Remnants of WR Boxer Shield presented to family descendants

BOXER DESCENDENTS: Four generations of WR Boxer's descendants are Ivy and Marissa Veitch, Christine Sampson, Stuart Boxer, Craig Boxer, William, Millie and Jack Willson, Liam Sampson, Jed and Renae Florance and Nikki Boxer. Photo supplied
BOXER DESCENDENTS: Four generations of WR Boxer's descendants are Ivy and Marissa Veitch, Christine Sampson, Stuart Boxer, Craig Boxer, William, Millie and Jack Willson, Liam Sampson, Jed and Renae Florance and Nikki Boxer. Photo supplied
FOR THE CLUB: Stuart Boxer and outgoing Kangaroo Island Football League secretary Cathie Tydeman with the new plaque that will hang in the Wisanger Panther club rooms.

FOR THE CLUB: Stuart Boxer and outgoing Kangaroo Island Football League secretary Cathie Tydeman with the new plaque that will hang in the Wisanger Panther club rooms.

SACRED: The sacred remnant on the wooden board with words explaining how it was salvaged after the fire.

SACRED: The sacred remnant on the wooden board with words explaining how it was salvaged after the fire.

A small, melted portion of the original WR Boxer Shield that was destroyed in the Kangaroo Island bushfire disaster has been presented to family descendants.

The partially melted scrap of metal that was the centrepiece of the original shield has been mounted on a wooden board with words explaining how it was salvaged after the fire.

The Kangaroo Island Football League made the presentation to the Boxer family after the Wisanger football match at Panther Park on Saturday night, May 29.

The original shield was burnt during the 2019/2020 Kangaroo Island bushfires with the devastating loss of the Western Districts Memorial Sports Club.

Wonks win Grand Final in 2019

Western Districts won the shield in 2019 and hence it was out on the western end of the Island that fateful day on January 3, 2020 when the fire swept through.

The Boxer family have worked with the KIFL to recreate the shield and the new shield was presented to the Western District Football Club at a special presentation on Anzac Day.

The new shield features a replica of the original centrepiece.

The WR Boxer shield has been presented to the A grade premiership side each year since 1950.

The shield however was not presented on Grand Final day in 1950 as it was not ready.

Wisanger won the A Grade premiership that year, and William Richard Boxer's son Clem was the captain of this side, so WR presented the shield to him at the beginning of the 1951 season.

There are four generations of William Richard Boxer's family still playing, supporting and volunteering at Wisanger.

His great-great grandson Liam Sampson is the captain of the A Grade team this year.

ORIGINAL SHIELD: The Western Districts Football Club A Grade side celebrates winning the WR Boxer Shield in 2019. A few months later the shield and their community club were destroyed in the fire. Photo: Maggie's Photography

ORIGINAL SHIELD: The Western Districts Football Club A Grade side celebrates winning the WR Boxer Shield in 2019. A few months later the shield and their community club were destroyed in the fire. Photo: Maggie's Photography

REPLACEMENT SHIELD: Western District Football Club president Tony Nolan with Ian Boxer, premiership captain Josh Graham with the replacement WR Boxer Shield presented on Anzac Day 2021. Photo: Maggie's Photography

REPLACEMENT SHIELD: Western District Football Club president Tony Nolan with Ian Boxer, premiership captain Josh Graham with the replacement WR Boxer Shield presented on Anzac Day 2021. Photo: Maggie's Photography

The new WR Boxer Shield meanwhile only happened thanks to cooperation and generosity of many.

Outgoing KIFL secretary Cathie Tydeman said local KI artist Dave Clarke spent many hours remoulding the centrepiece free of charge

Trophy maker Evright provided a sponsorship in the form of 50 per cent discount of the full cost of replacing the shield, which the Boxer Family funded the balance paid.

Western Districts Football Club president Tony Nolan also deserved much credit for sifting through ashes to locate the pieces that were salvageable, she said.

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