Friends remember a great football talent
FRIENDS of one of Ballarat’s finest football talents, Neil Trezise, yesterday paid tribute to him as a humble man who never sought publicity for his deeds.Mr Trezise died on Sunday aged 75 after suffering a heart attack last week.Recruited from Redan, the man they called Nipper was best known for his 185 VFL games for Geelong between 1949 and 1959.He captained the club for 19 games and played in back-to-back premierships in 1951-52.Mr Trezise was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 1964. He represented the people of Geelong for 28 years and served in a number of opposition frontbench positions before holding the position of youth, sport and recreation minister from 1982 to 1992. Less known was his dedication to the Burrumbeet Park and Windermere Racing Club, where he would have attended a committee meeting tonight.President Melville Charles said Mr Trezise was a “great supporter” of the club, despite remaining in Geelong after his playing days.”He used to attend all the working bees up until the last one . . . he’d always turn up with a rake and a fork,” he said.Mr Trezise became a life member of the racing club earlier this year, and owned 1986 Burrumbeet Cup winner Dream Ruler.VFL/AFL historian Col Hutchinson, who worked with Mr Trezise in the Geelong Football Club history and tradition committee described him as one of the club’s “greatest contributors”.Mr Hutchinson said Mr Trezise was a lively footballer.”He was a very smart rover who had a little touch of mongrel, but was also very skilful and courageous,” he said.Mr Trezise had been known as “Titchy” during his Ballarat days.Former Geelong teammate Bill McMaster still remembers when legendary coach Reg Hickey changed it to Nipper during Mr Trezise’s first practise match.”Reg Hickey looked at the bench and didn’t know his name and he said `Nipper, you can go on in the forward pocket’,” he said.Former Ballarat West MLA Paul Jenkins, who entered politics after Mr Trezise’s retirement, said he was a “genuine politician”.”It didn’t matter what party you were in, he was a friend of everyone,” he said.Mr Trezise is survived by wife Joan, daughter Helen and son Ian, who is the current Geelong MLA.
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