Hampton Park Football Club

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — It was great to attend the Hampton Park Football Club for its 300 Club sponsorship function.

The guest of honour was Jim ‘Frosty’ Miller, a Victorian Football Association legend who kicked 883 goals for the Dandenong Football Club, the Redlegs. MC David Spencer described him as a deadly accurate shot at goal. Miller was full-forward in the Dandenong Team of the Century. David owned up to having been a victim of Frosty’s brilliance, with Frosty kicking 14 goals on him in one match. At 70 years of age, Frosty looked in great nick; he was not far from his playing weight. It is terrific to have him as a local resident in Narre Warren South.

Football has certainly come a long way. Frosty recounted receiving a pair of socks for a best on ground performance. Also present was life member Ken Reedy and his delightful wife, Joy, doyens of the Hampton Park community.

They have done so much to support clubs and community groups. It was terrific to see them there, and for the Hampton Park Football Club to acknowledge their long and special contribution to the club.

Many members of the victorious 1997 grand final side were at hand to recount old stories, including Shane and Mick O’Brien, Dale Jenkins, Brad Williamson, Lee Bomford, Chris Hussey, Matt Egan and Darren Arben. I also had the pleasure of meeting the young, strapping William ‘Bill’ Thomas, who I sponsor. Bill was very impressive — he started at full-forward and was involved in the first goal of the game.

I commend the President, John Nunan, and other Hampton Park Football Club committee members — Craig Seers, Mick O’Brien, Don Amos and Melissa O’Brien — for putting on a great day.

With the coaches revving up the players, the celebratory singing of the club songs and the cheers of the Hampton Park community, it was a fantastic day to be at the football. Don’t you just love the footy? Go, Redlegs!