This Saturday at Kingfisher Park, Ballajura, Melville reserves coach Derek Mott will be actively involved in his 800th game of football.
Originally from Victoria, Derek began his involvement in the game as a teenager in 1990 at the Templestowe Football Club where he acted as scoreboard attendant and timekeeper before graduating to the role of club goal and field umpire in the early 1990s. He filled in for their reserves side when numbers were low.
Over the years, he has played and umpired in three states (Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia) and he played for 17 clubs in 17 weeks last season while travelling around Western Australia as part of his newly-released book Following The Bouncing Burley: A season inside grassroots football in Western Australia. He has played for 22 senior clubs since 1995 – a figure only exceeded by Brendon Fevola in the history of the game.
Mott was appointed as Melville’s reserves coach and league assistant coach for the 2017 season and when the Rams league side takes to the field it will be the 800th time that he has had an involvement in a game of football.
The WAAFL congratulates Derek on his milestone.
Derek’s involvement in football