50th Anniversary Toast
ANUAFC is saddened by the passing of Professor John Molony, celebrated Historian, ANU Academic, and lover of Australian Rules Football. Professor Molony was President of ANUAFC in 1978, and contributed widely to the spirit and growth of the ANUAFC and AFL Canberra more widely.
Professor Molony delivered the toast to the ANU footy club at our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2011. No words sum up the purpose for and community nature of our game and our beloved club better than John’s own. From his address:
“Surely I do not need to stress the fact that our game uses every gift and quality of the whole human person, including the head to think with rather than to butt a ball. That combines with quickness, strength, courage, instinctive reactions and often breathtaking skill to give us at times a glimpse of perfection so rarely met in human endeavour. Our game is at heart always a contest, not a pretty little form of keepings off. Furthermore its fluidity demands a contest if the whole event is not to degenerate into a series of aimless stops and starts…In Aussie Rules the primary purpose is to attack rather than to defend.
Friendships that have endured…[were] made real in the formation and development of the ANU Australian Rules Football Club.”
A full transcript of John’s 50th Anniversary toast can be found here.