The Melbourne Rules : An Esoteric History compiled by Brian Membrey

Stretching the memories of most

Wanderers Football Club Under 16s, 1949 with three local legends.

Tommy MacNamara, a PDJFA stalwart commemorated for over fifty years by pavilions at Oulton Reserve (Haxby Park)

Captain Les Sweet, club and PDJFA best and fairest and who became Preston Football Club's youngest ever player at 16 years of age the following year; and

Ken "Lou" Bennetts who coached Preston Thirds to four consecutive premierships late 50s-early 60s. Also VFA Seconds Best and Fairest, 1955

Not sure whether the L. Scott was Lloyd Scott, long-serving secretary of the PDJFA and as treasurer of the Northern Knights and Northern Bullants - the age is about right, but it looks a little on the heavy side for Lloyd.   


Wanderers : Under-16, 1949

(Courtesy of Ian Sweet

Les Sweet, 146 games with Preston

In 1958, He moved to captain-coach Morwell, taking a flag in 1961. He then went and coached Hamilton Magpies in the Western Border League for four years before retiring.

Sweet was later joined his older brother, Mick who later became a GP and established a practice in New Norfolk, Tasmania. He was honoured with an OAM in 2009 and also won a Queen’s Prize as a sporting shooter.

According to Ian Sweet, Les' son, his father always claimed that despite his short career (16 games), Mick was tough and used to tell blokes like "Mopsy" Fraser to stay away from his little brother, apparently Mopsy knew he could fight and obliged.

He also added "Dad went to school with Barassi and I have met Barassi a few times and he said Dad was his football hero when he was living in Preston.  Dad often said the Bullants under Bert Deacon should have won a flag but just didn’t have a tough big man to combat Williamstown and Port Melbourne").