1998, as Balcatta Osborne Park by means of a merger between the Osborne Park and Balcatta Football Clubs; renamed Stirling in 2002
Richard Guelfi Reserve
Western Australian Amateur Football League (WAAFL) since 1998
Black, red and white
Balcatta Osborne Park’s debut season in the Western Australian Amateur Football League could scarcely have been more memorable as both the seniors and reserves won their respective premierships. Playing in B grade, the seniors overcame Hamersley Carine in the grand final by 42 points, 15.10 (100) to 8.10 (58), while the reserves were even more convincing in putting Bassendean to the sword to the tune of 72 points.\n\nBetween 1999 and 2004 the Saints competed in A grade, with the seniors qualifying for the finals three times for a best finishing position of third in 2002. After finishing third in B grade in 2005 Stirling, as the club had become known in 2002, returned to A grade the following year after losing the grand final to Hamersley Carine by 13 points. The club has performed strongly in A grade since, with the seniors contesting the finals in both 2007 and 2009 and narrowly missing out in 2008. The reserves, however, have tended to struggle somewhat, and indeed have not qualified for a finals series since capturing the 1998 premiership.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications