Jack started playing league football with Saints in 1964/65
under Coach Billy Roe BEM, at a late age by today’s standards, being brought about by limited opportunities, having
been brought up on Melville
Very limited transport was available to come to Darwin in those days, however, when Jack got the opportunity he would pay his own
fare to Darwin to
play. A few years later when Jack and his family moved to Darwin he became a regular playing in nine grand finals and the winning 1965/66, 1966/67 and 1971/72 premierships. Being
a rugged utility, at home anywhere on the field, Jack missed very few games through injury.
Jack successfully represented the NT against Queensland in 1974 and also represented the N.T.F.L. in 1969 in the North Australia Carnival in Mt. Isa Queensland, which the N.T.F.L. won. Jack was appointed Club captain and coach in 1974 but due to Cyclone Tracy his ambition on coaching a successful Saints premiership
team was short lived.
All seven of Jack’s sons were regular players and to the end of season 2002/03 have amassed a combine total of 1000 NTFL first
grade games and 41 Premierships with his beloved Saints. (44 including his 3)
His son Michael played 190 games and kicked 143 goals with
A.F.L. club Essendon to the end of the AFL 2001 season. Probably a hi-light of Jack’s life was to see all seven of his
sons play league football in the same side in the 1988/89 Preliminary Final
Awarded life membership of St Marys in 1973 and N.T.F.L. life membership