Hec Bristow

Hec Bristow
Hec Bristow has probably contributed more than any other individual in the history of the club. Hec started playing rugby for Highgate School in 1935 at the age of 16, but it wasnt until 1946, when Hec returned from service in World War II, that he began playing regularly for Perth Rugby Club, as it then was. Hec played halfback and flyhalf before embarking on a long career at fullback.

The club almost closed down in 1948 due to lack of numbers, when League started and many players left the club. Perth Club amalgamated with Northern Suburbs to become Perth-Suburbs. In 1952 Hec launched the beginning of a marathon career as Club President, a position he maintained for an astounding 25 years.

In 1956 Hec was awarded life membership of the club, and in 1958 Hec managed the State team to Victoria for the Southern States Carnival. In 1961 he was made a life member of the Western Australian Rugby union. In 1973 the club moved to Morley Reserve and became Perth-Bayswater RUC. In Hec s last year as President in 1977, the new club rooms at Morley Reserve opened.

Hec remained an active (and vocal) club supporter and a familiar sight at Morley Reserve until his death in 1995. Hec s memory will live on at Perth-Bayswater in recognition of the immense contribution he made in a lifetime of dedication to his club and his sport.

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