VALE PETER COVENTRY

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 12:17 PM

VALE PETER COVENTRY

 

BACK POCKET SPECIALIST DIES

Peter Coventry, who played in the back pocket in Perth’s 1955 premiership side, has died. He was aged 92.

Peter played with the club through the 1950s, making his mark in the first year as a wingman. He played in the 1950 grand final which Perth lost to South Fremantle by six points.

But coach Ern Henfry turned him into a back pocket specialist, and that’s where he played alongside full-back Brian Ashbolt in the nail-biting 1955 grand final in which Perth prevailed over East Fremantle by two points.

Describing Perth’s premiership players that year, the Football Budget said Peter was a “close-checking and sound ground player. Has given Perth consistently good service this season.”

Peter was an outstanding club man. After losing his league spot he knuckled down and was fairest and best in the Seconds in both 1953 and 1954, before regaining his league place in the backline.

When he retired in 1959, he had played 111 league games. He remained involved with the club, coaching the Fourths in 1974. Life Member Brian Sweetapple, who managed the Fourths that year, remembered Peter’s “calm and educational approach” to his coaching duties.

After the Fourths competition was discontinued in 1975, Peter remained involved, assisting 1967 and 1968 premiership player Noel Wilson who coached the Thirds. 

Peter was awarded Life Membership in 2019 in recognition of his long service both on and off the field. The club extends its sincere sympathy to his wife Peggy and the Coventry family.

PETER KENNEDY