Memorial to Magpie mates

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A black bench has been installed at McLean Oval in loving memory of two Denmark boys gone too soon.

The Napier and Bondini families designed the bench in memory of their late sons, Jack Bondini, 19, who died in a farm accident, and Ben Napier, 20 who died in a tragic incident in Perth.

Sarah and Steve Bondini
Camera IconSarah and Steve Bondini

The boys were proud members of the Denmark-Walpole Football Club and together they won the under-15’s premiership with the Magpies in 2010.

Ben’s mother, Delwyn Napier, said it took the two families a year to design and prepare the bench.

“Sarah is an artist so she drew the two magpies on the bench in memory of the boys,” she said.

“They played a lot of footy together so we thought it would be a really nice way to commemorate them, having the bench at McLean Oval.”

Tony and Delwyn Napier
Camera IconTony and Delwyn Napier

The bench was made out of 33,000 recycled plastic bags, a green initiative proposed by Steve and Sarah Bondini through Replas recycled furniture company. On the bench, next to the two magpies, a plaque carries a message from parents for their sons.

“A dedicated team player, full of passion and energy. The drive to achieve, the will to win. Fly high Jack,” wrote the Bondini family.

“A fast, fearless premiership player, captain and committee man who lived for football and was a passionate contributor to DWFC. Forever young, forever in our hearts,” was the message that Tony and Delwyn Napier — as well as Ben’s mates — wrote for him.

Mrs Napier said she was moved when she first saw the bench last weekend.

“Ben lived and breath football, so it was perfect to have the bench at the oval,” she said.

“I feel closer to Ben when I’m at the football club. I just feel very comfortable being here.”

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