THIS Saturday’s fixture against Manning Rippers will be no ordinary match for the Ellenbrook Eels Football Club.
It will be the club’s 250th game and players, coaches and members are calling on the Ellenbrook community to turn up in force to support them.
The club still holds on to players from its original line-up, like Robert Schnars and Adam Watts, who took to the field for the Eels’ first match in 2002 in the Mercantile Football Association.
It all started in December 2001 when three footy-mad mates Troy Newick, Ben Franks and Vaughan Roberts decided Ellenbrook was big enough to have a football team of its own.
They jogged the streets of Ellenbrook, delivering flyers calling for players.
By the 2002 finals, 43 players had taken to the field for the Ellenbrook Eels and the team was ready to play a grand final in its inaugural year.
Unfortunately, the Eels lost to Yanchep by 31 points.
The club’s league team has climbed the ladder on numerous occasions but is yet to convert its three grand final entries into a flag.
The reserves won consecutive premierships in 2011 and 2012.
The 250th game for the Ellenbrook Eels is against Manning, who Eels played their last grand final against in 2009.
This year the league team is looking strong, in third place of the C3 division of the WA Amateur Football League ladder.
The Eels have won 58 per cent of their 249 games.
League captain and life member Paul Salor has been with the Eels since 2007. His most memorable time at the club was the 2009 grand final against Manning.
“Even though we lost, just to see the club get into its first amateur grand final was really special,” he said.
“I think the club can only go up the grades… It’s a good family club and once more people start moving into the area, I think we’ll get a lot more young players to progress.”
The club is using the 250-game milestone as an opportunity to give back to the community by raising money for Danny Green’s Fighting Chance Foundation.
The foundation raises money for less fortunate children, the one punch campaign, Telethon and several other charities.
After the league team’s 250th game, the club will hold an auction night.
The league game is at Coolamon Reserve this Saturday at 2.30pm.
For more information or to donate, contact club president Ronnie Hobbs on 0439 335 700 or email president@ellenbrookeels