The Football Hall of Fame WA is saddened to hear of the passing of Morley Windmills stalwart Cornelis ‘Kees’ Scheepens. A former State team representative, Kees passed away following a long illness on 17 November 2021, aged 79.
Hailing from Brabant in southern Holland, Kees arrived in Perth in 1954 and a few years later joined Windmills. Nicknamed ‘Dynamite Leftie’ thanks to a renowned left-boot, he was handed a first team debut at the age of 16 and went on to play thirteen seasons with the Dutch club.
Kees was a key part of Windmills’ emergence as one of the local scenes’ premier clubs. He was a member of the squad that finished to top of the First Division table in 1961 and also picked up winners medals in the Top Four Cup (1962) and Night Series (1969).
Dual club Best & Fairest honours came Kees way along with top goal scorer awards in both 1964 and 1965. He represented Western Australia twice in the 1964 national championship and was called up again for the following years’ friendly with Chelsea.
After finishing up at Windmills, Kees helped establish amateur side Neerlandia. The Sunday league club completed the Division One and Amateur Cup double in 1973, only 12 months after being crowned Division Three champions.
Kees continued playing and coaching well into his forties before retiring from the game. A scaffolder and builder, Kees had a long and successful marriage to Sandra and together they raised three sons. Our condolences are extended to the family.