Gathering for Moss: footy legend shows his Brownlow

Brett Raponi holds up the Brownlow after receiving it from Graham Moss.
The Brownlow Medal.
West Perth colts coach Craig  Thomas with Bailey Chalmers, Oscar Allen, Dylan Carr and Josh Hunter.
Brett Raponi holds up the Brownlow after receiving it from Graham Moss. The Brownlow Medal. West Perth colts coach Craig Thomas with Bailey Chalmers, Oscar Allen, Dylan Carr and Josh Hunter.

WA FOOTBALL legend Graham Moss had accepted an invitation to the West Perth president’s lunch ahead of the Falcons-Claremont clash at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.

But would the Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee, 1981 Claremont premiership captain-coach and Tigers chief executive bring the 1976 Brownlow Medal he won with Essendon?

After all, the former ruckman and three-time Dons fairest and best player once hated the Garlic Munchers.

“I used to hate West Perth,” he told lunch guests. “It wasn’t so much the players; it was the bloody supporters.”

But in a question and answer session on stage, Falcons president Brett Raponi said he understood Moss may not have brought his Charlie because he didn’t want to be embarrassed.

“Did you bring the Brownlow Medal?” Raponi, who had put in the “personal request” during the week, asked.

“I did bring the Brownlow Medal,” Moss replied.

“Can we have a look at the Brownlow Medal?” Raponi asked to applause from the audience.

“It’s quite a tiny little medal as you can see,” Moss said after retrieving it from his jacket. “I’m quite happy to pass it around.”

Moss said the medal had “spent most of its life since I won it in ’76 at the Essendon Hall of Fame formerly at Windy Hill”.

“But when they relocated to new premises, that Hall of Fame facility was closed,” he said. “And because of all the financial problems they’ve had in the past couple of years they haven’t had the money to reinstate it.

“So I said to them ‘while it’s not doing anything, I may as well get it back so I can show people’.”

“It will get a good showing today, Mossy,” Raponi said. “Have a look at that.”