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Snapshot - Football is in the Air

Published on Thursday, 31 March 2022 at 4:11:21 PM

Football is in the Air by Lorin Cox

It could be said that this image depicts the level of excitement that people are currently feeling about the AFL season starting up again in what could potentially be a “normalish” season. If you weren’t already convinced about the positive impacts sport can have on a community, take a look at this image. See how many people came together to celebrate Mullewa taking out the Great Northern Football League Premiership in 1984 for the second consecutive year. 

The headline in the Geraldton Guardian reads “Mullewa’s flag again”. Over numerous pages columnist, Steve Hill details the ebbs and flows which lead to the Saints’ victory over Railways, the emphasis being on the importance of the third quarter in securing the game (by 35 points no less). The first goal of the match was scored by Anthony Cross of Railways who was reportedly “a focal point in attack all day”. Stand outs for Mullewa appear to have been Gus Mourish (pictured) and Brad Tunbridge who was awarded the Guardian medal for best player on the day, as well as Ashley Taylor. 

Prior to the game commencing the seasons’ award winners completed a lap of honour around the Recreation Ground in front of a whopping 4000 spectators. Chris Mainwaring of Rovers amongst them as the Guardian Rock Award and Sunday Times Medal winner. 

Photo caption: Gus Mourish holds aloft the 1984 premiership cup in front of players and supporters, courtesy of the Mullewa Agricultural Society. 

Caption by Lorin Cox. 

Snapshots is an initiative of the Geraldton Regional Library. For more information, or to donate a historical photo or slide to the Library, contact Heritage Services at the Geraldton Regional Library on 9956 6659 or 

Football Premiers 1984

Image number: P 11585 

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