Jerramungup, Western Australia

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For a scoreboard traveler there’s no better view upon arrival at a footy ground than a score left up. Unusual, however, for it to be a losing score. The winning team prior to our visit to Jerramungup (about 440km SE of Perth), according to the board, was Boxwood Hill – there are historical links between Boxwood and Jerra AND Boxwood and scoreboardpressure.com.

From 1962 to 1967 a team called Hassell played in the Ongerup Football Association – it included players from Jerramungup and Boxwood Hill. Jerramungup formed its own team 1968 and has been  the OFA’s most successful club – Boxwood also went its own way and the OFA grew.

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The other historical link is more recent and personal – a photo of the scoreboard at Boxwood Hill (taken by Robin Belford) was the featured image on this site’s brother/sister australianrules.com.au when it began life in 2001.boxwoodhillSmall

Among the notable players to emerge from Jerramungup are bothers Brett and Jason Spinks. Brett played 40 AFL games for West Coast and Geelong while Jason was a star at South Fremantle but injuries marred his time on AFL lists of Sydney and West Coast.

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Inside the scoreboard (with a fish-eye lens).

The board at Jerramungup is a big bold thing that offers shelter to the attendant. Let’s hope it starts showing some winning scores soon.

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