AS THE Kilcunda-Bass Football Netball Club enters its 60th year, club legend Dave Brown has been honoured for his service that goes right back to the beginning.
Dave and his wife Jan, were recognised for their years of service at the Full-On Footy Tour last Tuesday.
When Kilcunda and Bass merged in 1957, a 13 year-old Dave was running the boundary on Saturdays.
A Thirds side was launched the next year and Dave started his footy career that would see him play over 400 games for the club.
He played 200 Senior games and later coached the Reserves, before continuing his involvement as a long-time committee member and volunteer.
Jan has also played an important role for over 50 years, volunteering in the canteen and as a member of the ladies auxiliary.
The Browns are part of the furniture at the club, with Dave a life member since the 70s and Jan since the 80s.
They got together at a footy club barbecue and have been together since, raising four children.
Dave said he couldn’t have done any of his work at the footy club without Jan.
“We’ve done everything together and we’ve both had a good relationship,” he said.
“Our four kids used to call the footy club the fifth child.
“Over the years it’s been about all the good people you meet and all the volunteers, and all the wise heads over the years who’ve helped build these clubrooms, which has been a great asset for the footy club.
“There’ve been a lot of hard workers, you make friends and it’s all good fun. You only get out of it what you put into it.”
Dave has seen some good years and bad years at the club over 60 years.
“One of my highlights personally was seeing these rooms being built, and the era with Terry Tate when we won a premiership in ‘69 and I played in that,” he said.
“We’ve had some good players come here and the three premierships (2011-2013) was something else.”
The couple are looking forward to the Panthers’ new era in the West Gippsland Competition and the return of favourite son, Brent Macaffer.
And they will continue to help out at the footy club and wouldn’t have it any other way.
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