John "Jack" Daniels
1997 saw Might and Power win the Melbourne Cup, Elton John, Puff Daddy, and Spice girls top of the pops, Lady Di left this life, and Darren Albert scored on the bell to give the Knights a GF victory over Manly, but up at Lapstone Oval the big news was a young Jacks debut on the fourth grade wing, coming to the Blueys with a footy career behind him made up of one game of League with Springwood High School.
However his talents were noticed and he was in first grade the very next year, and the rest is history, on Saturday he plays his 370th game, he is the second most capped first grade player of all time, has co coached and played in a first grade premiership victory, captained a second grade premiership win, took out a third grade title as well, and last year was a popular pick as clubman of the year. He is a versatile and talented forward who always puts his body on the line playing with passion and commitment week in and week out.
When looking back on his Stella career Jack has the 2011 first grade premiership is still top of the tree, while not far behind him is the lifelong friends he has made like George, Appsy, Socket, Ellis, Rossco, and danger man Tommy, and the good times like the bus trips such as his first when Thug kept coming up the back of the bus to try and stop the spread of some “funny smell”.
Off the field Jack has always been a fierce and loyal clubman, one of those rare people who gains respect of all of those around him without trying. A lover of a Resches or two, listening to the music of Oasis Jack is married to a wonderful wife Mel and three great kids (two girls and a boy), and works for Blue Mountains UGG boots.
Entering his 19th season with the club he let it be known he would stand aside to give the younger guys a go and play thirds and fourths in 2015, however anyone who saw his brilliance last Saturday at Lappo in seconds and firsts know his plans for retirement are well and truly on the backburner for this blueys legend
Insane is one way to describe the popular Blueys forward (in the nicest possible way),100% committed to everything he does,works his arse off both on and off the field at training,runs Weldstrong (Blueys sponsor),and parties like he is 18 again, even a midnight to dawn party animal at times. On the field he is tough, uncompromising, doesnt know what a backward step is, always looks after his teamates around him is also a mentor to all, add these qualities to his footy ability and you have one hell of an assett to any team or club. Paul played a lot of Rugby in New Zealand, in plenty of positions, schooled at Kannanki, he played also for Nagatea,and Thames including making the under 21 rep side.Talked into coming up to the Blueys by Matt Osborne,when he is not playing Rugby or doting on his family,Paul enjoys listening to any kind of music, drinking any kind of tequila,and ripping into a good serving of corn beef!. When asked about the best Blueys player he has played with he couldnt split Pinno and Trent, however there is no doubt as to the fact that when thirds big challenges ahead come up, the awesome Rugby ability of Paul will be a key factor in their premiership charge.
Every football club requires in their elite squad a player who doesn’t make the headlines every game, but week in and week out does everything right with seemingly with no effort, the Bluey’s player that fits this category is mercurial first grade utility back Mitch Power.Gifted with a football brain, great hands, fierce commitment to his teammates, solid defence, and quality attacking skills Mitch is a class act.
Blaxland High School mate Nathan “Niña” McGuire talked him in to. coming down to Lapstone Oval where he has had a memorable career, playing in three grand finals, and an indication of his class can be seen in his playing stats having played 110 of his 140 games in first grade (most of them with his jumper sleeves rolled up).
Away from the footy field Mitch is a top flight sales rep, loves a VB or two, tosses up between BBQ and Pizza when choosing his favourite food,and when in the mood for music he prefers R&B.
Mitch not surprisingly nominates his Bluey’s career highlight was playing fly half in the 2011 first grade grand final victory, and also of little surprise that he nominates George and Opie as the two best footballers he has played with or against.
One the most popular and well respected players Dave “the silver fox” Thomas.The George Clooney look alike is still playing sensational footy,puts his body on the line,defends as good as any forward in the club,can play anywhere in the backs,and at any level,filling in last year in firsts with some classy displays in the number 15 jumper.Educated at St Doms,Dave played two years of colts at Penrith Emus,and his talent saw him eventually make the Schute Shield first grade side in Sydney Club Rugby,and featured in memorable victories over Manly,Parra,and Easts.His arrival at Lapstone Oval came as a result of a beer at the pub with Gav and Pinno who convinced him to head up the hill,and when asked the best footballers he has played with he nominated ex Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis,and ex Blueys man Liam Winton,he was reluctant to name any current Blueys players as he said there are just too many candidates at the moment!.When not at Rugby,he is a self confessed Resches man,loves a beef curry and anything James Maloney has to say,and do and listening to Nickleback.When not involving himself in the accounting game,is a dedicated family man,with wife Kristy,and kids Will,Emma,and Evelyn.Although constantly threatening to retire,all of us at the Blueys reckon he has plenty more Rugby in him,and of course we dont want to lose either Dave Thomas the footballer,but also the mentor to so many,and the super clubman that he is.