Below is a list of Noteable Old Haleians who have been successful in the field of sport.

If you know of an Old Haleian who you believe should be included in the list please contact our Manager, Judy Greaney, on (08) 9347 0169 or by email at oldhale@hale.wa.edu.au

Olympians


SWIMMING 

Percy Oliver (1927-35)

Competed
BERLIN-1936
 


Percy Oliver was an Australian champion backstroke and freestyle swimmer from 1934 to 1940. He won 13 Australian titles (11 senior and two junior), and represented Australia at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and the 1938 Empire Games in Sydney.

In 1936, Percy won the 100yds backstroke title at the Australian National Games in Adelaide which earned him a place in the Australian Olympic team for Berlin where he finished seventh in the 100yd backstroke final. Two years later he won the Empire Games 110yds backstroke gold medal in 1min 7.9sec.  His time stood as an Australian record for 17 years.  He also won a bronze medal as a member of the Australian 330yds medley relay team. Oliver did not compete in 1939 but came back powerfully to dominate the Australian championships in 1940.  He won seven events - all the freestyle titles, the 110yds backstroke, the medley and the the Barney Kieran Shield - awarded to the State achieving the highest number of first placings at the championships - for WA as a virtual one-man team.

 

ATHLETICS

Chas Green
(1936-40)

Competed
LONDON-1948

Born in Albany in Western Australia, Charles Green competed for Australia at the London 1948 Olympic Games. He contested the 110m Hurdles at the Games, finishing fifth in his heat in a time of 15.4 seconds. The time was not good enough to see him progress and although he was listed in the 100m and 400m relays, he did not compete.

Green won the Australian Championships for the 120 yards and 440 yards Hurdles in 1946/47 and placed third in both events at the 1950/51 Championships.


 

ATHLETICS

Don Keane
(1944-47)

Competed
HELSINKI-1952
MELBOURNE-1956

Don Keane competed in race walking at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki and in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, placing sixth in the 20 km walk in 1956. He also ran cross-country in Australia. He was a seven-time Australian Champion in the 2-mile walk (1950-54, 1957-58). Keane also had five podium finishes in other walk events at the Australian nationals.

 

SAILING

Rolly Tasker (1936-43) 

Silver Medal
MELBOURNE-1956


A sailor since the age of six, Australian Rolly Tasker gained an interest in the sport when his parents introduced him to model ships as a young boy. He built his first racing dinghy, including the sails, at the age of ten and began a journey that would encompass, throughout the course of his life, over 7000 competitive races. Following service in World War II, where he saw action at the infamous Battle of Ambon, he founded a sail-making business and began exporting his products in 1949. His fame in the sporting realm grew rapidly as he captured Australian national titles in the 12 Square meter Sharpie class every year from 1952 through 1956, the year in which he also won an Olympic silver medal alongside [John Scott] in the Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy, Mixed event at the Melbourne Summer Games.

 

ROWING

John Rosser (1950-55) 57

Silver Medal
ROME-1960


John has two Head of the River wins to his name; went on to stroke the winning Kings Cup crew in 1960 and the second placed crew at the Rome Olympics of the same year. He has  been involved in State and World Championships and was part of the 1997 and 1980 America’s Cup campaign. In 1980, he worked with Ben Lexen to build the infamous bendy mast for that year’s challenge: recognised as one of the greatest achievements in sailing technology for that time. He became a regular race official in the mid-1980s and was heavily involved in the restoration of the Walpole Yacht Club. He played a significant role in the smooth management of the 2011 ISAF World Cup held in Perth by utilising his engineering skills to implement an automated starting system. As a volunteer during the 2006 Disabled World Championships, John created a rotating skippers seat. He continues to be a consistent and valuable contributor to the disabled racing community – having also designed the ‘Rolls Royce’ of helmsman chairs, and is still an accredited official.

John was judged Volunteer of the Year by Yachting Australia in 2015 and was also awarded the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation’s Gold Medal for outstanding service to yachting.

 

ROWING

Berry Durston (1953-57)

Competed
ROME-1960

Berry competed in the men's eight event at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

 

ROWING

John Ledder (1950-53) 54

Competed
ROME-1960

John represented Western Australia in three Kings Cup Rowing Events, winning in 1960 and then represented Australia at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He coached winning crews at Canberra Grammar and in later years at the Bunbury Rowing Club.

 

SWIMMING

Neil Brooks
(1972-75) 79

Gold Medal
MOSCOW-1980

Silver Medal
LOS ANGELES-1984


Neil Brooks swam the anchor leg when Australia won the men’s 4x100m medley relay in Moscow, teaming with Peter Evans, Mark Kerry and Mark Tonelli. Brooks, aged 17, dived in with Australia trailing the Soviet Union, but he swum a thrilling PB of 49.86 seconds to win the gold. It remains Australia’s only gold medal in the event. For fans, it is also remembered for Norman May’s famous “Gold! Gold to Australia! Gold!” call of the race.

Four years later in Los Angeles, Brooks was again a medallist on a relay team, this time placing second with Australia’s ‘Mean Machine’ in the 4x100m freestyle relay, teaming up with Greg Fasala, Mark Stockwell and Michael Delany.

 

SWIMMING

Deane Pieters (1977-85)

Competed
BARCELONA-1992

Deane Pieters is a freestyle swimmer who competed for Australia at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Deane is a former World Life Saving Champion (1990) and has won eight Australian Surf Life Saving Titles between 1990 to 1993.

 

ROWING

Nick Porzig
(1989-90)

Silver Medal
SYDNEY-2000


Nick made his Australian representative debut in the seven seat of the men’s eight which placed fourth at the 1993 World Rowing Championships in Croatia. In 1994 he competed in the coxed fours placing fifth at the World Championships in Indianapolis and winning a gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Regatta in Ontario.

In 1995 Nick was back in the Australian eight and in 1996 placed sixth at the Atlanta Olympics. He rowed in subsequent World Rowing Championships in 1998 and 1999 alongside his younger brother, David. In 2000 the Australian eight qualified for the Sydney Olympics and despite a blistering pace set in the qualifying heat went on to take the silver medal just 0.8 seconds behind Great Britain.

Photo: Passing on some tips to Hale School rowers - 2017


 

SWIMMING

Todd Pearson (1989-94)

Gold Medal
2000-SYDNEY

Silver Medal
2004-ATHENS


Todd was a relay specialist at two Olympic Games. At Sydney 2000, he joined with Ian Thorpe, Michael Klim and William Kirby to shatter the world record when winning the gold medal in the 4 x 200 metres relay. In the 4 x 100 metres relay, Pearson and Adam Pine swam in the heats before Thorpe, Klim, Chris Fydler and Ashley Callus shattered another world record in defeating the United States on the first evening of the swimming competition. Four years later at Athens 2004, Pearson finished sixth with the 4 x 100 metres relay squad and swam in the heats of the longer relay before Thorpe, Klim, Grant Hackett and Nicholas Sprenger claimed the silver medal behind the United States in the final. At the 2001 world championships, Pearson joined with Callus, Klim and Ian Thorpe to win the 4 x 100 metres relay and inflict the first loss on the United States in this event at the swimming world titles.

Photo: Todd (left) pictured with Nick Porzig

 

HOCKEY

Mark Hickman (1989-90)

Gold Medal
2004-ATHENS


Mark Hickman won a gold medal for Australia in men’s hockey in 2004.

From the Northern Territory, Mark shared goalkeeping duties with Stephen Mowlam. In winning gold, the Kookaburras finally ended Australia’s men’s hockey hoodoo at the Olympics. Since first competing in men’s hockey at the Games in 1956, Australia had won three silver medals, three bronze medals and been placed fourth twice. But the team’s fortunes changed in Athens. In the semi-final, the Kookaburras beat Spain 6-3 to reach the final, where it faced two-time defending champion, the Netherlands. With scores tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time, a goal by Jamie Dwyer in the eighth minute of extra time secured the famous victory.

BOBSLEIGH

Lucas Mata
(2001-05)

Competed
SOCHI-2014
PYEONGCHANG-2018


Lucas made his second Olympic appearance at the PyeongChang 2018 Games after making his Games debut in Sochi as a brakeman for Heath Spence in the men's 4-Man Bobsleigh crew. In 2018, Lucas piloted both the 2-man and 4-man crews to some solid results at the Alpensia Sliding Centre finishing in 22nd and 25th respectively. Mata finished 22nd in the 4man event in 2014.

A former sprinter at state level, Lucas was targeted for the Bobsleigh team and became a regular competitor in the men's 4-man team during the 2013/14 season with the crew’s best result being a bronze medal at the North America's Cup in Lake Placid in December, 2013. He had some top results in the 2017/2018 season leading into the Olympics, including a 5th place at the North American Cup (NAC) in Whistler in the 2man event with David Mari and an 8th place in the 4man NAC in Calgary, Canada.  

 

ATHLETICS

Sam McEntee (2005-09)

Competed
RIO DE JANEIRO-2016


After running in the US college system with Villanova University (2011-2015), Sam returned to Australia where he had a strong 2016 domestic season running personal bests over 3000 and 5000 metres. In April, he defeated a strong field to win the national 5000 metres championships and only needed to add a qualifying performance to secure automatic selection for his first Olympic Games; which he achieved in May at Stanford running 13:20.72. 

In Rio, he placed 18th in his 5000m heat. He was suffering from plantar fasciitis.

"The race was tough going as I had pretty average training going in and I knew I wasn't going to be at my best but it was my first Olympics, so I don't think I was ready to set the world on fire. I tried to take in as much as I could of the experience - running next to Mo [Farah] thinking: 'he's the best. If you want to be as good as him it's going to take a lot."

 

Other Sporting Achievers

SYDNEY CLARKE (1929-30) - 'Sammy' 


In 1932 Sammy was touted as the greatest junior footballer in WA. He made his debut for Claremont-Cottesloe in 1933 – winning the Sandover Medal in that year and in 1934 making him the first ever dual Sandover medal winner. He made the State team in 1934 and captained the team in just his second game at age 20. He went on to represent the State 8 times whilst also playing 133 games for Claremont-Cottesloe. Sammy missed the 1938 premiership game whilst in the UK training to be a pilot but returned to play in the winning 1939 Grand Final.

Sadly, Sammy was killed in 1945 on his first active flying mission with the RAF.In 1932 Sammy was touted as the greatest junior footballer in WA. 


PETER EAKINS (1961-65)


Peter Eakins (1961-65) The 'Blond Bombshell' burst onto the WANFL football scene with Subiaco in 1966. In 1968 he made the state team for the first time and the following year was a joint winner of the Tassie Medal. In 1970 he relocated to Melbourne where he lined up with Collingwood where he played in a Grand Final in his first year. Unfortunately, Injuries took their toll and he returned to Subiaco after just 32 games but was ultimately was forced to retire completely at age 26.
 


 

JOHN LONGLEY (1953-63)


John is a veteran of five Australian campaigns for the America's Cup, including four straight Cup Matches, winning the Cup in 1983. He helped Skipper John Bertrand select the crew; choreograph the team’s maneuvers and served in the crew as grinder. Following the contentious 1988 Match, Longley co-authored the ‘San Diego Protocol’ which established the challengers’ rights and their method of challenging the defender in an orderly manner.

John was awarded an Order of Australia in 1984 for his service to yachting.

 


GEOFF MARSH (1971-76)


Geoff played 5 games for South Fremantle in the WAFL – before concentrating on cricket, making his WA debut in 1978/79 as a nineteen year-old. He was a solid right-hand opening batsman and on the fringe of national selection for a number of years. He finally made his debut in 1985 against India and went on to play 50 test matches and over 100 One Day Internationals. He retired from cricket in 1994 and took up coaching the following year. He went on to become a selector for the Australian Cricket Board and then to coach Zimbabwean and later Sri Lanka. He was made head coach of Pune Warriors India who made their IPL debut in 2011.



 

DEAN WILLIAMS (1966-73) 

  
Dean was born in the wrong era! Unfortunately two of the greatest squash players of all time were waiting for him - and more often than not - one of these champions stopped him in tournaments for more than a decade. He was the first WA male player to be selected in a natioanl senior team and produced 125 tournament victories, including 25 on the internaional circuit. He played in 20 consecutive Australian Open Chamionships and remains the only WA player to have won an Australian Open title.

Hale Cricketers

Name

Darlot

WA

Australia

E F (Ernie) Parker 11 Matches 
S H D (Harold) Rowe1900, 190125 matches 
C E W J (Clarrie) Fleay1905, 19061 match 
M W (Morris) Loton1920-19231 match 
C V (Vernon) Loton1920-19232 matches 
A M C (Mick) Webster1925,19263 matches 
D T (Dudley) Everett1926-19291 match 
G (Gordon) Eyres1928, 19298 matches 
J K E (John) Munro1944, 194525 matches 
A O (Arthur) Lodge1947-195115 matches 
J T (Jock) Irvine1959-196130 matches 
G R (Geoff) Marsh1973-1976112 matches50 tests
R M (Rob) Baker1990-199229 matches 
M W (Michael) Clarke1994-199516 matches 
D C (David) Bandy1993-19958 matches 
T P (Theo) Doropoulos2000-20022 matches 
M P (Marcus) Stoinis1995-2006  

Hale Footballers

Surname

Given Names

Teams

Years

Games

Goals

AITKENMichael JamesClaremont
CARLTON
1979-84
1985
100
1
21
BANDYJohn FrederickEast Perth1965-197082133
BARRASSThomas DonaldWEST COAST2015-109 
BARROWSBrendan JasonClaremont
West Perth
1989-1993
1994-1998
35
100
62
20
BENNETTTodd MathewSubiaco1999-2002403
BLACKWELLWayne AnthonyClaremont
CARLTON
1978-83
1984-90
112
110
82
80
BRADSHAWJackClaremont2011-201687161
BRANDENBURGJeffrey lanClaremont19861 
BROADHURSTJohn HeslopSth Fremantle19223 
CALDOWRichard ArmstrongSubiaco
Perth

1988-1989
1991

11
4
3
 
CAMERONDarcy Claremont2013-3336
CHRISTIANArthur HughWest Perth1919,19243 
CLANCYAshley NoelSth Fremantle
Subiaco

1999
2000-2001

14
17
3
6
CLARKMichael WayneSwan Districts
FREMANTLE

1996-1997
1999

21
1
13
 
CLARKE Kenneth John​Perth1946121
CLARKE Sydney CampbellClaremont1933-19411336
COCKBURNNeil Raymond (Ray)Subiaco193056
COOKStephen BruceClaremont1986-1987109
DEVENISH-MEARESBrett AlexanderSubiaco1974-1976312
DEVENISH-MEARESRochford JohnSubiaco1973-19783319
EAKINSPeterSubiaco
COLLINGWOOD

1966-1969
1970-72

68
32
14
1
ELLIOTTRoss MewburnWest Perth19492 
EVANSPaul WilliamEast Perth1990-1994 5123
FARMERBrett GrahamClaremont
Swan Districts
Perth

1981-1983
1984
1985

58
2
9
 
151
1
10
FARMERDean JohnClaremont
Perth
1982-84
1985-1988
31
21
23
3
FARMERRobin WardClaremont    
1942-46
47207
FAULKNERJames MichaelClaremont20024 
FITCHRonald JSubiaco1929-193134 
FOULKESChristopher DavidClaremont1982-198484
FULLARTONBrett CharlesEast Perth1981-85 251
GARDINERMichael StricklandClaremont
WEST COAST
ST KILDA
1996-2006
1997-06
2008-11
32
129
52
48
87
23
GEPPTimSubiaco
RICHMOND
FOOTSCRAY
East Fremantle
1978-1982
1983-85
1986
1987-1988
84
57
14
18
9
3
1
1
GEORGIADESJohnSubiaco
FOOTSCRAY
1986-88
1989-91
103
15
170
27
GREANEYTimothy JamesEast Perth
Claremont
2002-2003
2004-2005
15
11
0
1
GREENKasey RaymondEast Fremantle
WEST COAST
N MELBOURNE

1999-05
2006-07

54
39

8
15
GRIFFITHSSamuel PeterClaremont1998-20046328
HAMDavid William JohnClaremont1992-931217
HAMPAntonClaremont2011-8166
HANTKEBrenton RobertClaremont199321
HEPBURNMark StevenClaremont
Sth Fremantle
N MELBOURNE
WEST COAST
SYDNEY
1986-1991
1992
1987-90
1991-92
1994
15
12
56
13
7
12
9
29
0
3
HOLMANGrant WilliamEast Perth2000-02 5319
HOLMESKelvin JohnClaremont1992-954215
HOOD Chris PaulSubiaco2001-20077310
HUBBLEJarrad MerrickSubiaco
Claremont
1993
1996-1998
1
30
1
38
JAGOPeterClaremont1950-195255
JONESBrett DavidClaremont
WEST COAST
2003-2011
2004-10
72
102
5
6
JONESChad JonathonClaremont
N MELBOURNE
WEST COAST

2003-2013
2004,06
2007-08

129
6
7
404
1
8
JOYNTStuart KellyPerth19315 
KEMPINPeter Thomas NeateSwan Districts1974-19775754
KETTLEWELLScott WilliamSubiaco
East Perth
1989-1993
1994
15
4
12
8
LANGEAdam BenjaminSubiaco
N MELBOURNE
1996-1997
1999-02
13
28
13
22
LANGETichaona (Tich)Subiaco199641
LEUBAPaul WilliamEast Perth199363
LEUENBERGERMathew CraigEast Perth
BRISBANE
ESSENDON

2006
2007-15
2016

6
108
12
2
27
2
LILBURNEGeoffrey DouglasPerth1942-194445
LILLSimon RichardClaremont
West Perth
1983-85
1986
33
18
7
4
LIMRyanClaremont2015-295
MARSHGeoffrey RobertSth Fremantle197851
McBRIDERonald WinstonWest Perth1959-19645184
McCRACKENHarrisonClaremont2016-73
MACMILLANRobert LindsayClaremont1965-673855
MEDHURSTPaul BeaumontClaremont
FREMANTLE
COLLINGWOOD
2000-2013
2000-06
2007-10
66
99
69
169
166
108
MILLDavid JohnClaremont1968-19767931
MITCHELLTom JamesClaremont
SYDNEY

2013-

49

28
MOORESCourtney MichaelvSubiaco2005-200715 
MORRELLDigby KitWest Perth
N MELBOURNE
CARLTON
1998-2000
2001-03
2004-05
44
40
32
59
47
12
MORTONCaleClaremont
MELBOURNE
WEST COAST
2007
2008-12
2013
1
73
3
3
33
1
MORTONJarrydClaremont
HAWTHORN
2012
2008-10
20
22
6
12
MORTONMitchell RobertClaremont
WEST COAST
RICHMOND
SYDNEY
2005-2007
2005-07
2008-11
2012-13
44
12
59
12
75
11
94
11
MUNROJohn Knox EwingClaremont1948-195897100
NORRISHJason RossClaremont
MELBOURNE
FREMANTLE
1990-2003
1993-94
1995-02
66
20
128
26
2
23
OUTHWAITESimon JohnSth Fremantle1973-1982 14321
OWENELLJohn GordonSubiaco1969-19714 
PARRYCraig JordanSubiaco2001-2002
2003-2013
19
187
14
 
PHILLIPSHarry Charles JohnSubiaco19643 
REDFERNRyan AlexanderWest Perth19972 
RUDEFORTHClancy AlexanderClaremont2001-201117051
SALMONMichael LeslieClaremont1979-198084
SCOTTStephen GeorgeClaremont1969-19775437
SEWELLJames VernonE Fremantle
FOOTSCRAY
1976-1982
1983-86 
141
76
354
62
SIMPSONMichael PeterClaremont19921 
STONENicholasClaremont
WEST COAST
1995-2002
1997-00
81
33
4
4
TREACYFrank TheodoreEast Perth192922
TUCKEYDavid FosterSubiaco19791 
VALLIWilliam Thomas JohnWest Perth
COLLINGWOOD
ESSENDON
Subiaco
1969-1978
1979
1980
1981-1982
136
17
1
37
207
17

23
VENABLESCameron KennethSubiaco
Claremont
COLLINGWOOD
1996-1997
1999
20
38
3
3
12
 
VERYARDArnold MerrifieldWest Perth191931
VERYARDCharles John BesleyWest Perth1917-19204414
VERYARDJohnWest Perth19313 
VERYARDVaughan AinslieWest Perth19701 
VISKAColin PeterClaremont1974-762721
WALKERRobert Newton (Bob)Perth1940-194154
WARRENDale GeoffreyPeel199791
WARRENDale GeoffreyWest Perth1990-1991175
WHITELAWPaul RussellWest Perth1998155
WILLIAMSONBruce EdwardClaremont19841 
WYLLIEJonathon MarkSubiaco2002-2004161
YUKeiferClaremont2010-6023
ZEMPILASBasil AnthonyWest Perth1990-19942425

The Following staff members played senior WAFL Football

Surname

Given Names

WAFL Club

VFL/AFL

WAFL Career Span

Seasons

Games

Goals

CHADWICKDerekEast Perth 1959-1972 1426964
DAVEYColinSubiaco 1949-50, 1953344 
DAVEYColinSth Fremantle     1954-1957  55 
FISHERVictor Albert ArthurWest Perth 1946-47, 1950-52565 
HONNERRalph HyacinthClaremont 1926-1932 7 
MILLMervyn William (Bert)West Perth 1940229 
O'CONNELLMichael BryantClaremontEagles1982-88 9236
PARRYArnold SeftonSubiaco 194511 
PARRYArnold SeftonEast Perth 1935-1938, 1949 55698
TOWERSWilliam (Bill)Perth 1958-19636107 
ROWLANDSWilliam (Bill)Perth 1930-1931217