Sides commemorate players

THE Perth Football Club and Old Scotch meet in NTFA division 2 this week with the two clubs playing their tenth annual match for the Harper-Williams Cup.

The cup commemorates two favourite sons in Barry Harper and Cliff Williams, who had close ties to both clubs.

Harper was a former City-South champion who took the coaching reins at Perth with Williams a star of the side.

When Harper moved to Old Scotch as coach in 1974, Williams and best mate Rodney Dransfield also made the change and the trio became part of Thistles' folklore.

Perth president Joe Maloney was hoping for a big crowd to turn out for the memorial game.

``We've got a very young side this year which is going through a development stage and showing improvement each week,'' he said.

``Our club has new facilities that are now considered the equivalent of any in the competition.''

Maloney said the club was grateful for the support of the local community in achieving the improvement in facilities over the past two years. 

The winning side will hold the Harper-Williams Cup with a medal presented to the best player on the ground as judged by the umpires.

Perth's Scott Furley and  coach Simon Gibson  with Old Scotch coach  Kim Curtis and  club president Rafe Bell  get ready for tomorrow's  tenth annual Harper-Williams Cup clash. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Perth's Scott Furley and coach Simon Gibson with Old Scotch coach Kim Curtis and club president Rafe Bell get ready for tomorrow's tenth annual Harper-Williams Cup clash. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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