Two events recently celebrated all that’s good about the MFC Past and Present Players’ and Officials’ Association. First was the Ron Barassi Dinner, held at Queen’s Hall Parliament House on the night of Friday 24 May. One of the more than 100 in attendance at this special event was Spike Harris, who gave his overview of the occasion:
‘This was a great night as usual, with guest speakers Sam Lane, former Demon Alistair Nicholson, Hon Bruce Atkinson MLC, and the night was compered by Nick McCallum. Entertainment was by Andrea Lees, Peter Sullivan, and Mike Brady with a special music moment by MFC hero John Townsend and his “uke” singing “We are Australian”. The Barassi Medal was awarded to Steven Smith for his contribution to the MFC, MCC and the sporting community in general.’
On Sunday 26 May, the Round 10 match day function took place in the Harrison Room, with a special celebration honouring Spike Harris for his 30 years of service to the Melbourne Football Club. With roles ranging from team manager at all levels, through to providing player accommodation and extensive service as treasurer and Secretary of the Association, Spike – along with the entire Harris family – has seen and done it all in his time in red and blue. Addresses were given by MFC President Glen Bartlett and Association Chairman Rod Grinter, with presentations acknowledging Spike’s wonderful milestone, as well as his recent awarding of Life Membership of the Association.
Thank you and congratulations, Spike!