Milestone for dual threat

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
David Fall has played 200 games with the Deanmill Football Club, from junior’s through to league games.
Camera IconDavid Fall has played 200 games with the Deanmill Football Club, from junior’s through to league games. Credit: Mick Hill

Deanmill Football Club star David Fall kicked his way to a milestone 200 games several weekends ago, after playing with the team since 2001.

David started playing junior football with the club when he was nine years old and then played with the team throughout the majority of his time in school.

He then moved to Perth where he continued to play football, even after a serious injury when he was 19.

“I missed about two years of football in total because of this and I had to work pretty hard to get back to playing my best,” David said.

Deanmill player David Fall looks for the options up the field, with Brandt Pears in support.
Camera IconDeanmill player David Fall looks for the options up the field, with Brandt Pears in support. Credit: Mick Hill

When he was 24 he moved back to the region and started up with Deanmill again, this time playing for the league side.

“I love the buzz you get before the games, it does not go away even after so long playing,” he said.

“Knowing you are going out there and performing as a team with your mates is a great feeling.”

He said he also loved the feeling after a game.

“It is a great feeling to know you have worked hard and obviously the feeling after a win is even better,” he said.

David said he loved the training he was able to do with the club, even in the winter months when it can be extremely cold.

“I really enjoy rocking up every week and training for the weekend games, I have always trained hard but I think I have learnt how to manage my body better over the years so I do not end up injured like I used to.”

When he played his 200th game, he said his teammates had been on their A-game and they had played one of the best games all season.

“I was able to kick six goals and we all played really well so it was a great game to hit that milestone on,” he said.

David’s love for the game led him to the decision he would also like to coach a team as well as play with one.

“I have been coaching for about nine years now, I have coached the league for eight seasons and colts for one, which is well over 100 games in total,” he said.

“I have always had really great people around who help me juggle everything because coaching, playing and then also working can be a lot to take on sometimes.”

He said his favourite part of coaching a team was being able to see how happy they were after a win.

Despite his love for football, David said he had decided to branch out into Speedway for a bit of a change.

David Fall won Manjimup Speedway highest points overall champion in 2018 and continues to love the sport.
Camera IconDavid Fall won Manjimup Speedway highest points overall champion in 2018 and continues to love the sport. Credit: Supplied

“It is something me and my old man do together, I just needed something different and I have always followed the sport, since I was a little kid,” David said.

“I really enjoy it, I am part of a good club, I am heavily involved in the committee for it and I also have met some great mates there too.”

David is the vice-president of the committee, has won a South West series and was also crowned highest points overall champion in 2018.

“We have had a few horror stories lately, with things such as blown engines, but hopefully this year we can turn it all around,” he said.

“I have been doing speedway for about 10 years, I did not do any juniors because I was so full on with football but I just reached a point in my life where I really wanted to give it a go.”

He said much like football, he loved embracing the highs and the lows of taking part in speedway.

“For both sports you can be on an all time high or experience low points when things go wrong but I love embracing all of it,” he said.

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