WAFL South Fremantle Feature: 2017 the year of premiership anniversaries

South Fremantle’s 1997 premiership team.
South Fremantle’s 1997 premiership team.

WITH 13 premierships under its belt, the South Fremantle Football Club has had plenty to celebrate in its 117-year history.

Three of those premierships will be celebrated all over again this year, as the club marks the 20th anniversary of its 1997 win over cross-town rivals East Fremantle, the 70th anniversary of its 1947 premiership over West Perth and the 100th anniversary of its 1917 win, again against the Sharks.

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South Fremantle chief executive Tom Bottrell said the 1947 victory was one the club especially savoured.

“This year is especially important as it marks 70 years since the start of the club’s golden era, the most prominent era in the club’s history,” he said.

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“We will be honouring both our 1947 and 1997 premiership teams in games later in the year when playing against the Grand Final opponents of the respective years.

“On July 29 against West Perth we will be honouring the 1947 premiership team as well as the golden era of 1947 to 1956, which saw the club win five premierships and play in seven grand finals.

“Then a week later on August 5 we will be honouring the 1997 premiership team in a derby match against East Fremantle.”