Chidlow, Western Australia

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The game was over but the score was still up when we got to Chidlow marking a good win by the Tigers over their inaccurate top-of-the-table rivals. Chidlow has won the past two Hills Football Association premierships and will play finals again in 2019.

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The first Australian football competition in the Hills area started in 1902 and featured a team called Chidlow’s Well. Chidlow was a founding member when the Hills Football Association was formed in 1946 and won the first premiership.

A light-hearted feature in the The Mirror in 1938 pointed out that Perth star Harry Davey worked in the grocery store in Chidlow and came down from the Hills twice a week to train at the WACA. The wingman also ventured to the city for games on Saturdays.

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Chidlow was a popular stop for passengers on the overnight train from Kalgoorlie to Perth up until the early 1970s – it was famous for its pies and pasties, fortifying travellers for the last hour or so of the journey to the capital city.

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