Long time VFL/AFL stalwart, George Mather turned 90 on December 30 2018.
George, never one lost for words was overcome with a weekend of surprises arranged by his family. The first occurred at The Meadows greyhound races on the Saturday night. George and his family went to the greyhounds, one of George’s great passions, to find that race three on the program was the “Happy 90th George Mather” race. George presented the winners sash but was lost for words when the track announcer wanted to chat with him during the presentation.
The following day a small gathering of immediate family was to descend on their Westmoreland street home in Sunshine North for lunch. George was taken aback when more and more friends including many old umpires, old neighbours and friends kept walking through the front door.
George’s son Mark kicked off official proceedings followed by George’s godson and umpiring great, Peter Cameron who turned his five minute speech into a roast! George couldn’t respond. He was lost for words again!
George’s great love of the game and the people within the game shone brightly. Ninety Six year old Charlie Black who ran many grand finals in the VFL reserve grade with George was present as were, Glenn James OAM, Ian Clayton, John Russo, Terry O’Donnell, Ron Bailey, Graeme Fellows, Gordon Watt, Noel Rose, Leigh Keen, Bob Gulliver and David Flegg along with nephew and current AFL boundary umpire, Josh Mather. Current trainer and life member Doug Bartlett also attended.
The mood was festive and bright, the stories were bold and enjoyable and George along with his wife Jesse sat back and took it all in.
Congratulations George on another milestone.