Burley is celebrating over a century of manufacturing its footballs, first used in the WAFL in 1907.
Australian reports that Burley is the exclusive ball for the state’s football
league this year.
"If I ever go and watch a game, it's the ball I watch . . . how it goes through the air, how it bounces," former factory manager and now consultant to the company Malcolm Tapscott told The West Australian.
Tapscott joined the company - which merged
with uniform maker Sekem in 1985 and calls itself the oldest Australian-owned
football brand - in 1957 as a delivery boy.
that the company currently makes 20,000 footballs a year, though this number has
formerly been as high as 32,000.
"A lot of care is taken in our production and there is an awful lot of history," he said.
Each ball takes five days and 27 "movements" to manufacture, beginning with the sourcing of leather from Victoria.