Darkan, Western Australia

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This is a no nonsense scoreboard. A sheet of metal packing material, a couple of star pickets, some wire and hooks.

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The Darkan Football Club was formed in 1912 and played in the Wagin Districts Football Association. In more modern times the team playing at Darkan Oval was the West Arthur Football Club – a foundation member of the Upper Great Southern Football League in 1959. West Arthur lasted until 2004 when it merged with Wagin.

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There’s been a bit of a Darkan revival in recent years with the town’s most famous product Paul Duffield coaching Wagin and that team playing a couple of games each season at his old home town. Duffield played 171 games for Fremantle from 2003 to 2015 and was a strong performer in finals back in days the Dockers chose to participate in September action.

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West Arthur’s last premiership was in 1976. If ever you need to know anything about it just contact Mark Duffield, chief football writer at The West Australian. He’ll tell you the West Arthur line-up… in their starting positions and let you know how they each went on grand final day – they were all brilliant but in different ways.

Darkan is about 210km south of Perth.

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