Doug was a lifelong Aussie Rules fan, barracking for West Perth in the WAFL. He played amateur footy in the Band of Hope Association at age 14, the Towns team in Coolgardie, Railway Rovers in Kalgoorlie and Towns at RAAF Geraldton. In later years Doug umpired matches, was a vice patron of the West Perth Football Club a patron of the Osborne Park Sunday League Football. #WAFL #AussieRules @WestPerthFC

Doug’s dad gets Doug boxing lessons at Paddy Hubon’s gym in his early teens and Doug becomes a boxing fan. Doug joins the WA Band of Hope and the WA Temperance League, Doug becomes a lifelong non-drinker (apart from a few mishaps he tells later in his story). The League had a large role to play in junior football in the state. Doug continues his ties to the League when he moves to Coolgardie and he leads the Cobbers Club there.