gap Football Club Budget is undated, I put the year at 1975.  Shay Gap did really well in its first season.  They were second on the ladder most of the year.  Rovers were just too good winning the premiership in 1975 and then went on to win 1976 and 1978.  Also the fact that a copy is in Colin Matheson’s collection says that he went to the match, and I remember going with him.

Here’s the complete version of the Shay Gap Football Club Budget:

Shay Gap vs Goldsworthy
Shay Gap vs Goldsworthy

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