The premiership season of 2005-06 brought to an end the career of one the clubs most decorated players in Mel “Wingy” Gallagher. Upon arriving in the Goldfields with his family from Perth in the mid 1980’s he quickly established himself as a classy top order batsmen when he debuted for the club as a raw talented teenager. His 149 games produced 3759 runs at 28.7 and featured 4 A Grade centuries which is a club record he shares with Barry Pascoe and Brian Thomas. He was a member of three A Grade Premiership sides the most recent being the 05-06 side after which he emotionally announced his retirement. The former club Captain and Coach will long be remembered for his superb batting technique and uncanny ground fielding skills. Gallagher also holds the distinction of being the first ever WA Country Colts X1 player to record a century in the WACA colts competition.Footnote: Mel is the son of Hugh one of the clubs most loyal servants who held long term positions with the club as both Secretary and President for over a decade.
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