President: Mark Lewis; Vice Presidents: Phil Fawell (mens), Angela Penberthy (Metro womens), Clare Munro (Hills women); Secretary: John Boogaard, then passed on to Tanya Penberthy; Treasurer: Dennis Wills; Committee: Ray Barry, Robbie Cameron, Jo Rowcroft (Minkey), Margaret Howe (Juniors).
Gosnells ceased to exist over the off-season, and by the end of 2001, Stirling City was no longer a part of the State League grades. Both clubs had been larger than Kalamunda through the 80’s and early 90’s, demonstrating that survival in the modern era for clubs below the elite level can never be taken for granted.
The 2001 season saw the introduction of the club’s website, the brain-child of Kevin Taylor and Anton Brown. As the Hotline announcing the website stated: “you’d expect these two to produce a pretty ugly child between them, but its proved to be very successful to date, and is much appreciated by former members interstate or overseas.” Hosted by IT West (a company run by long-time club members Kevin Taylor and Jeff Hortin), the site’s design then and since has been in the care of Anton Brown (yet another IT professional in the club). Interestingly, the website has probably brought the club more new members since 2001 than all newspaper advertising over the same period.
New player profiles published in the Hotline for 2001 included the following notables:
Grant Fitzgerald. Played 1B’s while still in Under 17s, Grant took a year off from hockey in 2000, but has returned better and (much) bigger this season. Has established himself as a regular in the 1B defence (admittedly not a sought-after position). Can be distinguished from his “big” brother Simon by the absence of glasses, nipple-rings and yellow cards. Following the Wine & Cheese Night, should not turn his back around Robbie for the rest of the year.
Steve Thomas. The fourth of the Thomas clan to play at Kalamunda, playing 2B’s with brother Ben. Steve played one game for our 2C side in 1999 while on a visit to Perth, scoring the only goal in a game at Newman. His favourite position is centre forward, while his least favourite is anywhere else. Has that Thomas pace (i.e. none), knows where the goals are and intends to get there some day.
Mike Loly. Played one game for the 3D’s last year while down in Perth from the far-north. Despite that experience, is back for a full season. Is using the 3D games as a warm-up for Country Week, when he’ll be playing for the Kimberley Krocs. Has not only added skill and experience to the thirds, but also some new ideas, like attending training regularly and paying fees.
Tracey Blair. Not really “new” (approaching “old” in fact), but back this year after the birth of her second child. A giant amongst the State League 7 pygmies, Tracey can also be distinguished by her novel approach to wearing her skirt. Can play forward or back, and is just as likely to get hurt at either end of the field (but slightly less likely than Angela).
In May, Kalamunda lost the services of Brett “Hamstrings” Heather, who had been an important part of the top squad since 1999. In 2000 and 2001 he was a focal point for the 1B attack whenever available (he scored in his last game for Kalamunda, a 1-7 loss to Mods). He was also a highly popular Minkey guide, coaching a team of “graduates.” Brett did his best to juggle work to fit in games, often playing a half before rushing off to make his shift. He moved to England, returning only briefly since on holidays.
Brett’s departure came at a bad time for the club. The Kalamunda senior men were now in State 1B for their fifth straight season, with no other stint in the club’s history being longer than two seasons. The young squad that had won 1C in 1996 were mostly still there, but the grind of constantly struggling to avoid relegation had drained them of energy, form and, in some cases, commitment. Apart from Anton Brown and Chad Brookes, all additions to the team had come from the club’s juniors, putting more pressure on the core players.
The one shining light for the year was team captain Lyle Robertson, who took his game to a new level. He often appeared to be playing a lone hand against higher quality opposition, and occasionally his frustration with his team became hard to contain as he tried to lift them in vain. He was a clear choice as Club Champion, leading the best player voting from Robbie Cameron. This was some consolation after a year with no wins and only five draws (16 goals for, 78 against), in last place and eight points below their closest opponent. It was to be Lyle’s last season with the club, going on to play successfully at a higher level for Lakers, then Harlies.
The State 2B’s should’ve been relegated at the end of 2000, but the shambles that State 2C had become meant there was no club wanting promotion. 2001 started in much better fashion – after two early losses to the eventual top sides, the 2B’s had a great five week stretch, with two 2-1 wins (over Blades and Riverside) and draws with Newman (1-1) and Mods (3-3). The draw with the physical and desperate Mods, coming back from 1-3 down, was a season highlight. Much of the credit for this good run went to the defence of Mark Lewis and the still unbelievable pace up forward of Marty Campbell, but younger players like Mark Pepper and Jerome “Jezza” Goerke were also prominent. Unfortunately, injuries and inexperience saw the side effectively collapse in the second half of the season, again finishing last, with three wins, three draws (24 goals for and 67 against, just two points and goal difference off ninth spot. Mark Lewis was Fairest & Best, with Jerome Goerke runner-up.
Graham Ryan’s “Rookie of the Year” was Duane Watene, who had come across from Blades to play Under 17’s, but also became a key defender in the top squad, mostly in the State 2B’s. Unfortunately, it was his only season with Kalamunda, as he returned to Blades the following year (where his mother was a committee member).
The only successful men’s team for the season was the Metro 3D’s. Seven wins and four draws for the season left them comfortably clear of the fifth place and in finals for the first time since 1995. Much of the team’s scoring came from Jeremy “Bee-Boy” Selley, playing his first senior season several years after a promising junior career, although he was ably assisted at times by John Boogaard and Brett Zimmer. The blend of raw, energetic youth with slow but hungry veterans made the side competitive in all games, even dominating the weaker sides at times. They rarely played with the same players two weeks in a row, and while having players on the bench in every game was great, a lack of stability cost them against the top three sides. In the last half of the season they drew many games they should’ve won, meaning they clinched their finals berth much later than they deserved.
Their season ended with a 3-2 loss to WASPs in the elimination semi-final. After a scoreless first half, WASPs went 2-0 up, the first goal from a turn-over in defence, the second from a short-corner in which the defenders were suckered into running late, setting up an easy conversion. Against the run of play, Kalamunda equalised through two Jeremy Selley goals, the second from a brilliant solo run. Unfortunately, a slick short corner only minutes later snuck under goalkeeper Phil Fawell’s arm, and ended all scoring.
David Aylmore – Was still an Under 17 in 2001, but always keen to fill in for the 3D’s, where he exhibited boundless energy and enthusiasm in whatever positions he was asked to play.
Brett Zimmer – Raw, erratic and often baffling, but blessed with a great turn of speed. His confidence grew after scoring a few goals.
John Boogaard – Early on was lent to the Veterans until the side realised he was in the best goal scoring (or seagulling) form of his life. Still shouldn’t be allowed to push out on short corners.
Kevin Taylor – “Captain Kev” played in almost every field position in 2001, but did his best work up forward. Slightly less inclined to debate with umpires than in previous seasons.
Andy Vincent – First choice left–half back, dependable tagger and stopper whose passing is improving steadily. After five seasons with the club, finally got to experience a winning year (maybe he should’ve shaved his head earlier!)
Jeremy Selley –Tireless worker who has an uncomplicated game in which he always offers an option, takes most of his chances and never makes a fuss. Second in Fairest & Best voting despite missing many games.
Stewie Maddison – Missed much of the early season. Right wing specialist who still can generate the perfect pass across the face of goals.
Craig Gouldthorp – Returned to the club half way through the season after a number of years away. Played his best games at full-back, but was later required to move to right-half. Endeared himself to many opposition forwards.
Phil Fawell – Struggled to come to terms with the fact that he was getting a lot less work in goals this year, but compensated by screaming at his team-mates more. Also filled in twice for the State 1B’s, giving him the unusual distinction of keeping for the club’s top side over three decades!
Marnix Vermaas – New player from Holland who distinguished himself with some of the most amazing saves ever seen in the last line of defence. Work commitments prevented him from playing more than two games in a row at any time.
Peter Evans – “Ageless” Evans continued to be the side’s most reliable defender, although teething problems with a new stick did result in some uncharacteristic turnovers.
Ron Tanner – Everyone’s favourite right-half, but can still only play 3:30 games. At his very best early in the season when he was able to string some games together.
Jeff Hortin – With the birth of child number eight, “Mr Fertile” had a slow start to the season, but was soon his reliable self. Goal tally for the season didn’t come anywhere near his number of children, but he created many opportunities.
Rowan Monk – First year player who improved each week. Has the oddest but most effective tackling style ever seen. Just don’t remind him that he didn’t score a goal during the season.
Mike Loly – A former coach of the Forrestfield Women. Mike was moved to centre-half part way through the first game and was never shifted again. Combined well with Ron and Jeremy. Did his best to educate the younger players (not his fault no-one listened). Winner of the team’s Fairest & Best trophy.
Special mention should be made of junior goalkeeper Tyler Lovell, who received 39 best player votes in his one game for the 3D’s (a rare win over a brutal WASPs side). At the end of the season he was also best player for WA in the State Under 15s in their 2-1 loss to the Northern Territory. Not surprisingly, he was named the club’s best junior player for the season.
Having reached Division 1 Over 40’s for the first time, it was necessary to recruit some “fresh” blood, something that wasn’t coming through the ranks at that time. Terry Cooke and Chris Penwald provided some much needed class, but the side did lose Stuart Rehling (basically, too young to get away with playing Division 1). Kalamunda was always going to struggle at the top Veterans level, but did have some special moments, most notably a 2-1 win at Hartfield over a WASPs side featuring former State and Australian player. The winner was set-up by Mike Robinson and scored by Jeff Bell, making one of his final appearances for the club. WAHA had asked teams in the grade if they wanted to play any turf games, an offer which Kalamunda declined. Despite this, WAHA changed Kalamunda’s home game against Hale to be played on the Hale turf on a Saturday afternoon, but never brought the fixture change to their attention. The Kalamunda players found out too late, and so the game was re-scheduled for a Sunday (on the Hale turf), meaning Kalamunda played two days in a row, while for Hale it followed a Saturday bye. Not surprisingly, Hale won 4-0. This proved the critical game of the year, as Kalamunda finished last with three wins and two draws (15 for, 42 against), just one win behind Hale and safety from relegation. Terry Cooke took the best player trophy for the season, with Alan Mihala runner-up
Over 40’s Division 3 had perhaps the toughest season of all, with just four draws to show from their 16 games (15 goals for, 54 against), finishing in last spot, 11 points behind the side above them. There were strong contributions from Graeme Fletcher, John Angove, Graham Ryan, Dave Savill and Alf Schneider (when available), as well as Dennis Wills and Warren Redmond-Ball, who shared goalie duties. The legendary Bob Sturgeon came out of retirement to help the team late in the season, playing his first games for Kalamunda in more than a decade.
The Hills Women were the only senior team to make a grand final, which they won, 1-0 against Roleystone. The State League 7 women, coached by Robbie Cameron, went out in their semi-final 1-0 to UWA in rather controversial circumstances – the goal came from a short corner shot, up off the goalie’s kickers straight up in the air. A UWA forward came rushing in, and WITH STICK OVER HER HEAD, swatted downwards to knock in the ball from shoulder height. After the game, the umpire claimed the ball had already crossed the line, but curiously, she’d marked the “Swatter” as the scorer. Kristy Abbott was the team’s best player over the season, with Tanya Penberthy runner-up.
Of the juniors, the Under 15C girls and Under 15 South Boys both went out in the elimination semi-finals. The girls played in a five team grade and qualified third with only two wins and three draws from 11 games (4 goals for, 17 against). They played their semi-final at Hartfield against St Brigids, a team with a similar record, and took the game to extra time before losing. The boys had qualified fourth in a six team grade with five wins and four draws from 14 games (21 goals for, 20 against). Under 15 B South Boys finished fifth in a seven team grade (one win, two draws, three losses, 2 for, 7 against). Under 17B Red “Boys” also included two girls – Kristy Abbott and Tamara Morrell, both who easily held their own in a physical grade. The team was coached by Dennis Wills, in his sixteenth straight season involved in junior coaching, and featured Duane Watene, Nathan Basinski, Daniel Griffiths, David Aylmore, Chad Whinnett and Michael Rowlands. They finished fifth of eight (four wins, five draws, five losses, 21 for, 27 against) – the five draws were the telling part of their season, and cost them a spot in the finals. Under 13 South-East were sixth of eight (three wins, three draws, eight losses, 13 for, 25 against) and Under 11B South were fifth of six (two wins, two draws, ten losses, 11 for, 53 against).
The Under 13B South side had a shock 2-1 win over the previously undefeated top side Mundaring in their semi-final, and went straight into the grand-final, Two weeks later they faced Mundaring again, this time losing.
Under 13B South (top 4 from an 8 team grade)