RAKICH BROTHERS WORK IN VINEYARD
Geoff Rakich, the Swan Districts ruckman, drives a tractor on his grandfather’s vineyard at Herne Hill yesterday. With him is his brother, Joe, who is captain coach of the Swan Valley soccer team. If his family and relatives had their way, Geoff Rakich also would play soccer for Swan Valley. Rakich prefers the Australian game, however, and is having such a good season that he is not likely to make a change. While the brothers were dusting rows of grape vines with fertiliser yesterday they frequently discussed the merits of the two codes. Herne Hill, where several Rakich families live, is the centre of the Swan Valley team’s activities and is a soccer stronghold. Geoff, who played in the State carnival team this year, is also a good soccer player. State Player Joe, who has been selected in the State soccer team to play against the touring Chinese next month, has been useful in Australian football. Another brother, Frank, also plays soccer with Swan Valley. Geoff has to travel about 15 miles each way to train with Swan Districts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Next Saturday he will have to travel about 60 miles to play at East Fremantle Oval. He is a very keen student of the Australian game. He said yesterday that his object when playing was to kick the ball to a team-mate or to a position where it would be easiest for a team mate to get it. “I have no natural football ability,” he said. “I have to concentrate on everything I am doing in a game in order to play well.” Artistic Rakich said that any natural ability he had was in drawing and painting. He was fond of painting and had been complimented for some of his work. In the Swan Districts dress ing-room there is a life-like drawing by Rakich of Jack Murray, the coach of the second team. Rakich said that he had con templated giving up cricket next season so that he could devote more time to painting. Rakich, who is 26, is married and has two small sons. He was born at Midland Junction and has always lived in the Swan Valley district. He said yesterday that he was grateful to Frank Sparrow for the improvement he had effected in his play this season.
(The West Australian – Wednesday 26 August 1953)
Swan Valley Soccer Team 1959 – Photo Courtesy Tom Polich
BACK ROW – LEFT TO RIGHT – JIM JURJEVICH, JACK POLICH (Dec) EMLYN JONES, FRANK (Chick)RAKICH (Dec), JOE (Doc) RAKICH, RON (Hobsy) ROKI
FRONT ROW – LEFT TO RIGHT –JOHN NORMANDALE, ALAN McSHANE, PETER PERICH, NICK SVICAREVICH , JOHN BEOR.