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Barassi's emotional tribute to father
Why does Kevin Darmody of Wodonga Football Club seem to know so much about football? Would it be his country background?
I’ve done some digging and found out that Kevin Darmody, now 80 years of age, has been a staunch member of Wodonga Football Club – the Bulldogs - for decades. Over the years his son played for the club and Kevin was also involved in recruiting. No wonder he knows so much about football. People like Kevin are the lifeblood of great football clubs.Ron
Ronald Dale Barassi is a legend for many reasons; incredible player, revolutionary
coach, enduring media personality. For more than 50 years he has been one of the
most influential people in the game, and the shadow he casts is matched by few,
Even without meaning to, Barassi had changed the game without taking to the field. His father had been a premiership player at Melbourne, before being killed in action at Tobruk in World War II. Determined to follow in his footsteps at the Demons, Barassi Jnr had to bypass the zoning system of the day - which would have seen him sent to either Collingwood or Carlton.
To ensure he played with the Demons, Melbourne went to the VFL and successfully lobbied for a Father-Son rule. When the time came for Barassi to be signed up, Melbourne picked him up from Preston Scouts in 1952 and he became only the second player under the new rule.
Born in 1936, Ron Barassi’s biography is nothing short of inspirational.
In 1952, Barassi was picked up by the Melbourne Club (from the Preston Scouts). This in itself was ground breaking, as there was a zoning system in place that meant he should have been picked up by Collingwood or Carlton. Instead, the Father-Son rule came into existence, and, like his father before him (a fallen WW II soldier), Ron took the field for Melbourne – a premiership player at that.
Coach Norm Smith, who played alongside Ron’s father, became Barassi’s champion and mentor. In 1957, owing to Barassi’s obvious talent, he was chosen to vice-captain Melbourne. Within three years, Barassi was appointed captain. Under these honours, he helped take Melbourne to six premierships.
Ron's speech was excellent and he was very obliging on the day with answering questions
and signing autographs
Ageing Positively Festival
Ron was terrific to the crowd, pleasant and extremely easy to speak with. He was very personable and the crowd loved him.
Bone Growth Foundation
Very well spoken and inspiring. Many of our guests felt motivated on a personal
and professional basis.
Melbourne Airport Travel Lodge
The entire 'This Is Your Life' team were delighted to meet Ron and we were so pleased he helped make Sister Trish Franklin's tribute an extra special success - The look on her face when Ron walked though the door said it all!
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