Former Augusta-Margaret River Hawks footballer Peter Miller has been inducted into the East Perth Football Club Hall of Fame.
Miller joined Manjimup product George Giannakis and the late 1950s hero Paul Seal in being recognised by the Royals during a function at Leederville Oval on Thursday, September 14.
Originally from a dairy farm near Cowaramup, Miller joined the Hawks in 1985, before moving to Perth and playing colts for East Perth in 1987.
He made his league debut in 1988 and went on to play 175 games for the club, winning two best & fairest awards. He was also captain in his final season and played 16 games for the Fremantle Dockers after being one of the first players signed by the new club in late 1994.
Miller later played with Pinjarra Football Club in the Peel Football & Netball League.
In accepting the honour, Miller told those at the function that he had been drawn to East Perth from an early age.
He even had strong memories of coming to Perth to play little league for the Royals and being yelled at by reserves coach Grant Dorrington.
“But I grew up on a farm in Cowaramup and Rod Duggan was my nextdoor neighbour and I have vivid memories of Rod in his East Perth tracksuit, which must have been in about 1977,” he said.
“He was telling me I needed to work on my left hand handball. We were standing outside of the farmhouse and Rod played in the 1978 premiership team.
“My grandfather lived in Capel and his nextdoor neighbours were Dean Turner’s parents. So, in reflecting on the memories of East Perth, the web of East Perth stretches far and wide.”
Among the first to congratulate Miller was Matt Clape, who was also recruited to East Perth from Margaret River.