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Life Members - a Magnificent 7

Clockwise from top left: Steve Ring, Tony Cruise. Tom Simpson, Nick McArdle, JP Whitbread, Bede Noonan, Michael Doble

Life membership is the club’s highest award available to recognize the meritorious contribution of worthy and deserving individuals to SKOBFC. Life members have a general attitude and demeanour that reflects a dedication to the values of SKOBFC.

Criteria to receive life membership are 200 games or 15 years of service to SKOBFC as a player, official, volunteer and/or a committee member. We now have 60 life members (of which 7 have passed) and by the way 45 were at Elsternwick park on Grand Final Day supporting our senior team showing their continued support and loyalty. It is quite fitting that in 1970 the 1st SKOBFC life member was Jack Douglas, after whom the SKOBFC senior best & fairest and the Presentation evening awards night is named.

This year 7 individuals were acknowledged as new SKOBFC life members.

Nick McArdle- starting in 2006 in the u’19’s, nick has played for 14 continuous years and played his 200th game in Rd 18 this year. Was a 2018 premiership player with the premier thirds and joins his dad as a life member

Tom Simpson- 175 games over 17 seasons, tom is a premiership and B&F player in the u’19’s and seniors, dual premiership player with the masters, VAFA representative, VAFA medallist in rep footy and finals footy. He also joins his father as a life member.

John Paul Whitbread- 82 games over 8 seasons, 8 years on committee and is currently vice president and has been a major club sponsor for 20 years.

Bede Noonan- 80 games over 7 seasons, 5 years on committee including 4 as treasurer, 1 year as chairman of selectors for the seniors in premier A grade and 21 years as a major club sponsor.

Tony Cruise- 76 games over 7 seasons, 8 years on committee including 5 as treasurer and was under 19’s team manager for 1 year.

Stephen Ring-171 games over 14 years, 1 year as an official for the under 19’s and 17 years as a major club sponsor.

Michael Doble-105 games (claimed by the president to be good games) over 10 seasons, team manager and official for 4 years and 3 years on committee including the last 2 years as SKOBFC president.

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