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THREE-TIME OP PREMIERSHIP PLAYER PASSES

The Old Paradians’ Football Club has been notified of the passing of Rod Galloway, a member of the club’s powerhouse A-Grade Premiership teams of 1967 and ’68 and the B-Grade Premiership team of 1971. Rod is the player featured in the accompanying photograph (in the far left inset, above members of the '68 A-Section Premiership team and coach John Booth (1954)).

News of Rod’s death on April 27 was conveyed to the club by his wife Marilyn.

Though domiciled in Sydney, Rod maintained a strong interest in Old Paradians activities, having attended numerous events celebrating those much vaunted Grand Final victories. On those occasion he talked with great fondness of his time spent with the club and the great mates he had made throughout his playing years.

Equally, those who knew Rod remembered him as a true gentleman and a genuine football talent, as a clean, silky-skilled half-forward flanker.

John Booth, the former Old Paradians Coach who commandeered the three Premiership teams in which Rod was part, remembered the player as a genuine football talent.

John rated “Rod as “quick, elusive, strong mark and a great kick for goal”, and drew comparisons between Rod and the St Kilda Premiership captain Darrel Baldock.

Members of the Old Paradians' senior team will wear black armbands into this Saturday's match with Yarra Old Grammarians at the Garvey Oval as a mark of respect to the late Rod Galloway.