DEE FOR LIFE

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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.

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