BILL JACKSON – LIFE MEMBER CITATION

By Phil Skeggs

Bill Jackson’s record as a loyal and committed Ivanhoe soldier speaks for itself.

He played in the Under 19 (North Div 2) grand final in 2008 and was equal B&F in the Under 19s in 2009.

He debuted for the seniors as an under 19 in 2010.

He was a member of the 2012 D3 grand final team and the 2015 D2 reserves premiership.

Bill clocked up his 150th game for the club in Round 1, 2017, and earned the senior Coaches Award at season’s end.

He has played 191 games for the club across 10 seasons so far – 111 in the seniors.

A few years ago, some of his younger teammates bestowed him with the nickname “Golden Bill”.

It spoke volumes for the high regard they have for this tough, hard-nosed veteran with the icy stare who never shirks a contest and is often first in to back up teammates.

This is Golden Bill’s 11th season for the seniors, and I am happy to say he’s still playing it as hard as ever – often in a tagging role – as the seniors charge into the D2 finals in their quest for a drought-breaking flag.

Billy Jackson (right) with President Pete Rawley after being inducted as a Life Member of the club. Photo – Phil Skeggs

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