This weekend Harry Rivers plays his 100th open-age game for the Demons.
Season 2023 is Harry’s 11th season with the Pennant Hills Demons. He is 25 years old. Known by his teammates as ‘Riv’.
Harry’s footy career started at the Pennant Hills Junior club in 2006. Over 8 seasons (2006–11 & 2013-14), he played 127 games and was a member of the 2009 Under 12 Division 3 premiership side. He was a talented junior player and was the team’s Best & Fairest 3 times and also received the Umpire’s B&F award in 2011. In 2012, he played 8 games with Westbrook Juniors (8 games/4 goals). He was also a North West representative player in several seasons.
In 2013, at age 15, Harry joined the Penno Senior club and played four seasons (51 games in all) of underage footy (U18/19). 2017 was his first season of open-age footy. He started playing in the third grade side and was a member of the 2018 Division One premiership team. In 2020, he was promoted to the reserve grade side and has been a regular there for several seasons.
As to awards, Harry was the Most Consistent and Player’s Player for the Premier Division Reserves in 2022 and the Best Team Man in 2021. He was Most Consistent in Division One (third grade) in 2020 and 2018. He was amongst the best for Penno (BST 4) in the 2018 premiership.
Harry has been a back-man all of his senior career. He is a courageous, disciplined and reliable defender. Often called on to be in the last line of defence Harry is very effective as a defensive sweeper and can carry the ball and rebound the ball forward.
Aside from the 2018 premiership, one of Harry’s most memorable experiences was getting to play with his brother, Tom, in 2020. Harry reckons Maine Vidler and Jackson Preedy are two of the best that he has played with.