Decades of victory

Scotchtown Football Club will celebrate two anniversaries next week, the first being 40 years since the 1977 Grand Final, the first Seniors victory in the club’s history. A celebration will be held at the Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre’s Hall of Fame next Saturday (July 29) from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Mark ‘Shorty’ Jenkins will emcee the occasion. The anniversaries will coincide with the club’s final home game of the CHFA season and the Life Members’ and Sponsors’ Day.

Anniversary. Scotchtown Football Club will commemorate two memorable milestones next week.

The club will celebrate the anniversaries of the 1977 and 1987 Grand Finals which mark the first flag won by the Seniors then one decade on when all three sides recorded premiership victories.

Forming in 1950, the club’s first Grand Final victory was secured by the Reserves side in 1954, the same year the Tigers debuted the golden sash rather than stripes.

In 1962, Scotchtown and Marrawah football clubs amalgamated however in 1976 the club became known as the Scotchtown Tigers once again.

The Tigers have etched their name in the premiership cup 27 times throughout history, dominating the Circular Head Football Association competition during the late eighties and early nineties.

Kayden Edwards coached the Seniors to premiership glory in 1977 before Rodney Medwin led the senior side to victory a decade later while Tommy Riley and David Grey coached the Seconds and Under 16s to the 1987 victories respectively.

Forest Stanley challenged Scotchtown for the victory in 1977 but were ultimately defeated 8.7.55 to 5.10.40.

Fast forward 10 years and Irishtown met Scotchtown in both the Seniors and Seconds games while Forest Stanley played the Under 16s.

The Tigers had no trouble securing victories as the Seniors stormed home with 14.17.101 to 8.15.63, the Seconds recorded 12.9.81 to 8.8.56 and the Under 16s earned a 95 point victory, 20.12.132 to 5.7.37.

Donna Walters (nee Birtwhistle) was the club ambassador at the time of the 1977 milestone while Wendy Fenton (nee Spinks) held the role in 1987. This year, Todd Wilson makes club history as the first male ambassador.

Joining the club in 1988, Wilson says the social environment at Scotchtown is infectious.

“It’s a hard club to get away from,” he laughs.

“It is a terrific family club to be a part of, if your parents aren’t here supporting you on the sidelines, you can be sure your grandparents are here.

“For a club that sometimes lacks the numbers on the field we have always had the support. I’ve seen members in the club rooms with tears in their eyes while singing the anthem.”

Coaching the Reserves side to the 1999 Grand Final, Wilson says his highlight is watching youngsters progress through the ranks.

“Watching the kids develop over the years has been a big thrill.”

Michael French, who joined the club in 1963 and fondly recalls the momentous Grand Finals, holds records of the club’s history.

“I love the place, I grew up with the club. A lot of our history would have disappeared when they knocked down the old club rooms, if we haven’t got our history then one day it will all just be gone.”

French has held roles as president and secretary in the past and was inducted as Life Member in 1983 before becoming a CHFA Life Member in 2010.

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