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Club History

 

 

The concept of Halls Head Football Club originated in 1997 when a handful of parents of junior players realised the potential to form a new club in the area. This was mainly due to the number of players living and attending school in Halls Head, but who were either playing at the South Mandurah or Mandurah Centrals Football Clubs. These were bold steps and opposition from the already developed clubs was fierce but in 1998, the Halls Head Junior Football Club was born out of sheer determination and hard work.

 

In those early days, the lack of a home base was no barrier and it was common sight each week to see players from Auskick through to Under 16’s (now Year 10’s) spread across school ovals such as Glencoe, Halls Head or Peelwood Parade. 

Canteens were mobile and consisted of a few eskies with cool drinks and lolly bags made by the mums the night before. 

From humble beginnings, the club produced many good young players - however, it was a twist of irony as they always ended up back at South Mandurah or Mandurah Centrals, seeing there was no ability to progress to its own senior club and those were the closest clubs in the senior competition.

 

In 2004 the club won its very first premiership by taking out the under 13’s grand final. This was backed up in 2005 and again in 2006 with successive under 13’s premierships, proof of a successful Auskick programme where all of these kids had graduated from. 

The junior club was still growing at an unbelievable rate and ground space was becoming scarce, but with the move to Merlin Street, followed later with the clubs first big project to erect lighting towers, Halls Head had somewhere to ground its feet. Combine this with further junior premierships, players drafted to Peel Thunder or even to AFL, these were fast becoming the formative years. However, the club seriously needed to develop into a senior club to reap its own rewards and retain its youth, rather than propping up the other senior clubs. 

 

The establishment of 2 senior sides in 2009, a Colts and a Reserves team, was not without difficulty as the majority of clubs initially opposed the concept and attracting players back to play Reserves level at a brand new club was hard to sell.  

However, the defining moment in the clubs history was in that very first year when the Colts team, again boosted by a talented group from our junior stable, became Halls Head’s first success at senior level. They took the honours in the 2009 Grand Final with a win over Pinjarra Tigers, which helped to pave the way for the introduction of Halls Head’s first league side.

By 2010 and with 3 senior sides in place, plus a rapidly growing and successful junior club, the foundation was laid from which there would be no turning back.  

 

In the three years, 2010 to 2012 the senior teams battled for success where wins were few and far between and player retention became an issue. Although the Colts were once again ultimate winners in 2011 by winning a second flag, the Reserves and League teams were mainly inconsistent and had experienced some big losses. 

The club had a good home base but was living out of the ‘Can Shed’, which although it provided a meagre club income, it was soon to be outgrown. 

Negotiations had been underway with Mandurah City Council for some years where by mid 2014, and with the help of some gritty determination and a load of volunteer work, the club completed its own clubhouse extension. It was no coincidence that this combined with a fresh committee, new coaches at the helm and an aggressive recruitment campaign that the senior club experienced finals in all 3 grades for the very first time. On-field success proved to attract off-field success and the club was finally able to demand the respect it deserved from others within the APFL and other country leagues.  

The club had set some very achievable goals in 2014 which included seeing the numbers in its Junior Club swell to over 530 junior members. The senior teams were to display a maturity where a positive club culture and level of professionalism was soon evident, all of which spread throughout the club.

 

2015 and beyond will see Halls Head Football Club progress to another level; it is being touted as a powerhouse club in the Peel region which is a well deserved accolade.  The club has strived to build its junior base and, in its short history, has developed a sense of worth for volunteers and club helpers. With its new home in place, Halls Head’s evident hunger for success throughout all aspects of the club and it’s newly earned level of respect from opposing clubs, it will no doubt exceed all goals and expectations in the very near future.