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Pigeons seeking gatekeepers

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May 25, 2017

Phil Stevenson and Malcolm Parry at the paying entrance to J C Lowe Oval last Saturday against Albury.

Malcolm Parry has never played football. But he loves helping out on the gate for admission to Yarrawonga football and netball games and the clubs want more people like him.

The 75-year-old lives in Healesville and volunteers every home game to be on the gate for a couple of hours.

“When ‘Fev’ came up here to play, I thought I’d come up and watch a couple of games. I enjoyed it so much, the people are so friendly and so I volunteered to help out on the gate,” the retired marine engineer told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.

Mal, who played rugby union in the UK before moving to Australia at age 30 years, was of course, talking about champion Carlton spearhead and Yarrawonga premiership player Brendan Fevola.

“Mal really supports us. He’s a great fellow,” club admin., marketing, memberships and events manager Penne Tregenza said. “He always follows us, he goes to Albury for example and is always here.”

Last Saturday against Albury, Mal was on the gate for two hours with local legend Phil Stevenson.  

Yarrawonga Football and Netball Club stalwart Robert Tait is seeking more gatekeepers. “Today we had Phil Stevenson from Shepparton and Mal Parry from Healesville,” he said.

“We’d like some more locals put their hands up to volunteer - just for two hours every now and then at our home games.”

The Saturday times required to man the gates are 9.00am to 11.00am, 11.00am to 1.00pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

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