Vale Laurie Kettlewell
Saturday, 10 September 2016
One of the Lions greatest has passed away with Laurie Kettlewell moving on at the age of 80.
Kettlewell is a WA Hall of Fame inductee and played over 200 games for Subiaco between 1954 to 1965. He won the Subiaco Lions fairest and best twice in 1960/1962 and was named the club’s joint player of the century alongside Johnny Leonard.
In 1967 a panel of past champions sat down to pick their greatest utility player. Subiaco’s Laurie Kettlewell got the nod. The panel included Stan “Pops” Heal, Jim Conway, Jack Sheedy, Austin Robertson Snr and our first Sandover Medalist Tom Outridge.
Heal summed up the thoughts of most: “You couldn’t have asked much more of Laurie Kettlewell. You could play him in any position down the centre of the ground and on the flanks and Subiaco did just that. “Laurie was brilliant in all phases of the game. His drop kicking was a feature of his play, he was a sure mark in all conditions and he had one great attribute. Whenever his team was lagging he could always do something brilliant to inspire them.”
He also finished third in two Sandover medal counts (1958/1960). Outridge labelled him a “player of great distinction at full back, centre half-back, centre, centre half forward, full forward and on the ball”. “There were no limits to this player’s ability in any position,” he said. “Kettlewell was ideally built and he possessed all the football arts.”
The funeral service for Laurie will be held at the RAFFA Estate, 41 Portrush Parade, Meadow Springs. The service begins at 11am on Thursday 15/9/2016.