Heroes the lot of them


Yesterday’s Heroes deserves a place on your bookshelf.

It’s funny how things turn out. Earlier this year I discovered the scoreboard at Nukarni which is, as you know, between Nungarin and Merredin in the Eastern Wheatbelt. A little research led me to John Crook, Nukarni’s finest player, who a had brief but triumphant impact on footy in the city. Crook played 42 games in two seasons with South Fremantle, was a premiership player in 1950 and represented WA five times. Then he went back to the farm. Continue reading

Being there: the day Bernie kicked 23 by Norman Ashton


Headline in The West Australian Monday 10 August 1953.

As a 17 year-old, died-in-the-wool South Fremantle fan, I went to Fremantle Oval on the afternoon of Saturday 8 August 1953 to watch the all-conquering red-and-white-angels play Subiaco in the WANFL. Continue reading