South West Football Loses Great Man

Hall of Fame and Life Member of the South West Football League, John Sabourne, has passed away after dedicating much of his life to football in the South West, not only with the South West Football League but with Juniors as well.

Mr Sabourne was a foundation member of the Harvey Brunswick Junior Association past President prior to joining the Bunbury Association.  He was also the Secretary for five years, and President for two.  He coached numerous teams to three premierships and on top of all of that, he umpired as well.  He also served for ten years as the Tribunal Chairman for the Bunbury and Districts Junior Association.

In the formative years of the Harvey Bulls, John Sabourne was at the forefront, and a Life Member of numerous Associations, including the Bunbury and District Junior Association in 1976, Harvey Brunswick Junior Council in 1978, Harvey Brunswick Football Club in 1979 and to the SWFL Umpires Association in 1985.

In 1988, we was recognised by the WA Football Development Trust for his outstanding voluntary contribution to Western Australian Junior Football.

In 2014 he was awarded Club Person of the year at the Harvey Bulls Football Club, and in the same year, he was inducted into the SWFL Umpires Association Hall of Fame.

All of this occurred due to his dedication to Football which stems back to the 1950s.  Mr Sabourne was part of the committee that recommended to winding up of the Harvey Brunswick Football Association, to join the Collie – Bunbury League which became the South West National Football League.

He played Reserves for Harvey Brunswick in 1955 and 1956.  He Umpired in the SWFL between 1957 and 1964.  From 1969 to 1971 he served as Secretary of the Harvey Brunswick Football Club and served as a Club delegate for three years, where he was also a part of the SWFL Umpires Board and Match Committee.

On top of all of this, he had a hand in the design and construction of the Harvey Brunswick Club Rooms in 1974.  He also served the SWFL as a Ground Manager for a record 23 seasons from 1970 until 1992.  He also served on the Board of the Harvey Bulls Football Club for five years from 2011 until 2016.

Mr Sabourne was inducted into the SWFL Hall of Fame in 2015 and made a Life Member in 2018.

The SWFL offers its heart felt condolences to the Sabourne family.