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Club honours

By Southern Riverina News

Jerilderie Football Netball Club’s premiership reunion was a cause for celebration on Saturday night.

Not only were the Jerilderie senior premierships in 1989 (Murray League), 1999 (Coreen & District) and 2009 (Picola & District North West) and B grade netball 1999 Coreen & District premiership wins celebrated, but the club also inducted a new Hall of Famer and a new Life Member.

Club legend Trevor Miller was bestowed with the honour of joining the Hall of Fame while Rob Marshall was presented with his Life Membership badge.

Trevor Miller became the latest Hall of Fame inductee for his long career on the football field.

Miller played 176 senior games with Jerilderie, winning four club best and fairest medals in 1965, 68, 70 and 71.

The ruckman also won the Murray League best and fairest in 1971, setting what was a league record of 32 votes to claim the O’Dwyer Medal.

This record was broken by Barooga’s John Brunner in 1997 with a whopping 37 votes, with the record equalled last year by Hawks’ ruckman Brodie A’Vard.

Miller also finished as Murray League best and fairest runner-up in 1965 and 1972.

He coached the Demons seniors in 1972, as well as leading the reserves from 1965 to 72 and thirds in 1979.

Miller was named as the ruckman in the Jerilderie FC Team Of The Century and Jerilderie Team Of The Era from 1964-1979 before earning his Life Membership in 2003.

As the newest Life Member, Marshall was honoured for his 195 senior and reserves games combined as full forward, coaching the senior side for seven years and the reserves for four years.

Marshall is a three-time premiership winning coach, leading the Demons to back to back flags in the Coreen & District League in 1999 and 2000, before winning his third in 2003.

Rob’s wife Robyn and son Chris are already life members of the club, and committee member Carson Thomas said Rob’s honour highlights the impact the entire family has had on the club.

‘‘The family is heavily involved with Jerilderie,’’ he said.

‘‘Rob is a very active member and a great support to the club.

‘‘He helped the club during a dark period. After we lost four grand finals in a row he took over as coach and got us on the right track to win three flags in five years.

‘‘He was a key member in getting us into that strong era and we’re all thankful for his efforts.’’

The night also saw the auction of Jerilderie’s playing guernseys from Saturday’s game against Deni Rovers, with about $5500 raised.

With about 120 guests on the night to enjoy the festivities, club president Dean Knight said it was hugely successful.

‘‘The auction on the jumpers saw a few bidding battles,’’ he said.

‘‘All jumpers sold really well with the auction adding a bit of extra entertainment for the night.

‘‘It was great to bring three different eras of footy together. Everyone blended and mingled well together, with plenty of stories coming out of the night.

‘‘We had plenty of people travel from around the country to attend which is a bit of a testament to the high regarded in which the Jerilderie Football Netball Club is held.’’