The AFLSE Commission is pleased to announce the induction of Michael (Mick) O’Rourke of the Rye Football Netball Club as a Life Member of the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League.
The AFLSE Commission approved the nomination in 2019 however, due to COVID the presentation was delayed.
AFLSE Region Manager, Will Dakis made the Life Member Announcement at yesterday’s club Sponsors luncheon in front of family and club sponsors.
Mick commenced his 57-year association with the MPNFL and the Rye Football Netball Club as an under 17’s player for Rye in 1964. Mick is still an active member of the club holding the current position of Club President, a position he has held for 20 years.
Mick has had an outstanding 36 years as senior office-bearer volunteering in various roles at the club including general committee, Treasurer, Secretary, Tribunal Advocate, Shire liaison and Junior Club Delegate.
1969 – 1979 & 1996 – 2001: General committee
1980 – 1995: Vice President
2002 – 2021: President.
A Life Member of the Rye FNC, Mick also played 342 club games, (113 senior), played in one senior premiership, and was involved in six reserves premierships, two as a player, one as captain/coach, and three as a coach. He also won two reserves’ best and fairest awards.
Mick has been our Rye Sports and Social Club representative for the last 46 years and plays a pivotal role, with the successful running of the annual Rye Gift in January each year.
Mick joins Nick Appleford as the second MPNFL Life Member from the Rye Football Netball Club.