A great weekend to celebrate 100 years of football in Minnipa

People from all over Eyre Peninsula travelled to Minnipa as the community celebrated 100 years of football in the town.

More than 120 past and present football member and supporters came together at last Friday’s dinner to reminisce and celebrate.

Special guest Greg Phillips spoke throughout the evening of his playing days as a young colt at the Minnipa Football Club, before going on to have a successful playing career in SANFL and later the AFL.

He had the entire room hanging on every word and those in the crowd said it was great to hear about his football life and how important grassroots country football is.

Past premiership players from 1951 and 1957 cut the centenary cake and the evening had a great atmosphere as players were interviewed about their time at the club.

Committee member Jacqui Daniell said the dinner was a huge success, exceeding the committee’s expectations.

The following day a large crowd gathered at Minnipa Oval as Jerel Fromm played his 200th senior match and Western Districts’ A grade squad proudly wore the Minnipa Football Club eagle and a sea of blue and gold took over the field.

Led by coach Scott Feltus the players delivered a stellar performance to take home the points in a huge win against Wirrulla, with the the best on ground awarded to Districts’ Brodie Falciani, who was presented a one-off Minnipa football centenary medallion by Greg Phillips.

Another special guest with long-serving South Australian football commissioner David Shipway, who spoke to the crowd after the match and congratulated all involved in working to recognise the significance of what football means to the community.

He donated a limited edition framed print by Melbourne artist Jamie Cooper with a painting depicting 150 years of Australian football called ‘The Game that Made Australia’ and a personalised message from AFL great Kevin Sheedy.

The auction of the print and commemorative guernseys followed live entertainment from Bonkers and the club was full with a vibrant atmosphere at the end of a successful day.

Guest auctioneer Jeremy Wagner kicked off the auction and there was a bidding frenzy which raised $8735 for Western Districts – guernsey number 22 reached the top price of $770, purchased by Paul Lynch of Poochera.

The limited edition print was auctioned, with proceeds going to the Minnipa Sports Club. When bidding reached $2100 Mr Shipway generously donated a second print from his own office so both bidders could take home the print.

Congratulations to Ned Wendland and Matt Cook, with $4200 raised for the club to finish a fantastic weekend.