Lions secure Essendon great

By Campaspe News

THE Rochester Lions fundraiser for local children has been boosted by Rochester’s most decorated AFL footballer joining the panel of speakers on the night.

When Rochester won the Bendigo Football League premiership in 1964, a youngster named John Williams starred.

The following year Williams joined Essendon where he played 161 games.

A half-back flanker, Williams finished second in the Bombers’ 1971 best and fairest award and the following year was equal third in the Brownlow Medal.

Such was his playing form in 1972, he was selected in the Victorian team at the Perth Carnival alongside names such as Kevin Sheedy, Keith Greig and Leigh Matthews.

After the carnival, Williams was named in the All Australian team.

In 1974, Williams transferred to Collingwood and went on to play 35 games before joining Brunswick in the VFA as captain, taking the team to its last finals appearance.

Other panellists on the night include national sports newsreader Rochester’s Brad McEwen, ‘The Running Man’, David Eadie, who conquered the torturous Death Valley Run in the US, and John Forbes, father of the soon to open Rochester Sports Museum.

The proceeds from the fundraising evening will go towards a Rochester Lions project for the support of two local children Felicity, 3, and Eliza, 2, who face serious health challenges.

It’s on at the Rochester Bowls Club on July 4 from 7.30pm. Tickets cost $20 and supper is included.

Door prizes, raffles and an auction of donated goods will also feature on the evening.

Tickets are available from Rochester Newsagency, Mitre 10 and Sportspower.