Former Falcons play in Masters league

West Perth president Brett Raponi with Northern Warriors Graham Wingate and Dean Campbell.
West Perth president Brett Raponi with Northern Warriors Graham Wingate and Dean Campbell.

DEAN Campbell will be among former Falcons this Saturday to pull on the red and blue again.

Campbell, who played 33 games for West Perth in an injury-interrupted career between 1979 and 1985, will line up with his Northern Warriors AFL Masters team-mates after the West Perth-East Perth derby at Arena Joondalup.

The Warriors, founded in 1982, are an inaugural club in the 18-team Masters league. It has four sides and on Saturday two of them will compete against each other, one in West Perth colours and the other in the Warriors’ navy and sky blue.

Other Falcons to play for the Padbury-based Warriors over the years other than Campbell, the son of 1975 West Perth premiership coach Graham Campbell, have included Norm Knell, Mel Whinnen, Laurie Richards, Mark Moulton and Kim Dellacqua, the father of tennis professional Casey Dellacqua.

“We don’t play for points but we still know who won afterwards,” Campbell (54) said.

“Part of it is to promote men’s health,” Warriors president Graham Wingate (59) said. “It’s still quite competitive.

“It is a good social atmosphere; we’re all about enjoying ourselves and keeping fit.”

West Perth president Brett Raponi said the Falcons were about embracing the community, not just its young members.

“This Saturday gives the Warriors an opportunity to play at a league venue,” he said.