John Durkin

John Durkin

A resilient and seasoned administrator with more than 30 years’ involvement in Townsville football. A dual premiership player with West Townsville, he played 178 games in the TAFL. Represented Townsville in the strong NQ championships of the 1970s and ‘80s and also coached the Townsville team. Commenced his football in suburban Melbourne before shifting north in his early 20s. More recently has taken up the daunting assignment of promoting and managing football in the highly competitive sporting environment in the far north of the state.

After nine years as the Chairman of AFL Townsville his achievements have included a key role in the establishment of the new Tony Ireland Stadium at Thuringowa. This stadium, where Queensland played Western Australia in 2008, is mooted for a pre-season AFL practice match in the future.

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