Diesel helps fuel club’s growth

From Left: Kepler Bradley (Fremantle Dockers player), Diesel Higham (6 yrs)(NAMES OK). Diesel is the 5000th player to join Kingsley Junior Football Club.
From Left: Kepler Bradley (Fremantle Dockers player), Diesel Higham (6 yrs)(NAMES OK). Diesel is the 5000th player to join Kingsley Junior Football Club.

To mark this milestone, the club invited Dockers player Kepler Bradley to the clubrooms this month to present Diesel with a special club jersey with the number 5000 printed on the back.

A former member himself, Bradley also started playing with KJFC when he was six, representing the club for 11 years.

‘I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy my football at the club from a young age and it inspired me to go further and onto better things,’ Bradley said.

Club president Mark Savigni said the club was keen to honour Diesel, to celebrate the club’s achievement.

‘The origins of the club began in October 1982 when a group of parents, whose children had been playing for the Northern Districts Junior Football Club, decided that it was time for a junior football club to be established north of Hepburn Avenue to cater for the growing population,’ Mr Savigni said.

‘In 1983 the club entered five modified and one open rules team in the Subiaco Wanneroo Junior Football League, as well as running a Freeball (Auskick) program consisting of two teams, a total of around 180 players in its first season.’

Since then the club has evolved into one of the most successful junior clubs in Western Australia, fielding more than 1080 teams from Auskick to Year 12 in 33 seasons.

Diesel said he loved playing football with his school friend Nate and decided to join the Kingsley club as his mum and two uncles had played when they were a similar age.

‘I think it’s cool being the 5000th player,’ Diesel said.