Boasting a combined population of well under 1,000 inhabitants, the small townships of Boyanup, Dardanup and Capel are situated within an area of some 20 square kilometres to the south and south-east of Bunbury. The football club which today represents them was born in 1957 as Boyanup Capel, and participated that year in the newly formed South West National Football League’s seconds competition. Two years later the club was admitted as a full senior member of the league.
Based in Boyanup for most of its history, in 2001 the club took the bold step of relocating to Eaton, which is one of the fastest growing parts of the city of Bunbury. In 2006, the Eaton Boomers colts team provided the first significant vindication of the move, by winning the club’s first ever premiership in any grade of football thanks to a 31 point win over Carey Park. The seniors eventually followed suit in 2013 when they accounted for Collie Eagles in the grand final by 24 points. A year later they went back to back thanks to a 10.9 (69) to 6.8 (44) grand final defeat of South Bunbury.
Glen Houn Reserve, Eaton Drive, Eaton
Eaton is a northeastern suburb of Bunbury, located 7 km from the centre of Bunbury on the south shore of the Collie River.