Jock Liston has received a life membership of SMW Rovers, a tribute to over 30 years at the club.
Liston started at the club when he was about 10 years old.
During a long football career at the Rovers, Liston has volunteered to do the running for the seniors when work commitments don’t collide.
“A bit of a shock,” was how Liston described the news of his award.
“I didn’t think I was at that stage of my time at the footy club,” he said.
Liston has contributed to the club in many ways, serving for a long time on the football committee before as well as being part of the club’s inaugural football and netball committee.
“For the 2018 season we went to a combined, footy and netball committee, of which I am an inaugural member,” he said.
Liston uses football as an “outlet off the farm”.
”The club is a great way to keep connected to the people that you get to know over the years and form friendships with,” he said.
Two premierships in 2003 and 2004 were a highlight in Liston’s time at the Rovers, but it’s the club’s community that keeps him coming back.
“Everyone works hard to keep something going in the community, everything seems to be dying off to a degree,” he said.
Liston said looking towards the future the committee will be striving for premierships and working hard behind the scenes to “keep the club going for future generations”.