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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 3:29 PM

Ine December 2012 the Perth Football Club mourned the death of 1955 premiership player,  Roy Harper. Roy made an indelible impact on the club during his 11 year career as a senior player for  213 games, including captaining the league team in 1964.

Roy joined the club in 1954 when it was still based at the WACA ground. He came with a big reputation.

He had been vice captain of Midland in the Metropolitan Junior Football Association, which played on Saturdays. On Sundays Roy played with Herne Hill in the Hills Association, winning the association's fairest and best award.

Roy initially played for Perth on the wing and a half forward flank. It was as a half forward in the 1955 grand final that his accurate left foot notched two invaluable goals in the team's 11-goal total that were crucial in getting the club across the line by two points, breaking a 48-year premiership drought.

The grand final team was led by Roy's older brother Keith, who also captained WA and achieved All Australian selection as a wingman.

Roy later found his niche on the half back line where he quickly established a reputation as a no nonsense defender who made his opponent earn every kick.  From that position he won three Butcher Medals as fairest and best in the league side. In 1962 he also won the Simpson Medal  for his outstanding performance for Western Australia against South Australia.

At one stage Roy's colleagues on Perth's half back line were Neville Beard (1961 Sandover Medallist), and 1955 premiership team mate, the late Charlie Skehan. They were all, at the time, serving police officers. The Demons' first line of defence became known as the "arresting half back line".

The massive contribution of Roy and Keith Harper to our club was recognised when the annual Legends award was introduced. Roy and Keith were made joint legends, marking their long and brilliant careers with our club.

The Perth Football Club extends its sincere sympathy to the Harper family on Roy's passing.

* By Peter Kennedy

Ride to the Other Side

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:47 PM

The Rotary Club of Armadale is participating in the chairty event Ride to the Other Side, an epic mower ride around Ausrtalia, driving a Hustler Super Z Mower 15,000KM over the next six years and raising $1 Million dollars for Rotary Projects.


Craig Alford from Armadale Mower World, proud sponsor of the Perth Football Club, is the Assistant District Governor of Rotary District 9465. Craig will be riding the mower over 2,100KM from Kalgoorlie to Adelaide in the ride's second leg in February 2013.Departing on 15 February from the Kalgoorlie Golf Club, Craig will be making a grand entrance at the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar round in Adelaide on 28 February.


Craig and the Rotary team (12 volunteers) has already completed the first leg of the journey in March 2012 with a 661KM ride from Perth to Kalgoorlie, successfully raising $65,000 for several worthy causes.


In 2013, Craig and the Rotarty team are aiming to raise $200,000 to assist with Mental Health Research through Australian Rotary Health, Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness through Rotarty Projects and EJ Whitten Foundation.



If you can help Craig and his team Ride to the Other Side (companies can be involved in branding recognition), please contact Craig.


Craig Alford

District 9465 Assistant Governor

Handicamp Chair 2010-2011-2012

Rotary Club of Armadale

0417 172 651

Support Phoenix Shutdown Services and the David Wirrpanda Foundation

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 7:50 PM







Support Phoenix Shutdown Services (sponsor of the Perth Football Club) and the David Wirrpanda Foundation by buying tickets to their Corporate Golf Day on 8 March 2013. All proceeds go to the David Wirrpanda Foundation.

For more information on the day and how to purchase tickets click here.

Colts & RWF Training Schedules

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 2:48 PM

Please click on one of the following links for updated training schedules for the Colts and Robert Wiley Foundations 16's group.


RWF 16's