Pi­geons seek­ing gate­keep­ers

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

Mal­colm Parry has never played foot­ball. But he loves help­ing out on the gate for ad­mis­sion to Yar­ra­wonga foot­ball and netball games and the clubs want more peo­ple like him.

The 75-year-old lives in Healesville and vol­un­teers ev­ery home game to be on the gate for a cou­ple of hours.

“When ‘Fev’ came up here to play, I thought I’d come up and watch a cou­ple of games. I en­joyed it so much, the peo­ple are so friendly and so I vol­un­teered to help out on the gate,” the re­tired ma­rine en­gi­neer told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

Mal, who played rugby union in the UK be­fore mov­ing to Australia at age 30 years, was of course, talk­ing about cham­pion Carl- ton spearhead and Yar­ra­wonga premier­ship player Bren­dan Fevola.

“Mal re­ally sup­ports us. He’s a great fel­low,” club ad­min., mar­ket­ing, mem­ber­ships and events man­ager Penne Tre­genza said. “He al­ways fol­lows us, he goes to Al­bury for ex­am­ple and is al­ways here.”

Last Satur­day against Al­bury, Mal was on the gate for two hours with lo­cal leg­end Phil Steven­son.

Yar­ra­wonga Foot­ball and Netball Club stal­wart Robert Tait is seek­ing more gate­keep­ers. “Today we had Phil Steven­son from Shep­par­ton and Mal Parry from Healesville,” he said.

“We’d like some more lo­cals put their hands up to vol­un­teer - just for two hours ev­ery now and then at our home games.”

The Satur­day times re­quired to man the gates are 9.00am to 11.00am, 11.00am to 1.00pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Phil Steven­son and Mal­colm Parry at the pay­ing en­trance to J C Lowe Oval last Satur­day against Al­bury.

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