Bassendean, Western Australia

The scoreboard at Bassendean Oval, home of the Swan Districts Football Club is big, bold and brilliant.

Swans are relative newcomers to the WAFL competition. They joined in 1934 and won their first premiership under Hayden Bunton Jnr in 1961. The club has won just eight flags but have pulled off a hat-trick twice – 1961-63 and 1982-84. The last premiership was in 2010 after the famous Andrew Krakouer grand final. That team also included youngsters Michael Walters and Stephen Coniglio.

In recent years a number of other good and great players have moved from Swan Districts into the AFL including Alex Rance, Nathan Broad, Andrew Embley, Nic Naitanui, Todd Banfield, Chris Yarran, Jeffery Garlett, Dennis Armfield, David Ellard, Clancee Pearce, Neville Jetta, Rory Lobb, Charlie Cameron, Connor Blakely and Lewis Jetta.

However the greatest to call Bassendean home is Bill Walker. He played 305 games for Swans including premierships in his first three seasons and won the Sandover Medal in 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1970. (Photo from Sports Action.)

The scoreboard’s busiest day was in round 19, 1979. We thank Sean Cowan WA Collectables for the photo.