Tomorrow is more than a round 15 game for the Mt Gravatt Vultures. Tomorrow is about honouring one of their favorite sons.
Fergus ‘Ferg’ Reid, a Vulture from under 6’s right through to reserve grade, lost his battle with bowel cancer in 2010, at just 21 years of age.
Mt Gravatt will remember, and carry on Ferg’s legacy through the Fergus Reid Day, celebrated each year in their home game against Morningside.
Now in it’s sixth year, his three best mates, Rhys Estall, Joe Murphy and Jack Murphy, pioneered it
“The day will be a big motivation for us. The boys will be pretty fired up to do well, it’s a matter of putting what we have been training for into place and hopefully it’s a good day out, celebrating Ferg and the courage he showed,” Vultures Coach Brad Pollock said.
“There is a fair bit of significance around it at our club, and it is fairly symbolic of appreciating the fact that you can play a bit of footy on the day.”
On the day, the Ferg Reid Medal of Courage is presented to the best players in both senior and reserve grades, a medal held in the highest regard at Dittmer Park.
At the request of Ferg, players will wear blue armbands during the game, which will serve as a timely reminder every time they look down.
The Reid family has a long association with the Vultures.
His father, David was a president, and his mother, Helen designed their current clubhouse.
They might have their backs up against the wall to get a win tomorrow, but if they show just some of the fight and courage that Ferg showed during his battle, anything is possible
By Andrew Wiles – @andrewjwiles