Celebrating 100 years of football at Rudall

All smiles: Committee members Matthew Dunn, Mark Hannemann and Mignon Dunn with the heritage guernsey.
All smiles: Committee members Matthew Dunn, Mark Hannemann and Mignon Dunn with the heritage guernsey.

The radiant red and gold of Rudall will be making a comeback on Saturday, August 10.

The Rudall Community Sports Club will revert to the former colour scheme in celebration of a century of football in the community, as they take on their old rivals, Ports Football Club.

These guernseys celebrate the premierships of the 70s and will be auctioned off after the A-grade game.

Live music and fun will follow the auction.

The Western Rovers Football Club was formed on June 27, 1919, which evolved to the Rudall Club in 1921.

The original colours of maroon and white were replaced in the 1960s to red with a gold V.

Rudall amalgamated with Alsbra Park in 1964, and again in recent history, with Cleve in 2012 to become the Eastern Ranges as they currently play today.

This 100-year milestone comes during one of the club's most successful periods, with the reserves on a winning streak and the junior colts on their seventh premiership in succession.

The A-grade team has won 10 premierships over the years, a tremendous achievement for a small club.

The club had several prominent players over the years including Darren Smith, Sam Gray and Nigel Fiegert.

Darren Smith played all his junior football for Rudall before moving to Adelaide and playing much of his football with the Port Adelaide Magpies and nine games for the Adelaide Crows.

Sam Gray played all his junior football for Rudall before moving to Adelaide and playing for the Port Adelaide Magpies.

Eric and Bob Potter: The Potter family were founding members of the district.

Eric and Bob Potter: The Potter family were founding members of the district.

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He has now nearly clocked up his hundredth game for Port Adelaide Power.

Nigel Fiegert Played all his junior football for Rudall before moving to Adelaide, playing for the Port Adelaide Magpies and the Port Adelaide AFL side.

Committee members Mark Hannemann, Matthew Dunn and Mignon Dunn have been involved with the club for many years, in varying roles including president, secretary, coach, player and spectators.

Mark is the current president of the Eastern Ranges Football Club and says 100 years is a good excuse for a celebration and to acknowledge where the club has come from.

"It's hard to imagine what sorts of conditions players had back in the day and how far we have progressed," he said.

"Football and netball is undoubtedly the most important social event that happens in our small community."

"Volunteering, physical exercise, social activity and economic impacts - they all play a large part."

"There is nothing better that can replace it so we must continue to make it work and evolve."

The club is also celebrating the centenary with a dinner on Friday, August 9.

Many former players are expected to return to the club from far and wide to attend the sit-down dinner.

"We will have guest speakers to reminisce about the past and tell stories of some antics and memories," said Mignon Dunn.

Guests are encouraged to bring any Rudall Football memorabilia to be displayed.

Alsbra Park Football Club 1956.

Alsbra Park Football Club 1956.

The club has celebrated many successes over the years including the following premierships:

A-grade

  • 1924 Western Rovers 2-8 def Cleve 2-7
  • 1925 Western Rovers def Cleve
  • 1956 Rudall 8-11 def Cleve 6-5
  • 1957 Rudall 15-11 def Darke Peak 8-9
  • 1972 Rudall 22-16 def Darke Peak 8-6
  • 1973 Rudall 23-11 def Arno Bay 11-7
  • 1977 Rudall 12-12 def Darke Peak 10-10
  • 2012 Eastern Ranges 16-12 def Kimba 14-6
  • 2013 Eastern Ranges 13-9 def Kimba 8-11
  • 2015 Eastern Ranges 13-14 def Kimba 9-10
Centenary book.

Centenary book.

Reserves

  • 1976 Rudall def Cowell
  • 1988 Rudall def Arno Bay
  • 1994 Rudall 13-9-87 def Cleve 12-11-83
  • 1996 Rudall def 13-9-97 def Kimba 9-6-60
  • 2006 Rudall 6-8-48 def Kimba 3-6-24
  • 2009 Rudall 11-7-73 def Kimba 6-9-46
  • 2011 Rudall 8-4-52 def Kimba 7-9 51
  • 2014 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2015 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2016 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2017 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2018 Eastern Ranges def Kimba

Senior colts

  • 1981 Rudall
  • 2014 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2015 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2016 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2017 Eastern Ranges def Kimba

Junior Colts

  • 1977 Rudall def Port Neill
  • 1978 Rudall 1-3-9 def Cleve 0-1-1
  • 2012 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2013 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2014 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2015 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2016 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2017 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
  • 2018 Eastern Ranges def Kimba
Daniel Lee was a true champion of the club who everyone loved and adored. Unfortunately, he passed away at an early age so nobody was able to see his full potential as a sport fanatic.

Daniel Lee was a true champion of the club who everyone loved and adored. Unfortunately, he passed away at an early age so nobody was able to see his full potential as a sport fanatic.

Mail medalists

  • Arn Phelps: 1951
  • Noel Stuart: 1971 - 18 votes Rudall County Jervous, 1972 - 37 votes Rudall County Jervous (runner-up Ron Freeman 12 votes), 1973 - 15 votes Rudall County Jervous, 1983 - 26 votes Whyalla
  • Peter Forrest: 1978 - 15 votes Rudall County Jervous (Drew with Russell Gale)
  • Daniel Lee: 2006 - 24 votes Rudall Eastern Eyre Football Association
  • Greg Parks: 2010 - Rudall Eastern Eyre Football Association
  • Jack Kenny: 2013/2018 - Eastern Ranges Eastern Eyre Football League
  • Jess Kenny: 2017 - Eastern Ranges Eastern Eyre Football League