Right Royal recognition for Laurie Kennedy

Laurie Kennedy carved out an enviable career incorporating all facets of the game he excelled at.
Laurie Kennedy carved out an enviable career incorporating all facets of the game he excelled at.

LAURIE Kennedy will be inducted into the WA Football Commission Life Members’ Association next Monday for his outstanding contribution to football.

WAFC chairman Murray McHenry said Mr Kennedy was well-deserving of life membership.

“Laurie has given a lifetime of service to football and his significant contribution to the game makes him thoroughly deserving of this honour,” McHenry said.

Kennedy started his junior playing career at Bedford Park Junior Football Club in 1952 in the under 15s and won the club’s fairest and best in that grade.

In 1954 aged 16, he won the Inglewood-Bedford JFC under-18 Club Fairest and Best and was vice-captain of the East Perth inter-district premiership team.

At the start of the 1956 season aged 17, Kennedy attended East Perth’s pre-season training and was selected to play in the reserves team.

His first league game soon followed on June 30 at Perth oval against Subiaco.

Kennedy went on to play 213 eague games over 12 years including seven grand finals.

After he retired, Kennedy spent much of his time assisting the club and district as an assistant coach, board member, club president and junior district tribunal chairman.

He will be inducted at the WAFC Life Members’ Association Christmas luncheon at Subiaco oval.