Wyalkatchem, Western Australia

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There was a footy team Wyalkatchem for about 100 years until the club folded in 2010. The name came back in the form of the Dowerin-Wylie Tigers in the Mortlock Football League in 2013 and promptly won the flag.

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Over the years there has been a Koorda-Wyalkatchem Football Association, a Dowerin-Wyalkatchem FA and an article in the The Beverley Times in 1957 mentions a three-team Wyalkatchem FA that also included Korrelocking and Benjabbering.

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Wyalkatchem was in the Central Wheatbelt Football League from 1968 to 1975 before moving to Mortlock.

 

There’s no one bigger than the Kellys when it comes in Wylie footy. Des Kelly was a four-time premiership player with South Fremantle and put in one of the all-time great WAFL grand final performances in 1952. Des coached Wyalkatchem to a premiership in 1972. His son Tony was at full back in South Fremantle’s famous 1980 premiership team.

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The well-maintained oval at Wyalkatchem is also home to the West Yorkrakine Cricket Club.

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If I’d won the toss on the day of my visit I would have kicked with the breeze.

 

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