Footy fans will have heard of Pingelly. The little WA Wheatbelt town was the home of Nicky Winmar. Tim English is from there too. As is the champion Perth player of the 1960s Bob Page.
Lately it’s become famous for its magnificent architecture award winning Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre. PRACC
It seems footy started in Pingelly in the 1920s and over the years the local team has been part of the Pingelly Brookton Football Association, Corrigin Football Association and Upper Great Southern Football League. In 1996 Pingelly merged with nearby Brookton and the Panthers continue in the the UGSFL.
The scoreboard offers limited cover for the attendant who prefers to stand in the rain rather than hanging the number plates upside down… but on the glorious day of our latest visit there was no need for shelter and the score could be read from miles away. The scoreboard has changed its appearance regularly over the past few years.
The 2020 UGSFL grand final will be played at Pingelly. Spectators will be able to see the score.
For further reading (and a mention of one Jim Hughes) please click on this link to a story by Steve Butler in The West Australian in 2013.