About the Big Men
The BMRWFC is an exclusive organization
with a proud history, with its primary activity being the running of
the most prestigous fantasy AFL competition in the
world. In 2006, it includes 16 participating members plus two
social members. The BMRWFC was spawned by the Big Men, the Lads
and the Rest of the World - an intricate social and sporting matrix
which has ties between some members exceeding 30 years.
The Big Men, the Lads and the Rest of the
World emerged from three
distinct backgrounds. Undoubtedly, the linchpin in bringing these
groups together was the Godfather Derek Osborn.
Derek grew up in Willetton and first made acquaintances with members
Farrow and Chia at a very young age. When attending Rossmoyne
High, the cartel grew to include members Dennett, Sprunt and
Osborn, not happy with the limited
diversity of the Rossmoyne group, established links with the second
main power base, the "Architecture Alliance" at UWA, which included
members Cake, Jorgensen, Manser-Smith and Pavlinovich.
The third spoke in the wheel was forged by member Sprunt at the Engineering faculty of Curtin University. It was here that he met member Flanagan, who subsequently introduced the "Aquinian Faction" which also included members Fry and O'Connor.
A few odd sorts have also been collected
along the away - some active members, some not. Cakey claims to
have been the first to meet member Berridge via an ex girlfriend,
however Berro really became an established member through his Hockey
Club association with the almighty Osborn. Sue Lovell, then
girlfriend and current wife of Osborn was a member briefly in 1996 (and
the only ever female to be so honoured), and she was responsible for
bringing member Owen on board. Due to the strict male only
criteria of the Big Men, this anomoly has been corrected and Sue has
Later in proceedings, Pav introduced member Barrett-Lennard, followed by member Johnston, who in turn brought in member Reimann. In 2006, following prolonged periods of inactivity and poor comitment, Mark Owen was suspended and replaced by another foreigner, Mark Toomath, who obtained his license by way of friendship with Davo.
Birth of the Big Man and the Lads
It all started one fateful evening in 1990
when a few future members got together at a party at UWA.
In attendance were Osborn, Jorgo, Cakey, Davo, Wizza and the long
forgotten "Euro Mike" - Michael Drake. Events of the evening are
hazy, but it is widely believed that Jorgo, Derek and Cakey briefly
stole a toilet bowl that was being used to serve punch, urinated in it,
and subsequently returned it to the party, presumably to serve more
punch. Understandably, the other patrons of the party were not
happy about this and after a bit of a scuffle, all were ejected.
Rumour also has it that Euro Mike scrawled some derogatory comments
about architects on a wall in the Uni, but this is
unconfirmed. Member Jorgo vehemently denies any role in
"Toiletbowlgate", instead claiming that one Michael Chin (no BMRWFC
status) was involved.
At some stage during the evening, it was
determined, likely by devine revelation, that Derek, Cakey and Jorgo
the "Big Men". At the same time, it was decided that Davo, Wizza
and Euro Mike would be "The Lads" Anyone else was to be the "Rest
of the World".
And so the Big Men, the Lads and the Rest of the World came into existince. Subsequent members who were granted "Rest of the World" status were Dennett, Chia, Berridge and Ravn. Whether "Rest of World" status extends to the remaining members is unclear
It was not until 1996 when the Big Men,
Rest of the World Football Club (BMRWFC) was
formed, when Osborn, Lovell, Cake, Jorgensen, Farrow, Sprunt and
Dennett kicked off the innaugural season. No-one knows for sure
Lads" were left out of the title, but that is the way the chips