Football: Applecross-Mount Pleasant Junior Football Club name change finally recognises merger of 30 years ago

West Coast great Glen Jakovich was a product of the Applecross-Mount Pleasant Junior Football Club. Picture: Mark Dadswell/Getty Images
West Coast great Glen Jakovich was a product of the Applecross-Mount Pleasant Junior Football Club. Picture: Mark Dadswell/Getty Images

APPLECROSS Junior Football Club has formally changed its name to the Applecross -Mount Pleasant Junior Football Club, reflecting its merger with Mount Pleasant Junior Football Club more than 30 years ago.

In 1985, the clubs agreed to merge as both were aligned with the amateur Applecross Football Club.

This included, for both junior clubs, the retirement of jumpers and nicknames.

At the time, Applecross sported St Kilda’s jumper and nickname ‘the Saints’ while M Pleasant wore a gold V on black and the went by the nickname ‘the Mounties’.

The merged junior club adopted the senior Applecross Football Club’s Hawthorn gold and brown jumper and the nickname ‘the Hawks’.

While the senior club folded in the mid-1990s, the juniors continue to this day.

Applecross-Mount Pleasant Junior Football Club president Peter Firth said much of this history had been lost until Drew Gaynor researched and wrote a book on the club’s 60-year journey in 2012.

“Since then, we have been seriously considering changing the name to reflect the merger and commenced the process a year ago,” he said.

“The club is also planning to update its history through a second, 65-year edition and the name change is a fitting milestone in the club’s history.”

Mr Firth said that only the name has changed, and the club colours and nickname remained.

The Applecross-Mount Pleasant Junior Football Club offers a family-friendly environment and boasts high class coaching from the likes of former AFL players Glen Jakovich, Anthony Rock, Craig Treleven and Jamie Merillo.

Boys and girls Auskick teams from pre-primary to Year 2 play on Saturday mornings with junior teams from Year 3 through to Year 9 playing on Sunday.

The introduction of AFL Women’s teams has also created interest at the club with training and skills sessions for all girls Sunday mornings.

For more information, contact club President Peter Firth on 0427143460 or visit www.ajfclub.com.