– Big Crowd At Gus’ Funeral

A Smiling Gus McKernan

There was a big turnout of friends and relations at former committeeman, Gus McKernan’s funeral held at Toongabbie yesterday.

He succumbed to pancreatic cancer last Friday following a six month battle with the illness.

Many of the gathering were from the Pennant Hills Football Club where Gus was the popular patron.  He is the second committeeman and Penno supporter to pass in recent years and follows a champion supporter of our Society, Bill Carey.

The Society’s annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday 20 March at Wests Magpies.  Documentation for the meeting, including the annual report are currently being compiled and expected to be distributed to members shortly.

The Society is seeking more members for the committee and justifies this in the annual report which outlines the massive tasks it is likely to take on, subject to getting more people on board to help out.

One job some of the committee are working on are updating club honour boards.  Some of these have already been posted on the Society’s website but with new information we hope to revise these and also add the details of other NSW clubs

John Addison, the Society’s treasurer, has also taken on providing GPS co-ordinates for the grounds in the state which have been used for Australian Football over the years.  Melbournite, Roger Dunkley is searching out material to add to the ‘grounds’ database which looks likely to develop into a large and interesting catalogue of fields within NSW.

– Gus McKernan

A long term member of our committee, Gus McKernan has died.

He suffered for the past six months from pancreatic cancer and finally succumbed to this dastardly ailment today, Friday 23 February 2018;  he was 73.

Born and raised in Euroa, Victoria he played footy for the local side and of course fell in love with the game.

Upon leaving school he successfully entered the Australian naval cadets and spent three wonderful years at HMAS Creswell.

Unfortunately he did not finish his course and moved to Sydney where he took on an appointment with the Commonwealth Bank at Windsor.  This led to moves in his job and while he played rugby league at Windsor in 1965 he pulled on the boots for St George, mostly in reserve grade.  Gus later became an outstanding insurance agent and in fact advertised his business in the Sydney Football Record.

Later he moved to the north west of Sydney and got himself involved in the burgeoning Pennant Hills club and never left.

He was an absolute dyed in the woods Penno supporter and of the Sydney Football League.  He often boasted that he attended every Sydney grand final from 1967 and also the last 42 Phelan Medal nights, apart from 2017 (which in fact turned out to be a great night) because he was disappointed with the direction Sydney football had taken.  Womens’ football was not his favourite subject but nevertheless he was one of footy’s great supporters.  Always at a VFL/AFL grand final and a member of the Sydney Swans since their move to Sydney in 1982, he was true blue footy.

At one stage we even had a segment on the website named after him: “Ask Gus” and boy did it create some controversy.  You can see him in the attached pic.

Gus was not one to come to our Croydon Park rooms to work, more to talk and read any of the new material that had arrived, so we gave him that job: ‘chief reader’.  I don’t know if that worked but he took on the job as treasurer for a couple of years and loved overseeing the Bunnings Bar-B-Qs the Society held, they were always of course not to conflict with his attendance at Wednesdays Races.  He was a member of the Hawkesbury Race Club and a perennial attender at the Grafton Cup.

We have lost another good bloke;  someone who enjoyed life and loved footy.  Rest in peace Gus.

– Committee Re-elected

A reasonable turnout at Magpie Sports yesterday saw those on the committee who stood for election, re-appointed to their positions.

The include:

  • President                      –       Ian Granland
  • Vice President             –       Paul Macpherson
  • Secretary                      –        Heather White
  • Treasurer                      –        John Addison
  • Committee Persons –        Jenny Hancock, Tom Mahon, Ian Wright & Gus McKernan

A comprehensive annual report was tabled and the president moved through the document explaining its contents.  He also commended the members of the committee for their commitment and contribution over the past 12 months.  He also said that while four persons stood as Committee there was provision for the addition of an extra person with whom he had discussions with in recent weeks.

Following the meeting a Special General Meeting was held to approve the changes to the constitution.  These now bring the organisation in line with the updated requirements of the Incorporated Associations Act and the rules and guidelines set by the Department of Fair Trading.  A copy of this had been posted on this website.

After the formalities, attendees were invited to inspect the facilities in the Society’s room at Magpie Sports.  This is where a photograph was taken of some and include from left: Mark Spooner, Tom Mahon (standing),  Ian Allan (son of Bill),  Ian Granland, Bill Allan, Jim McSweeney, Ian Wright.