By jingo, he’s Top Dog!
Tuesday, 6th August, 2013
By Darrin Manuel
North’s past and current players paid tribute to one of the club’s most popular volunteers yesterday as Denis Watts was named Top Dog for 2013.
Watts received the club’s highest honour at the Oldtimers luncheon after giving two decades of service to the Bulldogs.
Although he has filled a number of roles throughout the years, Watts has done most of his work running the club’s housie and raffles and serving as timekeeper during all senior, women’s and under 18 matches.
He first joined the blue and white in 1982 as coach of North’s under 15 cricket team, but finally “signed on the dotted line” and joined the football club in 1983.
He said it was one of the best decisions he ever made.
“My life was changed by that decision... I thought ‘if I’m going to support them in the summer, then I’d better support them in the winter as well.’
“It’s just an amazing group of people and I love them all... this club really has something a bit special.”
Watts received a rousing ovation when he was announced as Top Dog, and he said he wished to thank everyone for making his time at the club so enjoyable.
“It was something I didn’t expect, and I have a deep appreciation for it,” he said.
“I’m very humbled, this is the most fantastic day of the year.”