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Recognising the sporting attributes of Jack McNamara.

Mayor of Queanbeyan Tim Overall unveiled a plaque in honour of one of the Cities greatest sportsman last Saturday – the plaque recognising the sporting attributes of Jack McNamara.

Jack was an awesome cricketer and AFL player in addition to being one of the districts most recognised sports administrators over many decades.   The Tigers recognised his achievements by way of naming the newly renovated grandstand after the champion sportsperson.

Mayor Overall attended the Tigers NEAFL Match v Belconnen which was preceded by a small function recognising those who assisted the Club in voluntary or supplied in kind provisions for the upgrade of the sporting facility.

MC Paul Walshe speaking in front of the Tigers Appreciation Sign to Contributors of the Grandstand renovations

MC Paul Walshe, Mayor Tim Overall and Joe Laposta, Manager Development - AFL NSW ACT

Also in attendance was Joe Laposta, representing AFL Development.   Both gentlemen spoke highly of the Tigers efforts to improve the sporting facility and in particular made mention of the fantastic effort of volunteers and businesses in the district that contributed approx $200,000 worth of in kind service to the facility.   Most importantly many former players assisted in the project including Project and Site Managers Peter Bowyer and Dennis Quade.

Mayor Overall also assisted with the unveiling of the Tigerettes 2013 Premiership flag after they demolished ADFA in the curtain raiser match.

Jack McNamara Stand

The signage depicting The Jack McNamara Stand

The signage depicting The Jack McNamara Stand

Jack McNamara was a fearless, durable and brilliant ruckman for the Tigers who provided an enormous workload both on and off the field as a player and official of the organisation.

He arrived in Queanbeyan in 1933 and married Nell Mason – a daughter of the Clubs Founding President – Wal Mason – and so – was steeped in the tradition of the Tigers Club from 1933 as a player, coach, administrator and father figure to all and sundry through to his passing in 2007.

He was an outstanding footballer being a valuable contributor to the triple premiership teams of 1939, 1940 and 1941 His playing career extended from 1933 through to 1950 during which time he participated in well over 200 games for Queanbeyan as well as being an ACT Representative player for over a decade.   As an Administrator he filled many Executive positions with distinction including President (1960 – 1964).

Jack McNamara was recognised with Life Membership in 1958, was a founding member of the Clubs elite 100 Club formed in 1982 and further recognised in 1988 with inclusion in the Tigers Wall of Fame.

On the 31 May 2014 – the 90th Year of the Tigers Club – he was further recognised by way of the grandstand facility at Dairy Farmers Park in the confines of the Margaret Donoghoe Sporting Complex being named the:

Jack McNamara Stand – Our Father Figure.

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