Footy stalwart continues service to club off field

By DONNA HOWLETT

THE Brighton Football Club is extremely proud to share the following information about one of our most respected and valued members of the club, Ziggy Harezma.

The 58-year-old can be found in our trainer’s room every training night and game day, assisting our players with pre and post-match treatment.

Ziggy took up this volunteer position eight years ago, following a remarkable career in footy that saw him play more than 400 Senior matches with New Norfolk and Mangalore (now Brighton) that saw him retire at the age of 41 and win a Premiership title in his final game.

His successful football career kicked of with New Norfolk back in the seventies when he played for the U17s, U19s, reserves and seniors, totalling an impressive 170 games. He later captained the Senior side, was named runner-up in the Best and Fairest twice, played in two state sides and five southern representative games, and was honoured with life membership with the New Norfolk Football Club.

After a solid 10 years at New Norfolk, Ziggy was keen for a new challenge and ventured down the valley to Mangalore where he played more than 200 games. His string of achievements continued with a Best and Fairest award, a Senior Premiership title in 1985 and a Life Membership in 1989. Ziggy was especially proud to coach his son Andrew in the Colts team, and his wife Julie was always assisting him in the canteen.

Kempton Football Club has also received the services of this talented footballer in recent decades. Ziggy coached the club for two years during the early nineties when he pulled on the boots for one season. He also coached a Southern Colts Representative team in four games with two wins to his credit.

Ziggy was fortunate to have a number of notable coaches throughout his sporting career of which Ricky Graham, Darell Baldock, Peter Chisnell and Geoff Hill had the greatest influence. He was also lucky to play with, and against, several big names in Tassie footy, including the likes of Peter Hudson, Rod Olsen, John Clennet, Dennis Munari, John Emin, Hedley Thompson, Darell Sutton and Darrell Dunlop, and recalls the challenging rovers he played against were Paul Sproule, Neville Styles and Kevin King.

Currently, Ziggy devotes many hours of his time attending to the needs of players at the club. It doesn’t appear he will be retiring from his job any time soon as he only recently attended a sports medicine course to further update his qualifications.

However, his proudest role to date perhaps involves taking his five-year-old grandson Patrick along to Auskick on a Sunday morning and teaching him the ropes.

Ziggy thoroughly enjoys getting back to New Norfolk to attend reunions where he and his former footy mates share stories of the ‘good ole days’. He is looking forward to the reunion of past players and members of the Mangalore/Brighton Football Club that is being organised for our last home game of the season on Saturday August 13.

If you are a past player or member and are interested in attending the reunion contact Leigh Matthews on 0422371021 or Donna Howlett on 0419 332 996 or email jbmehowlett@bigpond.com to provide your contact details.

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