The 1970’s – Steady Growth

1970

For the 1970 season the club had three senior sides and an Under 16 Boys side, the first junior team. Nairn Ashworth was President, and the committee featured for the first time David Scanlon (with son Simon born that season). The Shire prepared a grassed surface at Davies Park in Maida Vale, which could accommodate two hockey fields.

The Under 16’s played in Division 3, coached by Ralph Blazey and included his son Ian, who went on to be club President in the 1980’s. Other members of the team were M. Dickson, I. Dickson, K. Hopkins, J. Taylor, R. Kerry, S. Rumsey, K. Lyons, H. Todd, S. Todd and R. Harburn. Their first game was played on April 11th at Hamer Park, and while the result isn’t recorded, they finished the season with only 2 wins and draw, 15 goals for and 113 against, suggesting they may’ve struggled a bit.

The B1 Red side just missed finals action, finishing fifth with 9 wins, 6 losses and a draw (58 for, 30 against). With a week to go in the season they held third spot on goal difference, but they finished with an umpiring bye and the other results went against them. A typical team was as follows:

                                    D. Jones

                        J. Webster                     J. Stewart

            K. Ledger                 D. Scanlon                 N. Ashworth

J. Woodburry         G. Lake     R. Miles     S. Kandiah             S. Fairbotham

The seconds, playing in B3 Red, had a much better year. They were top of the ladder mid-way through the season and won the club’s first ever Challenge Cup, 3-2 against Vic. Park, with two goals to Ralph Blazey and one to Jim Longwood. After the qualifying games they were second (11 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw), but lost the semi-final 3-0 to Vic. Park and the Preliminary to University. The thirds in B3 Blue finished eighth from nine (3 wins, 11 losses, 2 draws), the team featuring Joe Bruers, John Ingram and Dave Hocken.

1971

A better year was had in 1971, with Kalamunda finishing third in the Judge & Byrne Trophy (based on the performance of all teams in a club) to South Perth and Cricketers. With Nairn Ashworth still as President, David Scanlon was coach and was also voted best club-man for the season. The committee included Dave Hocken and the legendary goalkeeper (later to be infamous umpire) Joe Bruers. Kalamunda finished undefeated on top of B1 Green, with 13 wins and 3 draws, 47 for and 12 against. They defeated Vic Park 1-0 to win the Challenge Cup (goal to Steve Fairbotham), then defeated Secondary Teachers 4-0 and 4-1 in the semi-final and grand final, respectively. Goals in the Grand final were from R. Cox (2), R. Miles and S. Fairbotham. Fairest and best for the B1 Green side was C. Glass. A photo of the Challenge Cup winning team is shown below, with David Scanlon in the front row, second from right. The team as named for the Grand Final:

                                            J. Bruers

                        C. Glass                             J. Stewart

            J. Baker                     D. Scanlon                     N. Ashworth (C)

R. Miles         J. Woodburry         R. Cox         A. Fewings         S. Fairbotham

Reserves: J. Clarke, N. George, A. Hirt

 

 

 

Back: Nairn Ashworth, John Stewart, Russell Miles, John Woodburry, Alex Fewings, N. George, Steve Fairbotham.

Front: Chris Glass, Roy Cox, Joe Bruers, Dave Scanlon, John Baker.

The B2 Blue team finished sixth (5-6-5), with A. Hirt Fairest and Best. B3 Blue finished the qualifying rounds third (9-4-3), but lost their semi-final to Harlequins. Their Fairest and Best was a young Royce Spencer, eventually a Life Member of the Club but now better known for his umpiring involvement. Mark Weinman featured in the Under 16 Division 3 side, which finished sixth in a ten team grade (15 games, 6 wins, 7 losses, 2 draws, 19 for, 38 against).

1971 also saw the first ever Kalamunda trip to Merredin for a Country Carnival, beating Old Guildford 1-0 in the B Grade final and Nairn Ashworth winning best player of the B Grade competition. The club also raised funds for floodlights, which club-members erected themselves.

1972

In 1972 Kalamunda was promoted to “A Reserve Green”. The grading was quite different back then, with the top four grades A1, A2, A3 Red and A3 Blue. Next were the “Reserve” grades, with Red, Blue, Green and (possibly) White. By modern standards, A Res. Green might be considered between 1B and 1C.

Geoff Rumsey took over as President, with Deryk Jackson and Chris Glass sharing the Vice President duties, Alex Fewings as senior coach and Nairn Ashworth in charge of juniors. There were now senior and two junior sides, U16 Div. 2 and U18 Div. 2, pushing the membership to about 120. Games at Davies Park in Maida Vale were on Saturdays, with training on Sundays and Wednesday evenings. In the club newsletter, women who wished to play were urged to contact Mrs Pat Halden, who organised a team to play each Sunday afternoon in the Hills competition and trained at Davies Park on Thursday evenings. She “hoped to run two teams next year.”

Kala’s top side again led its grade, finishing with 10 wins, 2 losses and 4 draws (43 for, 15 against), 1 point and goal difference clear of Old Halians. Halfway through the season Kalamunda, Tuart Hill and Old Halians all had 6 win and 2 loss records, with Kalamunda on top by goal difference (19 for, 7 against). They went on to lose the Challenge Cup to Tuart Hill.

Early in the season the A Reserve team looked as follows:

                                            J. Bruers

                            A. Hirt                             C. Glass

                    J. Baker             D. Scanlon                 N. Ashworth

J. Woodburry          D. Worsey     R. Cox     A. Fewings                 P. Cockburn

With Dave Scanlon unavailable from the middle of the season, his place was filled by either Kim Ledger or John Ingram.

The seconds in B2 Division Tan (a colour not often used!) also made the finals, finishing third (9-6-1), only one point off second spot. A Reserve lost its semi-final with Old Halians 1-0, while B2 won 2-1 against Y.M.C.A. (goals to C. Spencer and J. Clarke). Both teams lost in the preliminary finals (1-0 and 3-1, respectively). Under 18 Division 2 finished second last of nine teams, while Under 16 Division 2 were seventh of nine.

Trophy winners for the year were:

Team

Fairest & Best

Best Team Man

U16

Mark Weinman

S. Rumsey

U18

R. Kenney

K. Hopkins

B3(Green)

G. Dutton

G. Rumsey

B3(White)

R. Blazey

N. Rahimtulla

B2(Tan)

R. Thompson

P. Birch

A Res.

D. Worsey

N. Ashworth

1972 also saw the birth of Matthew, youngest of Dave Scanlon’s three sons, who became the number one keeper in the club through much of the late 80’s and early 90’s.

1973

Team numbers remained constant in 1973, although the firsts again went to a higher grade (A3 Green). This they found tougher (5 wins, 10 losses and a draw, 27 for, 36 against) but comfortably held the grade (by three points). The thirds made the finals in B3 Green (fourth with 10 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw, 42 for, 33 against), but lost their semi-final to Mosman Park 2-1. Deryk Jackson was president, with Royce Spencer and Nairn Ashworth joint Vice Presidents, N. Rahimtulla the Secretary, Dave Hocken Treasurer and Ralph Blazey club coach. The Under 16s were captained by Mark Weinman, with Dave Newton in that side, commencing his long association with Kalamunda. Senior fees were $20, juniors $8.

A typical team in A3 featured the following (although Nairn Ashworth did play frequently later in the season):

                            Bruers

                Ledger                 Pritchard

            Baker             Fewings         Edwards

Spencer     Kenney     Allanson     Worsey (C)         Davis

The B2 Red side still had the old legends in Blazey and Woodburry, plus John Ingram (known to many in the 90’s as a long-time junior coach) and Chas Spencer.

B3 Tan finished last with 2 wins, 10 losses and 4 draws. B3 Green was fifth (8 wins, 5 losses, 3 draws, 52 for, 33 against), missing finals by a point and goal difference. Under 18 Division 3 came sixth in an eight team grade (6 wins, 10 losses, 2 draws, 28 for, 41 against), while Under 16 Division 3 was eighth from nine teams (3 wins, 12 losses, no draws, 18 f0r, 45 against).

Team

Fairest & Best

Best Team Man

U16

D. Newton

M. Weinman

U18

T. Lushey

W. Garside

B3(Tan)

R. Blazey

P. Torpey

B3(Green)

D. Jackson

T. Bastow

B2

J. Clarke

G. Price

A3(Green)

D. Pritchard

A. Fewings

Best Club Man

D. Jackson

1974

The grading began to take a form that is more familiar to us today, with A3, B2, B3G and B3T becoming 1B, 2C, 3C and 4C, respectively (the club considered it had done well out of the change in grading). Kalamunda grew to 8 sides, 5 senior and three junior. Again the top side did enough to hold the grade, although by a bigger margin this year, collecting 15 points (4 wins, 6 losses and 7 draws, 17 for, 30 against, with a one point fine for late payments to WAHA!), from Rangers (now Stirling City) on 9 points and Old Scotch on 8. A typical 1B side that season:

                                                Bruers

                                    Lushey                 Ledger

                                Blazey         Pritchard         Ashworth

            Kenney         Fewings (C)     R. Spencer     C. Spencer     Worsey

P Madin, J. Johnson and J. Clarke were also in the side at different stages.

 

Back: Ian Blazey, Derek Worsey, Doug Pritchard, Tom Lushey, Royce Spencer, Alex Fewings.

Front: Nairn Ashworth, Kim Ledger, Joe Bruers, Chas Spencer, Rob Kenney.

[Photo provided by Joe Bruers]

2C finished sixth (6 wins, 8 losses, 1 draw, 33 for, 32 against), while 3C scrapped into the four on goal difference, but lost their semi-final to Secondary Teachers 1-0.

3C (10 team grade)

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

For

Agst.

Points

Canning Districts

19

17

1

1

63

11

35

Rangers

18

13

2

3

64

10

29

Sec. Teachers

18

12

5

1

42

22

25

Kalamunda

18

9

5

4

56

25

22

Old Hale

18

11

7

0

46

27

22

Reserve 1 were seventh out of 11 sides (5 wins, 9 losses, 3 draws, 36 for, 50 against) and the 5B side (or the Gents) were seventh of nine (4 wins, 9 losses, 3 draws, 18 for, 42 against.

The three junior sides struggled, with only 6 wins between them for the season. Under 13 South had the best results, finishing ninth out of ten teams (3 wins, 14 losses, 1 draw, 15 for, 77 against). Under 17 North (2 wins, 13 losses, 1 draw, 9 for, 38 against) and Under 15 North (1 win, 14 losses, 1 draw, 4 for, 93 against) both finished last.

Team

Fairest & Best

Best Team Man

U13-South

M. Blazey

J. Martin

U15-North

B. Sherry

B. Sherry

U17-North

J. Johnson

P. Madin

Gents

J. Stewart

B. Haggart

Res. 1

R. Cox

S. Fairbotham

3C

R. Bartlett

W. Garside

2C

M. Weinman

S. Spriggs

1B

D. Pritchard

A. Fewings

Best Club Man

Geoff Davis

John Woodburry was President, but retired from playing mid-season. He left the club (and his job as Master in Geography at Penrhos) the next year to start a teaching centre near Albany that would provide alternative short-term courses for metropolitan students. Royce Spencer was again Vice President, this time with Derek Worsey, while Geoff Davis was Secretary, Dave Hocken Treasurer and Alex Fewings coach/chairman of selectors. A notable new member that year was Mark Stibi in the Under 13s. The Kalamunda Shire was suggesting a possible move to other fields in Maida Vale, but nothing came of this.

1975

President: Royce Spencer; Vice-President: Dave Scanlon, Kim Ledger; Treasurer: Mike Perrot; Secretary: Geoff Davis; Committee: Dave Hocken, Nairn Ashworth, Joe Bruers, Wayne Garside, Chas Spencer, Ross Duncan.

Kalamunda stayed at 8 sides in 1975, with 1B, 2C, 3C, 4B and 5B, together with U13, U15 and U17 juniors. Alex Fewings was coach, while the 1B’s were captained by Kim Ledger, with both Chas and Royce Spencer playing up forward and Joe Bruers still the undisputed top keeper. 2C was captained by Dave Scanlon and featured Dave Newton, Mark Weinman, Charlie Calleja (new player that season) and Brian Fewings, with Lee Miles in goals. The Under 13s were captained by Mark Stibi (the top keeper of the early 80’s) and included Dave Ansell. This season Kalamunda struggled in 1B and were relegated for the next season.

 

Above is most of the 1B side, after playing Mosman Park at Nash Field.

Top: Joe Bruers, Tom Lushey, Royce Spencer, Gerry Chapman, Nairn Ashworth

Front: Ian Blazey, Alex Fewings, Kim Ledger, Roy Cox, Rob Kenney

[Photo provided by Joe Bruers]

Team

Fairest & Best

Best Team Man

U13

Mark Stibi

David Ansell

U15

Mark Blazey

Kevin Kealley

U17

Michael Pierce*

Brian Sherry

5B

Mike Lewis

Mike Perrot

4B

Jim Wright

Peter Birch

3C

Chris Harris

David Hocken

2C

Derek Worsey

David Scanlon

1B

Nairn Ashworth

Kim Ledger

Best Club Man: Kim Ledger

* Not to be confused with Michael Peirce, who joined the club in 1978 as a senior and was five-times President in the 80’s.

At the end of the 1975 season a long letter from Alex Fewings was published in the club’s Hotline, bemoaning the fact that the club was effectively being administered by players from the top team. The combination of hard training with committee involvement was leading to burn-out and the loss of valuable players to more social hockey. He felt a more efficient arrangement would see the club run by mature, experienced individuals not training regularly or at all, who would have more time to devote to such matters, leaving the youngsters free to concentrate on playing. He also advocated dropping a team or two for the next season to reduce the burden.

1976

President: Royce Spencer; Vice-President: Bill Edwards, Ian Blazey; Secretary: Wayne Garside; Treasurer: Mike Perrot (then Bill Edwards from May); Committee: Derek Worsey, Mike Chambers, Joe Bruers, Dave Scanlon, Mark Weinman.

Following severe player shortages in 1975, the club went back to 4 senior sides (1C, 2C, 3C, Reserve Blue), but maintained Under 13’s, 15’s and 17’s in the North grades. In response to “substantial” increases in WAHA levies, fees were raised to $35 for seniors and $10 for juniors. The Shire allocated 4 fields to the club – three at Maida Vale and one at Davis Park. Mark Stibi was playing full-back in Under 15s, David Ansell at centre-half in Under 13s. Peter Eaton joined the club mid-season and soon became a regular in the 2C side.

Stan Cook (formerly coach of Scarborough) took over as club coach, and is rated by many as one of the best ever involved with the club. The club had perhaps its best overall season – five of seven teams made the finals, with 1C qualifying second, 2C second, 3C fourth, Reserve Blue third, Under 17N fourth and the Under 13s missing out only on percentage. Kalamunda went on to finish fourth in the Byrne-Judge standings for 1976.

The 1C side started the season strongly with a 4-1 win over old Scotch, and stayed near the top of the ladder for the entire season. The team is shown below after winning the Challenge Cup against Christ Church 2-0 (goals to Royce Spencer and Bill Edwards).

 

Back: Brian Sherry, Wayne Smithers, Royce Spencer, Rob Kenney, Joe Bruers, Mark Weinman, Bill Edwards.

Front: Chas Spencer, Alex Fewings, Derek Worsey, Stan Cook (coach), Mike Chambers, Nairn Ashworth (with son Ryan, who played seniors in the 90’s).

[Photo provided by Joe Bruers]

Christ Church and Kalamunda were clearly the standout teams in the grade, and they finished well clear of the other teams in the top four, as shown below (together with the final qualifiers in Kalamunda’s other grades):

1C

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

For

Agst.

Points

Christ Church

16

10

3

3

41

26

23

Kalamunda

16

9

3

4

29

17

22

Redcliffe Rovers

15

6

4

5

23

24

17

Old Guildford

16

6

6

4

33

29

16

2C

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

For

Agst.

Points

Victoria Park

16

13

0

3

52

12

29

Kalamunda

16

9

2

5

40

12

23

Harlequin

16

9

6

1

33

23

19

Mosman Park

16

7

5

4

46

31

18

3C

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

For

Agst.

Points

Tuart Hill

16

12

2

2

48

18

26

Victoria Park

16

10

1

5

50

19

25

Canning Districts

16

9

5

2

37

22

20

Kalamunda

16

9

5

2

43

28

20

Reserve Blue

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

For

Agst.

Points

Scarborough

17

12

3

2

72

20

26

Suburban

17

11

3

3

48

13

25

Kalamunda

17

10

4

3

51

20

23

Old Wesley

17

10

5

2

35

17

20

The 1C side lost its semi-final to Christ Church 2-1 (goal to Spencer), while 2C lost 2-1 to Victoria Park (goal to Ledger). However, 3C beat Canning 1-0 and Reserve Blue beat Old Wesley 4-1, to put all four senior sides into the preliminary finals. The 1C’s lost in an upset 2-0 to Redcliffe Rovers, but still secured a return to 1B. The 2C side defeated Mosman Park 2-1 to give the club its only grand-final side of the season (and promotion to 2B for the first time in the club’s history). The 3C side lost their preliminary final against Tuart Hill, while Reserve Blue were beaten 5-0 by Scarborough.

Joe Bruers, Ian Blazey, Dave Newton, Lee Miles, Royce Spencer and John Doepel have all gone on to be badged WAHUA umpires, suggesting the club had much greater depth in umpiring back then. Lee Miles seemed particularly keen during an umpiring bye in April 1976, when he not only produced a two inch ring to measure stick width, but a twelve inch ruler to check the maximum width of goalie pads! That day he rejected no less than eight sticks for overwidth binding.

The Under 17 North side was the only junior side to make the finals in 1976, just scraping into the top four in a six team grade. They also advanced to the preliminary final, although this was due to a forfeit by Old Guildford. The next week they lost narrowly to top side Applecross YMCA 4-3.

Under 17 North

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

For

Agst.

Points

Applecross YMCA

12

9

2

1

36

18

19

Bas. Morley

13

8

3

2

35

24

18

Old Guildford

13

7

3

3

47

18

17

Kalamunda

13

4

5

4

25

29

12

The Under 15 North team finished seventh in a nine team grade (14 games, 5 wins, 9 losses, 28 goals for, 54 against), while the Under 13 North side was fifth of seven teams (14 games, 6 wins, 6 losses, 3 draws, 40 goals for, 60 against), equal on 15 points with the fourth placed side but missing out on goal difference.

1977

President: Royce Spencer; Vice-President: Bill Edwards; Secretary: Rob Kenny; Treasurer: Mark Weinman; Committee: Dave Scanlon, Mike Chambers, Peter Eaton, Dave Hocken, Peter Madin, Joe Bruers. Coach: Stan Cook.

The move was made to Hartfield Park, with the promise of improved facilities and the room for three fields. This season was played without night training, as floodlights weren’t in place, meaning that the main training was on Sundays.

One of the lower teams had long been effectively a veterans team. This year it became official, playing in the newly initiated Veterans grade, with the team organised by Ron Whitelaw. The team also featured the name of Dennis Wills, which may surprise those who know him – surely he’s not that old? It must be remembered that back then, Vets was for players over 35, and that two under-aged players were allowed. The then 29-years-old Dennis, who hadn’t played hockey up until then, actually began his long association with Kalamunda by going straight to Vets. They finished ninth in a ten team grade (14 games, 1 win, 12 losses, 1 draw, 17 goals for, 49 against, 3 points.

The other teams were 1B, 2B, 3C and Reserve Blue, with the same three junior grades as the previous season.

The 1B side late in the season looked like this:

                                                J. Bruers

                                D. Newton                 B. Edwards

                M. Weinman                 B. Sherry                 D. Wilson

R. Spencer         R. Bartlett         W. Smithers         R. Smith         C. Spencer (C)

A typical 2B side that season:

                                                P. Schlawe

                                I. Blazey                             M. Dale

                P. Eaton                     W. Garside (C)                 D. Hocken

M. Ruck             M. Chambers         K. Eaton         J. McGuckin         A. Whitelaw

Ron De Jong was also a frequent member of this side. Unfortunately, both teams finished in the relegation zone, showing that a big step-up in class was required then as it is now. The 1B side was second from bottom (5 points above Bas. Morley), 3 wins, 10 losses, 4 draws, 15 goals for, 33 against and 10 points from 17 games. The 2B’s were equal on 7 points with Old Guildford but bottom on goal difference (15 games, 1 win, 9 losses, 5 draws, 9 goals for, 29 against).

The Reserve Blue side also struggled, finishing sixth in an eight team grade, with 7 wins and 10 losses, 33 goals for and 29 against. The 3C side provided the one shining light for the season, beating Perth 2-1 in the Challenge Cup, and qualifying for the finals in second spot, well clear of the remainder of the grade, as the top four results show:

3C

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

For

Agst.

Points

Perth

15

13

2

0

80

13

26

Kalamunda

16

12

3

1

53

21

25

Canning Districts

16

5

5

6

25

30

16

Rangers

15

7

6

2

18

26

16

In the Under 15 North side, Mark Stibi and Andrew Lean welcomed the goal-scoring talents of John Bestall, on his way to greater things. The team finished sixth out of ten teams (17 games, 9 wins, 8 losses, 34 goals for, 54 against, 18 points). The other two junior sides struggled, with Under 17 North second-last in a nine team grade (16 games, 1 win, 13 losses, 2 draws, 17 for, 85 against, 4 points) and Under 13 North last out of eleven teams (17 games, 1 win, 14 losses, 2 draws, 7 goals for, 102 against, 4 points).

1978

President: David Scanlon; Vice-President: Nairn Ashworth; Secretary: Peter Birch; Treasurer: Kevin Hopkins; Committee: Glen Price, Derek and Freda Worsey, Wayne Smithers, Rob Kenney, Dave Hocken, Kim Ledger.

Lights were installed in time for the start of the season. While construction of the Hartfield Park Recreation Centre commenced, this wouldn’t be available until the next season. The Hartfield Park Advisory Committee, with representatives from all sports that used the grounds, was also formed.

Summer hockey was introduced for juniors, playing under indoor rules on the old tennis court surface of the Kalamunda Club at Stirk Park.

Dave Scanlon and Nairn Ashworth were President and Vice President, respectively. Kim Ledger, a committee member, was also providing sponsorship, hence it was intended to place ROTORMOTION badges on the players shirts. Unfortunately, this was disallowed by WAHA, on the basis that it was against international rules!

The club had 5 senior sides (1C, 2C, 3B, 4C and Vets A) and 4 junior sides (U11, U13, U15, U17). The 1C side late in the season looked as follows (although Derek Worsey also made odd appearances):

                                                    J. Bruers

                                    D. Newton             T. Lushey

                M. Weinman                 I. Blazey                 A. Fewings (c)

A. Whitelaw            R. Smith         R. Kenney         R. Heath         R. Spencer

A typical 2C side, captained by Charlie Calleja, is shown below. Other names to play in that side during the season included Royce Spencer and Dave Hocken. Well-known names in the 4ths were John Maher and Dave Hartley.

                                                K. Hopkins

                                D. Wilson                 W. Edwards

                C. Calleja (c)                 P. Eaton                     C. Dawe

M. Spykers         W. Smithers         J. McGucken         M. Pearce         W. Garside

The 1C side missed out on playing in the Challenge Cup, but improved after that to qualify second in a tight grade, with Robert Heath (ex YMCA who played for WA) scoring 12 goals for the season.

1C

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

For

Agst.

Points

Redcliffe

16

9

2

5

32

16

23

Kalamunda

16

8

2

6

43

19

22

Canning Districts

16

8

3

5

31

11

21

Rangers

16

5

3

8

28

21

18

They defeated Redcliffe Rovers 2-1 in the semi-final, with Andrew Whitelaw equalising to force the game into extra-time. Joe Bruers saved a stroke in the first period of extra-time. Andrew Whitelaw scored again for the win, sending the club back to 1B. Kala defeated Rangers 3-1 in the grand final thanks to goals from R. Smith, R. Kenney and R. Heath. The “Old Master” Nairn Ashworth was used off the bench to great effect.

Kalamunda’s 2C side finished sixth of nine teams (15 games, 5 wins, 7 losses, 3 draws, 15 goals for, 20 against, 13 points), while the promoted 3B’s were last (16 games for 15 losses and a solitary draw, 10 goals for, 44 against). The 4C side finished in fourth spot (16 games, 7 wins, 7 losses, 32 draws, 37 for, 24 against, 16 points). Their 3-0 win against Willeton was crucial in scrapping into the finals. The Veterans were ninth out of eleven teams (17 games, 5 wins, 11 losses, 1 draw, 30 for, 51 against, 11 points).

Mark Stibi was still playing full-back, this time for the Under 17 North side, with John McGucken up forward. They finished sixth out of eight teams, with 6 wins and 12 losses from their 18 games, 26 goals for and 48 against. Paul Berry, Scott Clingan (goals), Don Miller, Doug Kirkwood, Rod Love and Neil Gordon were in Under 13 North, which finished eighth from twelve teams (17 games, 4 wins, 10 losses, 3 draws, 12 for, 46 against). The Under 11 North side was full of talent, with Andrew and Mike Love, Jon Burgess, Simon and Andrew Scanlon, Damien Pavlinovich, Steve Stewart and Mark Lewis (who according to the end-of-season Hotline, was “showing new potential as a solid hitting fullback”). Mike Love scored 31 goals for the season. They played in the club’s only Challenge Cup for the season, losing 1-0 to Perth. After going on to finish top in a nine team grade (16 games, 14 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw, 52 goals for and 13 against), they won their semi-final against Perth 4-0, with Mike Love scoring 3 goals and Patrick Willix 1. However, they lost the grand final, again falling 1-0 to Perth. The Under 15 East side were fifth in their eight team grade, 6 wins, 8 losses and a draw, 24 goals for and 48 against.

Fairest and best for the Under 17s was John McGucken (now a Veterans player at Mods), Stephen Berry for the Under 15s and Andrew Cassidy for the Under 13s.  Our inaugural Under 11s side finished top of the ladder and won the grand final.  The picture below shows from the left Patrick Willix (partly obscured), Mike Love, Andrew Love, Simon Scanlon, Mark Lewis, Matthew Scanlon (plain clothes, not playing) and Jon Burgess (holding pennant). The woman in red is Janet Burgess (team manager) and to her left is Janet Scanlon.

1979

With the Recreation Centre now complete, the club now had access to rooms within a 100 yards of the hockey fields, and while this was considered a great advance, it still wasn’t the same as having dedicated clubrooms. Dave Scanlon and Nairn Ashworth continued their leadership roles.

Bill Colquhoun was appointed coach of the 1B side. The club had 6 senior sides (also 2C, 3C, 4C, Reserve Green and Vets) and now 6 junior sides. The Vets had famous names from the clubs past such as Ray Thompson, Steve Fairbotham, John Doepel and Alan Lean, with Ralph Blazey possibly even making the odd appearance. Steve Rawlings appeared at the club that year, and was used in the 1B’s (a large full-back who shouldn’t be confused with the much smaller Steve Rawling who joined in the 90s and now plays Vets).

The 1B side early in the season looked like this:

                                            J. Bruers

                                D. Newton         B. Colquhoun

                Ian Blazey             M. Weinman                 B. Sherry

R. Spencer         R. Smith       J. McGucken         R. Heath         A. Whitelaw

By late July, the committee asked Bill Colquhoun to step down in response to the poor performance of the 1B side. Dave Newton took over fitness training, Mark Weinman as captain, and Nairn Ashworth as overall Director of training. Eventually Kalamunda did just enough to retain 1B status even with only six points for the season, seeing Redcliffe Rovers and Christ Church relegated (bottom three places on the ladder shown below).

1B

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

For

Agst.

Points

Kalamunda

18

2

12

4

22

49

8

Redcliffe

18

1

13

4

17

59

6

Christ Church

18

1

14

3

25

70

5

Peter Evans was playing at the club, but as one “Hotline” announced, he “celebrated his promotion to the second side by getting transferred to Port Hedland.”

The 2C, 3C and Reserve Green sides all made Challenge Cups that year. The 2C score was 0-0 with Redcliffe Rovers when bad light stopped play (the final results was a 2-1 win to Redcliffe). 3C defeated Christ Church 7-6 (Ledger 3, D. Smith 2, Chapman, Ashworth) on penalty strokes, while Reserve Green lost to Fremantle 3-2 in extra time.

The same sides also qualified for the finals (top four positions shown below). The 4C side just missed out on finals by goal difference, finishing fifth from eight teams (18 games, 8 wins, 7 losses, 3 draws, 38 for, 26 against, 19 points), while the Vets B were also fifth from seven teams (16 games, 6 wins, 8 losses, 2 draws, 34 for, 35 against, 14 points).

2C

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

For

Agst.

Points

Redcliffe

16

10

2

4

45

16

24

WAIT

16

10

3

3

36

14

23

Kalamunda

16

9

4

3

37

17

21

Old Guildford

16

9

5

2

34

26

20

3C

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

For

Agst.

Points

Christ Church

17

14

2

1

63

13

29

Kalamunda

17

11

2

4

47

16

26

Rangers

17

7

5

5

38

27

19

Old Guildford

17

8

7

2

34

46

18

Reserve Green (7 teams)

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

For

Agst.

Points

Fremantle

15

13

1

1

59

17

27

Kalamunda

16

9

3

4

41

21

22

Whitford

15

8

3

4

40

24

20

Marist

16

7

5

4

39

27

18

The 2C side was eliminated in the first week of the finals, losing 2-3 to Old Guildford. 3C lost their semi-final to Christ Church 3-0, and the following week were eliminated 1-2 by Rangers.

The Reserve Green team consisted of Peter Birch (captain), Dave Scanlon, Max Dale, Paul Bailey, Dave Hartley, Ross Duncan, Keiron Sutton, Vince Arthur, John Ingram, Glen Price and Charlie Calleja, with Steve Taylor in goals. They were relieved to have avoided Whitford in the finals, having lost to them twice in the regular season. The team advanced straight to the grand final by beating Fremantle 3-2 in the semi (having lost to them 5-0 the previous week). Paul Bailey was carried off in the semi after he scored the winning goal running into the back of the net at full speed. In the grand final against Fremantle, Dave Scanlon missed two penalty flicks in the first half, and the team was down a goal before Ross Duncan scored his only goal of the year. Max Dale then converted two penalty corners (off hand stops by Peter Birch), and Keiron Sutton a corner rebound before Fremantle scored late, giving Kalamunda a 4-2 win.

 

1979 Reserve Green Premiership team

Back row: Vince Arthur, Kieran Sutton, John Ingram, Ross Duncan, Charlie Calleja, Max Dale, Steve Taylor.

Front row: Glen Price, Peter Birch (captain), Dave Scanlon, Paul Bailey, Dave Hartley.

[Photo provided by Peter Birch]

The Under 17 North side was last in an eight team grade (a win and two draws from 16 games, 13 for and 74 against). The Under 15 North side contained Pat Bunday (a top-squad player of the 80s) and Chris Little, who tragically died in the late 80s while piloting a plane that crashed in the goldfields. They ended the season second last out of ten teams, with a win, 14 losses and 3 draws, 16 for and 74 against. Mike Love moved up to Under 13s, where he joined Brett Tyrie. Under 13 North were last of ten teams, with just two wins and a draw from their 18 games (22 goals for, 93 against). Under 13 East fared much better, finishing fourth of nine teams with eight wins and a draw from 16 games (29 for, 25 against).

Under 11s now had all three Scanlon boys (Simon, Andrew, Matt) as well as Mark Lewis (a permanent fixture in the top sides since the mid-80s, life member and Club President). They stared the season in Under 11 East, and played in the Challenge Cup, losing 6-0 to Victoria Park. At that point of the season the best teams were drawn out of the regional grades to form an Under 11A grade (the first “A” junior side for the club). They finished sixth of eight team in that grade, with their 9 games yielding 2 wins, 6 losses and a draw, 4 goals for and 27 against.