Another chapter of the Fremantle Phantoms' history was written this week.
Twenty representatives of our great club converged on Subiaco Oval for the 2017 AFL Masters WA Hall of Fame gala, all dressed in our Sunday best, some looking more best than others, to not only represent the great Fremantle Phantoms, but also to celebrate and honor some great club champions.
It was an absolute cracker of a night.
The Getting Ready Committee of Atti, Johnny V, TMac, Oigs, Canon Ball, Burke, Rocket, Cribby and DMac, held a pre-gala meet at the Norfolk Hotel in Fremantle, to admire each others threads and discuss the operation planning for the night ahead, with sufficient lubrication at hand.
A short walk through the strip on our way to the train station, a Phantoms' recruitment corflute was found, a higher power giving us a gentle reminder of what the night ahead was all about.
A short run in with an un-accomodating bus driver had us continue our journey on foot until midway, a quick time check sparked realisation our timetable was somewhat stretched.
The walk turned into a brisk jog for half of the committee, the other half seemingly mocking those who opted to high tail it in our dapper threads – little did they know they'd be standing on the platform several minutes later as those joggers waved goodbye from the train as it pulled away.
Regathering at the oval, and taking our seats, it was quick to dawn on us all that our enthusiasm for the night would be unsurpassed among our peers.
The fluid flows increased and so did our laughter and banter until it was time to honor our fellow comrades of the purple, who were be recognised for their contribution to our great game.
Peter Lucy Hams, a giant of the Fremantle Phantoms, a dear friend to may of us, and gallantly represented by his children Alex Jess and Ella.
Former president of our great club and veteran of more than 100 games, although we lost Lucy to the big game in the sky several sirens ago, he was with us as we honored his service and his friendship as a 2017 Hall of Fame inductee.
And the club's first ever Father-Son recruit and cheekiest grind, Peter Gero Gerovich. Strangely absent for the evening, something about a world tour of Europe, Gero became our club's second Hall of Famer for 2017.
Son of Phantoms' foundering member John Gerovich, our Gero's service to his club and sport was honored after more than 25 years and 200 games.
Standing ovations from the Phantoms' table for both men, rightfully honoring our mates, and showing the rest in attendance how great our club really is.
With formalities over, the Phantoms' representatives grabbed the night by the jumper and set about roughing it up like no other.
Best on ground performances were abundant, lead by valiantly by Burke and Cribby, and the Hams sisters Jess and Ella with magnificent support efforts from Atti and Rocket.
The Phantoms took hold of the night, and owned it from start to finish. Showing the rest of the league that we still are the best club on the block – and of course, we were the last to leave.
Until next year.