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More than two decades ago, Barry Cable cycled from Perth to the Melbourne Cricket Ground to toss the coin for the 1993 AFL Grand Final. 

PEDAL POWER: Football legend Barry Cable finished the charity ride on June 10 and will be a central figure in a new film. Photo: Zac Gordon

More than two decades ago, Barry Cable cycled from Perth to the Melbourne Cricket Ground to toss the coin for the 1993 AFL Grand Final.

This year, at 72 years of age, the Australian rules football legend has lost nothing of his staying power, recently completing a 1,000-kilometre bike ride to raise awareness and support for the McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

The Barry Cable Ride for Memories was sponsored by Automotive Holdings Group and marked the launch of a variety of ongoing fundraising initiatives the foundation hopes will add to the $120,000 raised during the ride.

Joined by friend Josh Catalano, Mr Cable rode across the state’s South West from Esperance to Perth, visiting communities, including his home town of Narrogin, on the way.

Mr Cable played a total of more than 400 games in the Western Australian and Victorian football leagues, winning numerous best and fairest medals. He later made a significant contribution as a coach.

Now, his footy achievements and those of 23 other great Nyoongar players will be celebrated in a feature length sports documentary ‘A Team of Champions’.

Beyond West, a media company specialising in low-budget documentaries, will lead the project.

Beyond West executive producer and manager Harry Bardwell said the documentary would feature some of the best football ever played, while paying tribute to some of WA’s talent.

“The population size of the entire Nyoongar people is 30,000 to 40,000,” Mr Bardwell said.

“From that relatively small number of people it’s extraordinary that there are that many great players … it’s thought to be one of the highest representations at a national level of any football code in the world.”

The documentary will piece together snippets of the 24 players’ football careers, as well as their life journeys.

The earliest will be Jimmy Melbourne, the first ever Nyoongar footballer to play in a premiership side, dating back to his involvement with West Perth in 1900.

Other well-known Nyoongar legends featured will include players from the 1950s onwards, including Polly Farmer, the Krakouer brothers, Peter Matera and Buddy Franklin.

Mr Bardwell said the project was in active discussion with a number of companies and government agencies to gain substantial financial support and development assistance.

“We are still keenly seeking people who might like to support it,” Mr Bardwell said.

A donation to the project can be made by visiting the FTI Philanthropic website. 

There are 21 Nyoongar footballers playing in the AFL.


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