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Burley marks a century-plus of making footballs

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Burley is celebrating over a century of manufacturing its footballs, first used in the WAFL in 1907.

The West 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.

He said 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.

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