Fr. Kevin McKelson came to Broome in 1954. In 1955 he got a set of jumpers donated from the Carlton Footy Club and started a Junior Saints team which played against Beagle Bay. In 1960 Fr. McKelson approached a young Don McKenzie who was playing for Towns at the time and discussed the idea of forming a team of local boys. Success was immediate as they stormed to their first Premiership in 1960.
Saints wore red singlets from 1971 to 1973 and in 1974, John Puertollano and his sister Roma Puertollano purchased a set of St Mary’s Darwin of jumpers from Aldo Rosetto’s Sports Shop in Darwin. Aldo was Captain of St Mary’s Darwin Football Club at that time. The jumpers had the yellow letters SM on top of a green background. These jumpers were the same ones used in the 1979 Grand Final win over arch rivals Towns.
Saints have been noted for their speed and skill and have always enjoyed considerable support from the town.
Peter Haynes Oval, Frederick Street, Broome
Broome is a coastal, pearling and tourist town in the Kimberley region of WA, located 2,240 km north of Perth. It is often mistakenly thought that the first European to visit Broome was William Dampier in 1688, but he only visited the north of what was later named the Dampier Peninsula. In 1699 he explored the coast from Shark Bay to La Grange Bay, from where he headed north leaving the Australian coast. Many of the coastal features of the area were later named for him. In 1879 Charles Harper suggested that the pearling industry could be served by a port closer to the pearling grounds and that Roebuck Bay would be suitable. In 1883 John Forrest chose the site for the town, and it was named after Sir Frederick Broome, the Governor of WA from 1883 to 1889.
1960, 1971-72-73, 1979, 2005-06, 2010