2009 Prems - 10 Year Reunion

On Saturday evening, at the conclusion of the premier grade match versus 2018 champions Associates, the last great Cottesloe side to win a championship are gathering for a reunion in the clubrooms. Ten years ago, a fit and powerful Cottesloe side, under the tutelage of life member Ian Fowler, bullied Palmyra to run out easy winners on a score of 26-6. Several of the men who togged out for that particular squad are still involved with the club today. Ryan Westaway captained the side then and ten years on, is now head coach. Tim Parks and Kieran Stringer were just a young whippersnappers in the squad and are now the leaders of the first grade side. Sam Parker was a young full back and now is a veteran who plays across the grades. Other men such as Karl Leary, Ed Melville, Shaun Nankervis, Richard Brown and Dave Curtin all have played until recently or occasionally pop in to provide advice for (or more likely drink a beer with) the two blue when they are in town. It was a fantastic side who shut down a fancied and typically stacked Palmyra side and ran out easy winners, chocked full, top to bottom, of stone cold Cottesloe legends. So make sure you join in the festivities and introduce yourself to this great group of lads as its likely you may never have as many of them in one room, ever again. Caro Cotter was the designated photographer back then and is busy rustling up old photos and memories and with Katie’s help, is going to put up a very special slideshow for Cottesloe supporters and members to reminisce upon. To help jog the memory for what was an historic day for the club, here is the match report from the West Australian.

Cottesloe Too Good For Palmyra | The West Australian, 21 Sep 2009

Starting Lineups:

1. Shaun Nankervis

2. Regan Johns

3. Mark Darling

4. Kieran Stringer

5. Matt Battershall

6. Josh Gugich

7. Richard Brown

8. Matt Aiken

9. Mark Swanepole

10. Dave Cloete

11. Ben Mitchell

12. Ryan Westaway

13. Sam Rarasea

14. Todd Edwards

15. Sam Parker

16. Josh Sims

17. Tom McArthur

18. Karl Leary

19. Charlie Brigden

20. Ryan Hodson

21. Tim Parkes

22. Dave Kirton

Coach:  Ian (Chook) Fowler

Assisted by: Nigel Leggett & Dave Kirton

Manager:  Craig Fairhall

Physio: John Verity

Strength & Conditioning: Mick Byers

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