FIRST TEAM: The Under 14 original Woodburn Wolves football team started 30 years ago. Ian Morhaus is at the very left. Photo contributed.
FIRST TEAM: The Under 14 original Woodburn Wolves football team started 30 years ago. Ian Morhaus is at the very left. Photo contributed. Contributed

30 years with the Woodburn Wolves

WHEN I was called up to be inducted as life member (of the Woodburn Wolves Soccer Club), the past 30 years raced through my mind. How does one simply comment on 30 years with no warning?

With my life membership badge in my hand, I panned around the room, trying to soak in what had just been bestowed upon me.

I had flashbacks of Joy (Morhaus) feeding the masses out of the back of her station wagon on the old school fields on the Pacific Highway.

Of Ian (Morhaus) coaching from the sidelines, watching him throwing his blue hat on the ground in rage and arguing with himself.

His passion and love for soccer being evident.

Memories of winning the minor and major titles in 1988 as U/11s and sharing this memorable moment with my best friends. Shedding a tear with Rob Pursey when he was given a red card - the only junior to receive one.

Watching one of the men's sides going into half-time 3-nil down against Workers and coming back out to win 6-3.

In 1991 at Italo Stars ground, I was only 14 years old as I watched the "Dream Team" win the battle 3-2, but lose the war in a semi-final against Goolmangar, due to rules that were so stupid they don't even exist any more.

Playing soccer netball on the tennis courts with the men's teams when the fields were too wet for training due to heavy rain or flooding.

The untouchable joyful moments such as being in the only 1st Division team in Woodburn's history to win a grand final in 1998.

This is an edited version of the speech written by Scott Williams to celebrate the Woodburn Wolves' 30th anniversary.



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