A select few have achieved life membership to our club. It is awarded to people who have consistently given their time in a significant role for a period of no less than ten years.
To say that Michael is passionate about footy, might be a bit of an understatement. Growing up in Melbourne, his grandmother was an avid Richmond supporter. Family rumour has it that his 3rd word was ‘Tigers’.
Fastforward to 2000, and Michael was driving past Figtree Oval one day with his boys, when he saw some kids at AFL training. Matt & Chris both started Auskick that season, and within a week Michael was assisting the Auskick coach at training, and his journey at Figtree Australian Football Club had begun (even though we were Western Kangaroos back then).
Over the ensuing years, Michael has had a variety of roles at Figtree, and within the league:
2000 – 2002 , Assistant Auskick Coach
2003, U10s Coach
2004, U10s Ass Coach, and lead the charge to ‘Save Figtree Oval’ from a soccer development
2005 – 2006, Junior Club President, and various assistant coaching roles
2007 – 2009, various roles within the League Committee eg Marketing, and Strategic Planning, also Webmaster for Figtree during some of that time
Mid 2009 – started planning the beginnings of our Senior Club
2010 – 2011 – Senior Club President (even played 11 games in 2010 before a career-ending injury); he was also instrumental during this period in combining our Junior and Senior Clubs into one club … Figtree Australian Football Club
2012 – 2014 – member of the Board of AFL South Coast; during these years Michael continued to attend Figtree club meetings and had roles within Sponsorship/Marketing and Ground Development (including getting our new Toilet Block built)
2013 – Michael was awarded Life Membership of FAFC
2016 – Football Operations Manager, and Coach of our Senior Division 2 team
Summarising, yes Michael is passionate about footy, but more importantly in providing a great club environment for our kids, youth and adults now too, to grow and develop their character, and of course, to play the game.
Congratulations to Peter Veerhius on becoming the fourth person to join the Figtree Kangaroos Life Membership club.
Peter has played a major part in our club for over ten years by coaching and assisting a number of our junior teams. His sons Kyle and Leroy have played all their junior football at Figtree.
Peter was also instrumental in the growth of senior football at Figtree. He captained our Reserve Grade side to our first AFL South Coast premiership in 2011.
Thank you for all you have done for our club Peter. We greatly appreciate you.