Devan Perry will be the only one of the nine triple East Perth flag winners at the derby against West Perth today hoping the Royals do not celebrate their reunion with a win.
Perry, a tough, dreadlocked midfielder whose uncompromising approach was the hallmark of the East Perth hat-trick under coach Tony Micale in 2000-02, will be closely involved in the game at Medibank Stadium.
But he will be doing his best to get West Perth over the line as an assistant to coach Bill Monaghan.
The other eight hat-trick winners - captain Jeremy Barnard, 2002 co-captain Rod Wheatley, David Swan, Paul Ridley, Aaron Marley, Troy Butcher, Travis Knights and Grant Holman - will be urging on the Royals.
How much game time they watch remains to be seen given it's been nearly a decade since the last of the premierships and that tall tales and true need to be relived.
They include Holman's remarkable record of playing three seasons and winning flags in each of them.
Or the fate of Andrew Waller who played in the first two premierships and was left out at the last minute before the third to make way for Shaun Baxter to played last of just 12 games for the club.
All but five of the 38 players who took part in the wins over East Fremantle, South Fremantle and West Perth are due to attend the reunion.
They include current West Coast star Dean Cox whose career surged so rapidly as he learnt on the job from No.1 ruckman Ryan Turnbull that he won the Simpson Medal in the first premiership.
Micale recalled having a heated debate with then West Coast coach Ken Judge, whose Eastern States draftees were housed at East Perth as part of the host club arrangement, about Cox's lack of readiness for league ranks.
"It was one argument that, in hindsight, I was happy to lose," Micale recalled. "I didn't think he was ready to play league footy but Judgey insisted that he would play seniors and it proved that, sometimes, opportunity is more important than anyone's judgment or anything else."
Turnbull won the Simpsons in the other two wins to cap a superb career that included flags with the Eagles and Claremont.
Other players of note included human bowling ball Troy Wilson, the full-forward who was part of West Perth's 1999 flag team and then switched to their rivals the next year, Caine Hayes, who would add three flags with Subiaco, and Callum Chambers, a premiership player with the Royals and Falcons while at West Coast.The derby will be played for the Jeremy Silcock Shield, which honours the East Perth player who died on the end-of-season trip in 1996.
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