Dees induct first Hall of Famers

October 11, 2017

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.

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.’’

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