The Carey Park Football Club began its existence in 1914 as the Young Men’s Social Club, with football & rowing as its main recreations. Soon the name was changed to the Young Men’s Pastimes Club.
In 1956 it was decided that the Club should center its activities on the growing suburb of Carey Park and accordingly the name was changed from Pastimes. At a special meeting in 1959, members decided that the players of the Carey Park Football Club should be known as the Panthers.
The Carey Park Football Club has a long and proud past and this cannot be highlighted better by the fact that the award for the best and fairest League player each year was inaugurated in 1947 by Mr. Tom Harris, in honour and memory of his two brothers who with Tom played for Pastimes. This award is still sponsored by Tom’s family.
Over the years the Club has produced many great footballers, including Keith Hough and Sammy Clarke who both went on to win WA’s highest award, the Sandover Medal. Our most recent high achiever has been Jamie Bennell who was drafted by the Melbourne FC at pick 35 in the 2008 draft. Another player to have played at the highest level has been Paul Barnard who played for both the Hawthorn & Essendon Football Clubs and achieved the ultimate team goal in 2000 by being a part of the winning AFL Premiership side. Troy Ugle, who represented the West Coast Eagles, and triple East Perth Premiership Captain Jeremy Barnard are other players to have passed through our system.
Carey Park Panthers
Kelly Park Reserve, Balgore Way, Bunbury
The port city of Bunbury is the third largest city in WA after Perth and Mandurah. It is located 175 km south of Perth’s CBD. The port services the farming, mining and timber industries of the south west originally connected via an extensive rail network. It is named after Lieutenant Henry William St Pierre Bunbury, who developed the very difficult inland route from Pinjarra to Bunbury. Bunbury has sister-city relationships with Setagaya, Japan, and Jiaxing, China.
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