Moulyinning, Western Australia
It’s easy to find Moulyinning. Just drive along Rabbit Proof Fence Road and turn off at Candlelight Road.
It never was very big and there’s not much left of the town these days but the footy legacy will live on. From 1958 to 1966 Moulyinning won nine consecutive premierships in the Dumbleyung/Lake Grace Football League.
The coach of that monumental Moulyinning team was local product Joe Pearce who won 13 flags in all. Pearce played 91 games for Swan Districts and won the club fairest and best award the Swan Medal twice in a WAFL career interrupted by WW2. In fact Pearce spent three years on the Burma Railway as a prisoner-of-war. Joe’s son Tom played 45 games for Claremont and was a premiership player in 1981.
Other Moulyinning products include the Gooding brothers who played for Claremont: Malcolm (25 games), Graham (41) and Dalton (145). Dalton Gooding was chairman of the West Coast Eagles from 2002 to 2007.
The football club folded in 1973. Plaques at the sports ground tell of cricket, hockey, trotting and turf clubs in Moulyinning.
The scoreboard is a unique design built on top of its own small store room.