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2017 Season Launch_3

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2017 Season Launch_1

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Wilko

 A life member of the football club, Bryan Wilkinson has stepped down from the Board (although we are guessing that come the 2017 ‘100 club’ he will be back in a hands-on do-it-all role).

Originally from Barwon Heads, he and Nola, both Geelong addicts, arrived on the coast in the late seventies. We understand his football profile preceded him and offers aplenty for plenty were in the pipeline. And why not? He is an ex Geelong ruckman with a ‘Seconds’ and ‘Thirds’ premiership under the belt. He played along side and against some greats of the game and to this day attends each reunion.

Unfortunately his knees, which along with a hip or two have since been replaced, restricted a career in VFL Senior ranks and he settled for the country life in Mt Gambier. There he put together 138 senior games in a Melbourne jumper at West Gambier, including a premiership in 1971 and a B&F in 1972 (when he also won a basketball MVP).

On the coast, his playing days behind him, the Blue and White hoops of Broadbeach attracted his attention not as a player, but as a supporter and as a club to foster son Toby’s talents.

In 1980/81 his pedigree resulted in Board membership and in 1983 he was appointed Broadbeach’s representative on the GCAFL management committee. He continued that role until 1988 having also been Broadbeach Chairman of Selectors for the club’s first senior premiership in 1987. He remained on the Board until 1993 fulfilling various roles for the seniors, and team management for Toby’s junior sides during which time you can be certain his sense of integrity cost Toby a B&F or two. 1994-95 he took a spell to support Toby at the Darkside.

Back to the cattery in 1996 he served tirelessly until 2008, and again when the call went out in 2011, he put his hand up.  

Besides being a faithful and financial supporter since 1980 (Top Cat, IOC etc), Bryan has just about done everything around the footy club at one time or another, and he remains one of two Custodians of the Hall of Fame.  Being a ‘smart’ big man, the only role he has avoided is coaching, although his in-depth conversations with coaches over the years, have, we are pretty sure, had effect on game days. As have his post game animated exchanges with club ruckmen.

These days he is still at most games be they home or away, takes in his grand children’s games with pride, and observes Toby and daughter-in-law Sil’s generational inputs with sage satisfaction.  Moreover he continues his favourite football interest of evaluating young talent in club junior teams and Queensland rep sides, for which he’s been known to travel interstate. A new face in senior ranks often triggers descriptions of junior performances and a rating, most of which prove spot on.

His virtual 36 continuous years of service have involved financial and time commitments on an impressive scale. We’re guestimating somewhere in the region of 1000+ meetings of one sort or another; 500+ social events/fundraisers; around 1700+ games of junior and senior footy; 8000 raffle tickets; some 40 doz bottles of red and incalculable schooners of Carlton Mid.

The Club owes you Wilko. You are right up there in the pantheon of this club. Thank you. 
We need more Big Fellas.

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2016 B&F_1

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2016 B&F_2

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2016 B&F_3

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Annual Ball 4

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Annual Ball 3

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Annual Ball 2

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