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When Bill Mose was selected in the Western Australian team for the 1958 carnival in Melbourne it was to be the completion of  a unique treble.Over a time span of forty four years, three generations of the same name were associated with Interstate Carnival sides.Chatting with Bill is like taking a walk through the history of Western Australian football.  His grandfather, William Henry Mose, WA’s full back in the third Australian carnival in 1914, joined West Perth in 1906, captaining the club in 1913, before spending two seasons at Midland Junction. He returned to the Cardinals in 1916, then served in the Great War. Resuming football in 1919, Mose contracted Pulminary Tuberculosis as a direct result of the inhalation of gas during the war, and died at Wooroloo Sanitorium in August, 1921, at the age of thirty five.Bill’s father, William Edwin Mose,  was head trainer in Western Australia’s campaign for the tenth Australian Carnival at Hobart. A thirteen-game player at Swan Districts, he won a fairest and best award for the Midland Junction Association as a full back.William John Mose continued the family tradition by representing Western Australia as custodian in a second side in his second season of league football at East Perth.  In another co-incidence, his mother’s father, John Sheedy, played at Midland Junction with Bill’s grand dad.  Prominent in the world of swimming, Sheedy coached West Australian swimmers Percy Oliver and Evelyn De Lacy in the Berlin Olympics of 1936. Bill Mose was a fine defender, but is best remembered for his year at full forward in 1958.The first league player to kick a hundred goals in a season for the Royals, he kicked a record swag of thirteen against Claremont, at the time the most in the qualifying rounds from an East Perth player, and played in the fourteenth Australian Carnival, in Melbourne.  Bill Mose attracted the interest of East Perth committeeman George Sweetapple  as a junior at North Perth Metropolitan Juniors in 1951, and was eighteen when he made his league debut on a half back flank midway through the 1952 season against East Fremantle, opposed to State star, Vic French.  “I was often getting into trouble,” he recalled. “But early in the piece I was looked after by my team mates.  In my second game I got flattened by Claremont ruckman Dixie Lee, but retribution was quickly dealt out in the shape of Col Pestell, who, after connecting with Dixie’s solar plexus, advised him to “leave the youngun alone.”  After a few weeks of being shepherded and protected, I was told by Pestell and Frank Allen: “we’ve blooded you, now you’re on your own, son.”He vividly recalls the sportsmanship of star Perth ruckman, Merv McIntosh in an early 1953 clash. “I was running for the ball off a half back flank, and I heard this voice behind me, saying: “go on, son, pick it up,” Bill said. “I got a handle on it, and then I heard: “now a nice long droppie.”  After doing that, I looked around to see the only player in the vicinity was Big Mac. It was something I always remembered.”At five foot ten and a half Mose was no giant, but was a reliable mark against bigger and taller opposition, and had a good kick, with the drop kick a specialty. He was used in defence for most of his time at East Perth, selected in a Western Australian second side at full back in 1953, and played in the 1956 premiership as a backman. It was coach Jack Sheedy’s move of Mose to full forward that led to the stellar season that was to come in 1958. Mose reveled in the spearhead role, a bag of thirteen goals against Claremont one of the highlights as he collected a hundred and fifteen  for the season, winning the WANFL goalkicking award.  In a premiership year for East Perth, he was selected in the 1958 Melbourne Carnival side, sitting on the bench for the first two games, then kicking five goals against the VFA and two in the clash with Victoria. Football can be a cruel game, and other clubs would have envied the riches of the Royals in 1959, when they recruited boom country forward, Don Langdon. With Neil Hawke in the side, it forced the previous season’s leading goalsneak’s return to the back line, the brilliant Hawke moving to the goalsquare. A new recruit with the police force, the newly married Mose was transferred to Bunbury early in the season, and after a hundred and twenty five league games, retired from league football. Resuming at South Bunbury, he was a premiership player with the Tigers that season.  “It was a tough game down there,” he said. “I recall a donnybrook in one game when former South Fremantle player Don Dixon started an all in melee, with a spectator taking a potshot at Syd Jackson. It was like all in wrestling, and I looked up as World War Three was going on around me to see Don down the other end by himself curling the mo.”  After two seasons at South, Mose concentrated on coaching juniors. Noting that there was no organised competition for the under eights, nines, or tens, he involved himself in that area, and, with the help of the Carey Park club, was instrumental in the revamp of the local junior football structure. “They were the best years of my football days,” he told us. “Working with those kids gave me more pleasure than anything I did myself.”Bill Mose’s football swansong came in 1964, when he coached Carey Park for a season. After thirty two years with WA Police, Bill is now enjoying a life in retirement back in Perth. He and wife Shirley are hard to catch, the travel bug well and truly having taken hold. They have two boys, Mark and Peter, both of whom played junior football in the East Perth area, with Peter playing State Schoolboys.Bill is adamant that brother John had far more ability than he.  A rover with an abundance of natural talent, John Mose played seven games with East Perth in 1954-55, five at Swan Districts in 1956-57, then joined Footscray before finishing his career at Mount Gambier. “John could have been anything, but he loved the social life too much,” he said.Mose reckoned that East Fremantle full back Con Regan was a tough opponent, along with Ray Richards(South Fremantle) and Ray Schofield(West Perth).  “Ted “Square” Kilmurray was the most unselfish player I played with, as well as the best. He looked after me early on.”Bill Mose had seven seasons at the Royals, and gave them great service throughout ,contributing to two premierships. But his name will be associated with the year of 1958 by East Perth supporters as the club’s first centurion, while it will also be remembered at Bunbury for his work with junior football.

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