John Gascoyne to release his second Mortlock Shield book before this year's tournament

FINAL BOOK: Author John Gascoyne with his original book on the Mortlock Shield and the manuscript for his upcoming book, ‘30 More Mortlocks: A history of the Mortlock Shield 1989-2018’. Picture: Luca Cetta
FINAL BOOK: Author John Gascoyne with his original book on the Mortlock Shield and the manuscript for his upcoming book, ‘30 More Mortlocks: A history of the Mortlock Shield 1989-2018’. Picture: Luca Cetta

Ceduna author John Gascoyne is putting the finishing touches on what he says will be his final book, the second volume of his history of the Mortlock Shield.

The book, titled ‘30 More Mortlocks: A history of the Mortlock Shield 1989-2018’ is a continuation of an earlier book published in 1988 which focused on the first five decades of the esteemed Eyre Peninsula football tournament.

Mr Gascoyne said the editing process would be completed following a final research trip to Port Lincoln next week.

“The writing is finished, but I need to collect some photos and fill in some gaps,” he said.

“Once I get back from Port Lincoln I will be able to finish it off, and I want everything done in the next week or so.”

The book will be more than 300 pages of results, team photos, flashbacks and profiles on prominent individuals from the rich recent history of the Mortlock Shield.

Mr Gascoyne said the shield had seen fantastic moments, matches and players over the years, but one of his favourite Mortlock stories was about Port Lincoln player George Burgoyne, who came on after half-time during a 1961 match to kick a massive 16 goals.

He said the book would be available before the Mortlock Shield, with a tentative release date of May.

The book – his 10th – will be sold across Eyre Peninsula, with 500 copies to be published.

“I’ll be going to the shield this year with the new book in hand, and I am looking forward to it,” Mr Gascoyne said.

“We sold 1000 copies of the first book in six weeks, so hopefully this does well too.”

After decades spent writing about Far West and Eyre Peninsula sport, people and history, Mr Gascoyne is not expecting an 11th book to hit the shelves.

“This is the final book,” he said.

“I could probably go on, but I have no computing skills and [wife] Chris has to do it all which is not fair on her.

“I have got background information on subjects which I could do, but that is the main reason.”

Mr Gascoyne said with his research and writing days soon behind him it would leave more time for reading, doing crossword puzzles and travel, but he said it had been an enjoyable journey.

“I had a limited footy career and knew my strength was in writing,” he said.

“Because of the books, everyone knows me and I got to know a hell of a lot of people from all over Eyre Peninsula and elsewhere.

“I’ve met most Mail medalists, the same with Mortlock Shield life members, I have had a beer with plenty and have enjoyed meeting those people.”

Mr Gascoyne said he was still looking for team photos from Far West, Lincoln City and Kangaroo Island, and asked if anybody could help to call him on 0428 252 991.