Borden caused a shock in country footy circles last year when it was announced the club was going into recess for the 2017 season. The Magpies also don’t appear in the Ongerup Football Association fixtures for 2018. The sad news came after years of importing players to make up numbers and add quality – it’s a common but expensive reality for country clubs.
Borden joined the OFA in 1964 and won a premiership that year. The Magpies were the strongest team in the competition in the 1970s and pulled off a hat-trick of premierships in 1974, 1975 and 1976.
Tony Evans is Borden’s finest footballing product on the national stage. After winning the Ganzer Medal as the OFA’s fairest and best player in 1987 he went on to be a dual premiership player with Claremont in the WAFL in 1989 and 1991 and West Coast in the AFL 1992 and 1994.
Our work experience boy Jim Thompson took the photo of the forlorn scoreboard at Borden during a recent visit and brought us the news of the struggle for numbers in the proud sporting town.
However we did notice a post on Facebook this week that suggests signs of footy life. We hope the AFLX day in Borden on 24 March is a success.