Cats join the Hall of Fame
THIRTEEN Gympie Cats have been inducted into the Sunshine Coast Australian Football Hall of Fame, and one, the late John McMullen, has been given Legend status.
The presentations were handed out at an awards night at the Maroochy RSL as part of the Sunshine Coast Football’s 40-year Anniversary.
The league inducted 130 players, coaches, umpires and volunteers into the Hall of Fame.
Founding father of the Gympie Football Club John McMullen, who passed away in 1993, was given the highest honour, Legend status.
McMullen, a lifelong Geelong supporter, arranged a public meeting in 1969 to establish the Gympie.
He was a player, coach, president, secretary, treasurer, and ran the Gympie pre-season competition for the league every year. He was also a league delegate and football operations manager. The clubhouse at the Six Mile Oval is known as the John McMullen Complex and he is a life member of the Cats.
Other Cats inducted into the Hall of Fame were: Kevin Andrew and wife Val, Bob Baldry, Michael Crough, Roy Groom, John McMullen, Angus Nevin, Ned Piggott, and the Warren family – Ray, Helen, Dean and Glenn.
Family spokesperson Glenn Warren said it was a great honour.
Kevin and Val Andrews have given a lifetime of service to the Gympie Cats since the early 1970s.
Kevin was a player and a great worker running the scoreboard, while Val’s work with fundraising and running the canteen has been a fantastic effort.
The late Bob Baldry was a founding member of the club. He helped build the clubhouse and his dying wish was to be buried with a Gympie premiership jumper.
Michael Crough played 250 games for the Cats over 22 seasons. His work as an Auskick co-ordinater kept the game alive in Gympie.
Roy Groom is a stalwart of the club. He umpired 180 VFA games and was involved with the Cats from 1988 on the committee, as president and umpire.
Angus Nevin played for NSW in the Teal Cup and moved to Rainbow Beach in 1990. He has won five senior best and fairests for the Cats and was runner-up five times. He also won the league best and fairest three times.
Ned Piggott won two flags as a player coach for the Cats, played more than 300 games and won three best and fairest trophies.
Dean Warren made his senior debut at 14 for the Cats and went on to represent Queensland at both senior and junior level. He won the prestigious Grogan medal in 1993 while playing for Kedron Grange and is now the national participation officer for the AFL.
Glenn Warren also made his senior debut for the Cats at 14 and has played a remarkable 500 games for the club. He has played in three premierships and is a life member.
Helen Warren, the beauty of Warren family, has been a 25-year volunteer for the club specialising in canteen work and fundraising.
Ray Warren has been on the committee for 30 years and played more than 200 games, retiring from the game at age 48. He was instrumental in building the clubhouse, mortgaging his own home to finance the project.