Landmark Championships: Former Fremantle Docker Paul Duffield leads team to reward
As a youngster, retired Fremantle Dockers defender Paul Duffield aspired to play in the Landmark Country Football Championships.
The West Arthur product considered the annual carnival, which is contested by the State’s best rural footballers, as the ultimate Australian Rules battleground.
Despite the youthful goal, his football journey was destined for a bigger stage, with Duffield going on to play 171 games for Fremantle in a glittering AFL career spanning 13 seasons.
Duffield, who has been based at his family’s Darkan farm since retiring from the AFL in 2015, coached Upper Great Southern Football League to a 13th division one title in just his second year at the helm.
“When I was growing up, my goal was to play Landmark — for me, it was the epitome,” Duffield said.
Duffield has coached the Wagin Football Club the past two seasons in the Upper Great Southern Football League.
This year, the dashing defender has taken on Wagin’s player-coach role full-time after only playing the second-half of last season.
For full results and photographs, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Countryman.
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