Dees in­duct first Hall of Famers

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Jer­ilderie Foot­ball and Net­ball Club hon­oured three club leg­ends by in­duct­ing them into the club’s Hall of Fame last month.

Tony Her­rick, John Bryce and Neil McKin­non (post­hu­mous in­duc­tion) were all recog­nised at the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony.

Her­rick, who served over 30 years as an ad­min­is­tra­tor for the Demons, said it was ‘‘just won­der­ful’’ to be recog­nised.

‘‘It was a great night, a real high­light for me,’’ he said.

‘‘The club has a re­ally healthy at­mos­phere; it’s a great place to be around. ‘‘I still at­tend the home games. ‘‘I came here from a rugby league back­ground when I moved to Jer­ilderie and fell in love with Aussie rules.

‘‘I didn’t ex­cel in any sport so to be recog­nised for off-field work is a great hon­our.’’

Her­rick joined the club as an ad­min­is­tra­tor in 1983 be­fore serv­ing as trea­surer in 1984 un­til 1987.

He left the club briefly af­ter serv­ing as trea­surer and re­turned in 1991 as sec­re­tary trea­surer right up un­til his re­tire­ment in 2011.

In 1996 he was named a life mem­ber of the Demons and in 2000 was pre­sented with an Aus­tralian Sports Medal by the Jer­ilderie Shire.

Cur­rent Jer­ilderie trea­surer Michelle Read said Her­rick has been vi­tal to the suc­cess of the club.

‘‘With­out Tony, the club wouldn’t have sur­vived,’’ she said.

‘‘I still go to him for ad­vice or as­sis­tance in the trea­surer’s role.’’

Neil McKin­non’s daugh­ter Liz Jar­rod was in at­ten­dance on her fa­ther’s be­half and said it was some­thing her fa­ther would have loved.

‘‘Dad never sought at­ten­tion but he would have been stoked that he was in­ducted,’’ she said.

‘‘I found it amaz­ing that he was re­ally into foot­ball de­spite that fact he had four daugh­ters and no sons.’’

McKin­non played in the 1951 premier­ship side and was pres­i­dent from 1972 un­til 1976 and again in 1980 un­til 1982. He was made a life mem­ber of the Demons in 1979.

The fi­nal in­ductee John Bryce made his pres­ence felt both on and off the field.

The ruck­man played 238 se­nior games af­ter de­but­ing for the Demons in 1978, earn­ing him­self a life mem­ber­ship in 1990 when he played his 200th game.

Bryce is a three-time premier­ship player with Jer­ilderie, play­ing in the 1983, 1987 and 1989 tri­umphs and also had a one year stint as se­nior coach in 1986.

Bryce said it was a ‘‘big’’ hon­our to be in­ducted into the Hall of Fame.

‘‘I’ve been through the low times of the club and the high times, in­clud­ing win­ning three pre­mier­ships,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve al­ways en­joyed the so­cial side of the club and play­ing footy with my three sons was re­ally spe­cial.’’

Bryce was selected at for­ward pocket in Jer­ilderie’s Team of the Cen­tury, picked in 2003.

His time off the field also saw him spend 30 years as a vol­un­teer, serv­ing as pres­i­dent from 1993 un­til 1999, trea­surer for two years and coach­ing the thirds side for six years.

Club pres­i­dent Sam Catena said it is im­por­tant to recog­nise those who have served the club.

‘‘This is one of the most im­por­tant things the club has ever done,’’ he said.

‘‘There are a lot of peo­ple who do a lot of work that goes un­recog­nised and this is a new way to en­sure they get the recog­ni­tion they de­serve.

‘‘We’ll look to in­duct a min­i­mum of three club leg­ends ev­ery year.’’

Jer­ilderie Hall of Fame in­ductees (from left) John Bryce and Tony Her­rick with Liz Jar­rod who ac­cepted the hon­our for her late fa­ther Neil McKin­non.

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