|Peter (Miles) Delaney
|Tonight the football community, especially the
Mortlake Football Community, are drawn to honour a man who has given 40 years service to
the Club as a player and administrator
Peter (Myles) Delaney was born in 1943. He is one of a family of seven and was the first born son of Leo and Betty who had a dairy farm at Ellerslie.
Myles was raised on the dairy farm and introduced to football through the Ellerslie Football Club where his father was a former player and President.
Myles was a regular Boundary Umpire for the Ellerslie Club, receiving the princely sum of 10 shillings a game.
In 1956, he had the honour of being involved in the last game of football that the Ellerslie Club played
History is about to repeat itself, as his present involvement with the Mortlake Football Club will see him serve the Club in it's last game.
Mortlake Club Involvement
Myles played 330 senior and reserves games and 36 under 18 games with the Club.
Throughout his playing career he played in 30 finals including 9 grand finals (4 seniors and 5 reserves), which resulted in 3 premierships.
He coached the reserves in 1973 and 1974, being premiers in '73 and runners up in '74.
At age 18, he represented the Hampden Football League Reserve Interleague Team at Centre Half forward.
In 1972, he won the reserve best and fairest and leading goalkicker awards whilst playing at centre half forward.
He also had the honour of kicking winning goals after the siren to win the grand final in 1970 and the preliminary final in 1972.
During his playing career he missed 5 games through injury.
From his playing career which many would envy, his commitment to the club continued on the other side of the fence.
He was a committee member for 25 years, missing 2 meetings. During this period he held the position of
President for 3 years and Secretary for 3 years.
He was a selector for 6 years, 3 of these as Chairman. He has been an active member of the recruiting committee for 25 years.
He is a life member of the Mortlake Football Club and the Hampden Football League. His contribution to Football was recognised in 1993 when he was awarded a VCFL Service Medallion. He was also the recipient of a Lions Club International Community Service Award and a Shire of Mortlake Community Service Award.
Myles, congratulations from the Hampden Football Netball League Executive and Committee, on such a great career in Football