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Roos celebrate legends of game

Monday, 5th August, 2019

SFC president Ashley Byrne (from left), Mick Malthouse and South Past Players chairman Peter Johns at the club’s Past Players and Officials function on Sunday. Malthouse was the guest speaker for the day and the club honoured the 1989 A Grade premiership team. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan SFC president Ashley Byrne (from left), Mick Malthouse and South Past Players chairman Peter Johns at the club’s Past Players and Officials function on Sunday. Malthouse was the guest speaker for the day and the club honoured the 1989 A Grade premiership team. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

After a hard-fought win against West the day before, the South Football Club enjoyed themselves at their Past Players and Officials function on Sunday.

Former premiership player and coach Mick Malthouse was the guest speaker for the day. 

The newly-inducted AFL Hall Of Famer spoke about his start in football as a junior and his early playing days at St Kilda before being cleared to Richmond where he would go on to play in the 1980 premiership.

Malthouse then recounted how he got his start in coaching with Footscray and his success with West Coast in the early 1990’s prior to his move back to Victoria and long stint in charge of the Collingwood Football club where he led them to multiple grand finals and the 2010 premiership.

A couple of the more rowdy audience members copped a trademark Malthouse spray which kept everyone in line.

Malthouse also answered some audience questions including how he handled the infamous ‘Rat Pack’ at Collingwood and his often frosty relationship with the media.

Following Malthouse, the club announced the Top Roo recipient which turned out to be ‘recipients’ as Michelle Rolton and Penelope Dennis were presented with the 2019 award. 

Rolton and Dennis have been involved at the SFC for many years, helping out with fundraising, volunteering at the club and running the annual South debutant ball.

The pair were visibly emotional and lost for words but thanked the club and accepted the congratulations from the previous ‘Top Roo’ winners in attendance.

The day was also honouring South’s 1989 A Grade side that won the premiership despite being in last spot with four minor rounds to go. The Roos picked themselves up to third, won the preliminary final and booked a spot in the decider against Central.

Central had been the top side all season, finishing on top of the ladder, but it was a different story on the day as the Roos crushed the Pies by more than 120 points. Peter Johns starred with nine goals.

Joining Johns in attendance from that side included Matthew Daddow, Tony Gepp and Anthony Harman just to name a few. They were a part of the 180-plus people packed into the South club rooms on Sunday.

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