In the early 1970s AFL on the Central Coast consisted of a single club, being the Gosford Tigers who had a First and Second grade team entered in the Newcastle competition.
Agitation for a Central Coast competition was growing and ultimately led to an advertisement seeking interested persons to form a club being placed in the then Advocate Newspaper, which served the Wyong Shire.
On wet evening of September 1975, a meeting that led to the formation of ‘The Lakes’ Australian Football Club was held in the CWA hall at Long Jetty. Those present included Mike and his son Mick Davey, Ian Granland and Phil Thomas.
Mike Davey, whom the Davey medal for the Fairest & Best in the Black Diamond Cup is named, was the inaugural ‘The Lakes’ President. Ian Granland was the Secretary and W.J Mellerick Treasurer.
The Lakes were based at Tacoma Oval, which had been recently developed. The only facilities at the ground were a male/female toilet and a concrete cricket pitch in the centre of the ground. Change rooms weren’t built until the late 70s, requiring the erection of tents on game day.
William (Bill) Ayton was the Lakes first coach. Hailing from the Eastern Suburbs club in Sydney, he assembled a team of both experienced players and newcomers. Bill went on to coach for the next six years.
The Central Coast Competition commenced in 1976, and consisted of five clubs, including ‘The Lakes’. (Gosford Tigers, Narara Wyoming Bulldogs, Terrigal Panthers & Woy Woy Swans)
The committee ultimately re-badged the club ‘Wyong Lakes’ AFC, acknowledging the past and geographical area we represent.
Wyong Lakes Magpies
Wyong Lakes AFC
Don Small Oval, Wolsley Avenue, Tacoma
Tacoma is a suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales. It is located on the northern bank of the Wyong River where it opens up onto Tuggerah Lake. It has a general store, a school and a Fishermans Co-operative. It is also the home of the Wyong Lakes Magpies Australian Football Club.