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Work begins at KGV Park, and vale Martin Carey and Keith Jones

Photo:  Work has started on a new artificial pitch at KGV Park. [Photo by David Smith] 

There’s movement at the station at last.

The artificial pitch at KGV Park has been torn up and a new one is being laid.

I imagine the new light towers will be erected soon as they were stacked on the bitumen carpark at KGV Park a weekend or two ago.

Photo:  It looks like a big job. [Photo by David Smith]
 
Photo:  More of the work on the wing near the grandstand. [Photo by David Smith]

Photo:  I can hardly wait to see the new pitch. [Photo by David Smith]

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Two stalwarts of the game sadly passed away recently.

Taroona supporter Martin Carey (24/10.1938 – 25/8/2022) passed away a few weeks ago and the club will miss his presence.

A ‘best supporter award’ was sponsored by Martin, while his four sons all played, or still play, for Taroona, as does a grandson.

Cian, Duncan, Darragh and Ruaidhri all played for the Taroona seniors.

I enjoyed chatting with Martin at Taroona games.  He had a wicked sense of humour and called a spade a spade.

I sat with Martin and his wife at a Taroona awards presentation night one year and they made my wife and I most welcome.  It was a wonderful occasion.

Former Caledonians player, Keith Malcolm Jones (27/07/1933 – 7/9/2022), was a stalwart of the club, which is now Kingborough Lions United.

I played quite a few games against Keith and he took no prisoners.

He, too, had a lovely dry sense of humour and engaged in quite a bit of banter during games.

He continued playing into his forties and absolutely loved the game.

My condolences go to the families of both men.  They shall be missed.

 

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