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What would Peel give for a young Rod Tregenza?
Or a 33-year-old one for that matter?
The dual Bernie Naylor medallist and 1999 Simpson medallist may be getting on in footy terms but he is still doing what he does best – kicking goals in remarkable numbers.
A Thunder original back in 1997 before shifting to East Fremantle where he twice won the WAFL goal-kicking, Tregenza has been back at his original club South Mandurah for the past five years where he continues to stow goals week in and week out.
The big full-forward reached his latest century when he kicked eight for the Mustangs when they took on Baldivis last week.
And he is now approaching 1300 goals for the club after reaching four figures in 2010.
Tregenza’s best season was 2008 when he became just the 12th footballer across the country to kick 200 goals in a senior season.
He booted 223 that year, including 27 and 22 in matches against Harvey to break his previous Peel league records of 172 (2006) and 161 (1998).
While goal-kicking records over a century and a half of organised football are understandably rubbery, Deniliquin’s Trevor Sutton is believed to hold the season record after kicking 249 goals in the Murray league in 1982.
Another double-centurian is the slightly controversial AFL figure Jason Mifsud who kicked 205 for Caramut in the Minivera league in 1994.____________
West Perth’s premiership captain and coach Darren Harris is returning to Perth but don’t expect him to put his hat in the ring for any WAFL vacancies next season.
Harris is a development coach at Carlton but has told the Blues that this will be his last season in Melbourne.
He intends to establish a branch of the Leading Teams program in WA and expects to be too busy to take on a coaching role.
The tough on-baller captained the Falcons to the 1995 flag and was in the coaches box in 2003 when West Perth won the last of their 18 premierships.
What’s the difference between a 199mm camera lens and one that is 200mm?
Well apart from the obvious, the larger lens is not allowed into Patersons Stadium while the smaller one is.
In a prime example of overly-officious security guards doing the WAFL no good, a group of fans was turned away from the Foxtel Cup grand final last week because one had the lens in his bag.
The WAFL regular was happy not to use his camera but was put in his place very quickly – he could leave it at the gate or nick off.
“The guard said that any camera lenses below 200mm were okay but because mine was 200mm, I couldn’t take it in,” the irate fan told Whispers.
“Then when they said I could leave it at the gate but could not guarantee its safety, I had no choice but to leave.
“I’m not sure if the WAFL cares about one annoyed fan but I won’t be going back to the footy after that experience.”____________
And the fan was not the only person having dramas last Thursday.
Fremantle had been given permission to film their players in action for Claremont against Werribee but you can guess what happened when the Dockers staffer tried to take a video camera into the ground.
It took several phone calls before the somewhat frustrated Docker was able to set up his equipment.
The Foxtel Cup match provided plenty of action on the field last Thursday night but there were other dramas playing out behind the scenes at Patersons Stadium.
Luke Blackwell’s appeal against his three-week ban for striking Richard Hadley was due to be heard but nearly failed to get under way when there was no secretary in place to record the hearing.
A request was made to a WAFL official to step in but he had other priorities – as a guest in a nearby corporate box.
Then when the appeal panel decided to go without a secretary, chairman Denis Reynolds’ obvious first question – on the extent of Hadley’s injuries – could not be answered because the WAFL had failed to supply medical details.
“There are a lot of problems here,” Reynolds said in a scathing assessment of the hearing’s various failings.
“I am very uncomfortable with the paucity of information. Certain people need to lift their standards.”
Given that the two players were the current Sandover medallist and an AFL premiership player, representing the WAFL’s top two teams in a matter that could have significant ramifications leading into finals, Reynolds was not the only one baffled at the apparent lack of official interest in ensuring a proper process.
Coaches need to be careful what they say because they never know when life is about to turn around and bite them on the backside.
Take Peel caretaker Mark Moody.
The Thunder did not score a goal in their first quarter against Swan Districts on Saturday but did a reasonable job in holding the power-packed black and whites to just four.
So, Moody was presumably trying to instil confidence in his charges at the quarter-time break with this analysis.
“Swans can’t play any better than what they have done so far,” Moody told the Peel players.
A team with 12 premiership players - including a returning Norm Smith medallist working his way back to form and a match-winning full-forward who had not yet got into the game - couldn’t play any better?
Swans quickly confirmed the folly of that remark with a seven goal second term and looked capable of keeping Peel goalless until easing back in the second half.
Still, the Moody comment now sits alongside another Peel coach who infamously told his men at a break that “You won’t get hurt if you go in hard”.That motivational moment unfortunately evaporated in an instant when a spectator at the back of the huddle yelled out: “Bulls#@$, of course you will get hurt if you go in hard”.
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