History of the Australind Soccer Club

The Eaton Australind Senior Soccer Club was formed in June 1986.

The inaugural committee consisting of President Victor Logue, Secretary Andy Rowlands, Treasurer Catherine Suffield and committee members Jim Suffield, Cliff Wilsonham and lan Sherratt. David Shanks was the Club’s coach. The Club became an affiliated member of the Leschenault Leisure Centre, home of its clubroom and playing grounds.

The Club entered the SWSA reserve competition for the start of the 1987 season. Playing its first League game on the 5th of April 1987 against the experienced “Old Boys” team of the Bunbury Cavaliers at the Leschenault ground. Although losing the game 2-1, history had been made, Victor Logue captained the side and wily Scot, Jim Suffield captured some history of his own by becoming the scorer of the first goal for the Australind Soccer Club. A new member club of South West Soccer had been born.

In 1988 the club was promoted to the 1st Division and although struggling to be competitive on the ground, off the ground the club went from strength to strength, so much so that in 1989 the club was able to enter teams in both League and Reserve divisions.

In 1989 The Club was renamed “Australind Soccer Club” and nicknamed “The Blues”. The reason for the name change was due to the realisation that the projected expansion of the Australind population base meant that it could be accommodated by one club and that the Eaton area would one day be big enough to house its own club ( Eaton established it’s Senior Club in 2002).

Collie United S.C were the last League team of the SWSA members to finally lower their colours to the outfit from down the hill. On the 23rd August 1992 at Collie, eighteen year old Brett Norrie scored the only goal of the game to give “The Blues” a 1 -0 win, their first over the coal miners and gave Coach Victor Logue the well deserved right to at last crack the bottle of champagne which he had carried to this fixture for the past two years in anticipation of this day. The win was even more sweet in the knowledge that the coal miners had won their previous weeks game against Manjimup Rovers 21-0.