Congratulations to Reserves Coach Thomas Black on playing his 200th game this weekend. A fantastic achievement for a fantastic member of our Marcellin community!!
Congratulations on 200 Games brother! What a massive achievement that cannot be understated.
As a former premiership-teammate, occasional member of the “blackline”, fellow resident of the bat-cave, and most importantly friend of yours for nearly 20 years, I am truly so proud of you.
Many could write for days about your determination on the field, your addiction to Voltaren, your silky left foot, and your refusal to come off the field even though seriously injured and hampering the team, however, I thought I’d talk simply about your character.
Oft-lauded as the “GOAT” by current and former teammates at Marcellin, I now truly understand why this is. Your efforts to create a sense of belonging at the club cannot be made light of. You take the time to get to know all players, making them feel welcome whether its their first game at the club or if they have been around as long as JB.
You go out of your way to create thoughtful moments for your teammates and appreciate everyone’s contributions. It can be as simple as shouting a couple of “dogs” after the game for the boys or as obscure as getting everyone to sign a themed children’s colouring book to recognise a milestone game.
You are unique in your methods but universal in your consideration and kindness to your peers.
I am looking forward to and consider it one of the highest honours being able to chair you off the field on Saturday. I might even do Fitzy and have a shower with you after the game even though I didn’t play…
Congratulations again. Play once, play well.
It has been an honour to be a teammate and friend of Tom’s across his 14 seasons at MOCFC. Anyone who has been at the club during this time could attest to the incredible impact he has had on the football club and the legacy he will leave behind. Across this week, many of Tom’s impressive accomplishments have been rightfully celebrated, so I’m going to take things in a slightly different direction. To commemorate Tom’s career goal kicking tally, here are 10 things about the man/myth/legend you may not know:
Congratulations once again legend. Looking forward to having a beer and discussing the many items that didn’t make the list!