Whyalla's greatest keepers

Okay , here we go with Whyalla Soccers greatest goalkeepers part 2 .9.

Steve Murphy -: Wanderers, Croatia, Port Augusta. 70's , 80s , 90s )

Smurph as he was known made his debut for Wanderers in 1973 before going on to play for Adelaide Juventus in the 75-76 seasons .On his return he would sign for Croatia and play three seasons with the club before traveling to England where he trialed with Bolton Wanderers.On his return Steve joined Port Augusta and was a star for the club over 10 seasons, winning 4 fairest and bests with finally one last season back at Croatia in 93 before hanging up his gloves .Steve was brave at the ball , had great awareness and a superb shot stopper . Possibly Port Augusta's greatest player .

10. Howard Aspey -: ( Westland United, Croatia 80s , 90s )

It didn't matter if you were a teammate, opposition or the referee , if Howard came for the ball you got out of the way .The ex- hockey keeper started with Westlands and won an Association cup in 85 and had several seasons with the Red Devils before signing with Croatia in 1992 . It was there that Howard had his most successful years winning four league championships in 92 , 95 , 96 and 97 .He made the goals look small , had up close reflexes and was good in the air . One of the best in his time .

11. Stephen Welgraven -: ( Lions , Croatia, Wanderers, Steel United . 80s , 90s , 00s , 10s )

Mostly known as Wally , Stephen's career as a keeper has spanned over 4 decades .He started as an understudy at Lions then played one season at Croatia in 91 before joining Wanderers in 1992 winning and league cup and Association cup in three years with the blues .His best years were at Lions though who he joined in 1997 and remained for 12 seasons winning two league titles in 04 and 07 . In 2009 he signed for Steel and became the oldest player to win a league medal as Steel took out the treble in 2016 .A great "one on one " shot stopper with a big wing span , the two time keeper of the year got everything out of his career and is still keeping today.

12. Domenic "Mim" Lobasso -: Virtus ( 80s , 90s)

One of the great keepers to come out of Port Pirie was Mim Lobasso .The one club man spent his whole career at Virtus as was apart of their golden era , picking up league titles in 1985 , 88 and 91 with a host of cups in between. Mim was superbly agile , wouldn't hesitate diving at the feet of strikers and had great positioning .A broken leg in 1997 cut short what was a successful career and will go down as a Virtus legend.

13. John Duka -: ( Savoy 80s , 90s )

Another great Port Pirie goalie was Savoys John Duka . John played this career at Savoy and had success early winning the league championship in 1987 but it was the 1994 success that gained him legendary status at the club . The Fairmont homes league championship final against arch rivals Virtus saw Savoy win 1-0 and John had a man of the match performance between the sticks with some outstanding saves with one being a top corner save from a Kubatvinski header late on .Although not the tallest , John was great in the air and could cover the goals with great agility .

14. Shaun Rigg -: Lions , Westland United, Steel United, Croatia. 80s , 90s , 00s , 10s )

One of the finest keepers in his era , Shaun started with Lions before joining Westland United where he would play regular first team winning a league cup in 1996 .He would then sign for Steel United where he would have his best years winning four league titles including the three in a row between 99 and 01 in an outstanding side at the time .Lightly framed , he could fly across the goal line with ease , had great reflexes and had a pretty good save ratio from the penalty spot as well .Although he's made a couple of comebacks and even played outfield, his status as a great keeper is assured .

15. Jamie Tudhope -: Westland United, Croatia. 90s , 00s , 10s ) .

One of the best keepers in recent times is Jamie Tudhope.Jamie started his career at Westland United where he would also prove to be a decent outfield player . He signed with Croatia in 2002 and was apart of the double treble winning season that year and would go on to win six league titles in all with a plethora of cups along the way .He's proved to be a match winner on many occasions throughout his time at the club and is one of the bravest I've seen with his attack on the ball . The 2017 keeper of the year is still going strong today .

Honourable mentions for those era's -: Peter Bajic , Matt Thursby , Derek Nelson , Todd Petrohilos , Lindsay Paterson , Danny Roffey ,Dan Rowlands , Shannon Nielsen, Steven Perkins ,Tyler Welgraven .

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