Bob Craig a Hall of Famer

July 12, 2017

The 2017 Ovens and Murray Football Netball League inductees including Jenny Parish (front left) representing her husband Les ‘Salty’ Parish and Bob Craig (back right). Photo courtesy The Border Mail.

Yarrawonga’s 2006 premiership coach Bob Craig (left) was inducted into the Ovens and Murray Football Netball League Hall of Fame last week.

Yarrawonga premiership coach of 2006, Bob Craig, was admitted to the Ovens and Murray Football Netball League Hall of Fame at a special league dinner in the SS&A Club Albury on July 5.

“It was absolutely the best move the club ever did to get Craig to Yarrawonga,” the longest serving president ever of Yarrawonga, Glenn Brear, told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“He put a whole new attitude into players’ minds and they worked really hard. In 2006 he’d got good players and we had good people at the club.
“The good work he did as coach from 2003 to 2006 enabled us to be where we are today.”
In his playing days, Bob played 223 games with Wodonga, was a premiership player, a Life Member and coached O and M to three flags.
“My first 100 games was as a forward, but my last 123 was in the backline picking up the talls,” he told the Yarrawonga Chronicle of his playing career.
The highly regarded player and coach emphasised to Yarrawonga players the most important and satisfying result is a premiership which he said can be achieved through hard work.   
“I’m very honoured to think that someone nominated me for a start and that the O and M Panel would think the nomination was worthy of induction, and for the O and M Board to ratify it was just fantastic,” he told the Yarrawonga Chronicle of his Hall of Fame recognition.
“I was pleased to be able to go to Yarrawonga. I put in two clearance applications to play at Yarrawonga in the 1970s  when Billy Salmon was coach and Leo Burke president but got knocked back and then to come and coach was really satisfying.”
Bob said he became aware just how important the footy club was to the community of Yarrawonga and the level of support to a club which he had not seen previously.
“So to have some success as a team was super and how the community reacted was also super.”  

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