DEE FOR LIFE
Jerilderie Football Club honoured one of their hardest working committee members at their presentation night on Saturday, with Peter Keating presented with a life membership.
The man affectionately known as Pedro first joined the Demons as a player in 1985, unfortunately missing out on the Murray League 1987 premiership win due to an injury sustained in the preliminary final.
He only played five seasons with the club, but it was the 57 year-old’s hard work off the field that was recognised when awarded with a life membership.
‘‘I was very privileged and humbled with the club giving me this honour,’’ he said.
‘‘I didn’t do the things for recognition like, this but it is a nice thing.
‘‘I only played for five years but I ended up getting back involved with the club when my kids started their footy.
‘‘I love this club. It’s like another family and it’s my only social outlet.’’
The onballer was a part of the unsuccessful 1988 grand final side, before missing the 1989 premiership when he was overseas.
Keating returned to his footy in 1990, taking out the reserves best and fairest in what was his final year as a player.
He had a hiatus away from the club, before his children started playing for the Demons.
Pedro took over as the thirds coach in 2008, the club’s first year in the Picola League, leading the side for four years, claiming a premiership in his final year in 2011.
He became the club’s treasurer in 2012, keeping this role during the glory years, until stepping down at the end of 2015.
Jerilderie secretary Paul Read said there was no-one more deserving of a life membership than Keating.
‘‘He is one of the best workers at the club,’’ he said.
‘‘Pedro was the driving force for the new driveway into the club, played a big role in the verandah extensions and helped with saving up and building the new scoreboard.
‘‘Last year he put all of the sponsorship signs up and he works hard in the kitchen as well.
‘‘On a Friday night you see the lights on at the club and here’s Pedro cleaning and making sure everything is ready for the next day.
‘‘He’s spent hundreds of hours volunteering for the club, always wanting to make it better.
‘‘He’d even sometimes take a Monday or Friday off work just to help out.
‘‘If there was a word better than astronomical, then I’d use it to describe the time and hard work he has given to the club.’’
Jerilderie onballer Chris Marshall was also presented with a life membership after playing his 200th senior game earlier this season.
More details on Marshall and the Jerilderie best and fairest vote count on page 18.
RIGHT: Jerilderie Football Club’s newest life members Peter Keating and Chris Marshall at the club’s presentation night on Saturday.