Carnamah, Western Australia
I’d heard about the Carnamah Kid many years ago but visited the town for the first time last week.
“The Kid” was Kevin Clune, a member of the WA Football Hall of Fame. Clune was a senior premiership player for Carnamah at 16-years-of-age in 1951 and won a fairest and best winner a couple of years later.
In 1954 National Service took Clune to the city and the start of glittering career for Claremont followed. Clune played 231 games for the Tigers including the 1964 premiership when he was a star in the grand final. He was Claremont’s fairest and best winner in 1960 and 1964.
Carnamah was part of the North Midlands Football Association when it was formed in 1921. NMFA amalgamated with the Perenjori-Morowa Football League and became the North Midlands Football League in 1963. Carnamah merged with Perenjori Football Club for the start of the 1996 season. Carnamah-Perenjori won the premiership in 2012.
Another true legend of Carnamah footy was Bernie Brand, son of David (WA premier 1959-71). When the NMFL named its best ever team in 2013 Bernie Brand was named at centre half forward and installed as one of two legends (the other was Max Johnson).