Nelson Rodgers Passes Away

South West Football League Life Member and Hall of Fame Member, Nelson Rodgers has passed away.

Nelson had been a fixture at the Augusta Margaret River Football Club since its inclusion in the SWFL in 1966.  He was a player, coach, President, committee man, delegate, recruiting manager and timekeeper.

Rodgers was the Hawks League coach in 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1976.  He went on to coach the Colts side in 1978 and 1979.

Nelson was a Committee man from 1966 to 2006, a total of 41 years, showing his dedication and commitment to his beloved Hawks.  Rodgers was around prior to Augusta Margaret River joining the competition in 1966 and was a part of the formation of the club into the SWFL.    Rodgers was a delegate for the Hawks to the SWFL in many of those years.

In his later years, Nelson oversaw the games from above as the Hawks Timekeeper for all three grades for fifteen years.

His playing career began with the former Margaret River Club where he played in back to back premierships in 1958 and 1959 as a 17/18 year old. He then spent five injury interrupted seasons with East Fremantle where he played 16 league and 23 reserves games and was made captain of the reserves in his final year.

In 1964 he captain coached the MRFC to an upset victory over Karridale, won the association medal, the grand final fairest and best and was the  best player at the Great Northern Carnival.

He was a selector for the SWFL for eight seasons from 1994 to 2002 and timekeeper from 2003 to 2008.

The South West Football League and the football community pass on its condolences to the Rodgers family and friends.