Adventurous, busy, caring, cheerful, confident, creative, funny, loved, giving, gentle, happy, hard working, knowledgeable, likeable, lovable, loyal, noisy, outgoing, passionate, popular, proud, calm, hungry, yellow peril and respected.
These words had one thing in common this week – they all described the very best qualities of Ballarat football devotee Shaun Kelly who died suddenly last weekend.
Hundreds of people gathered at Mars Stadium for a public memorial service to the “big fella” of the Greater Western Victoria Rebels and passionate Western Bulldogs supporter.
Mourners arriving at the stadium were greeted by the scoreboard showing a picture of Shaun and the final score of the 2016 AFL premiership which his beloved Bulldogs won. The 2016 Bulldogs premiership cup took centre stage, sitting on a table adorned with a premiership flag and flanked by an autographed Bulldogs jumper.
GWV Rebels talent manager Phil Partington said each year Rebels players were asked to describe themselves as a player with one word, which he carried in to thinking about Shaun.
He asked the crowd to think of three words to describe Shaun, and offered a list of his own.
Mr Partington said it was a great honour to have the Bulldogs’ winning premiership score on the screen.
“His love for the Western Bulldogs was remarkable. I’ve never seen a bloke so happy after the 2016 premiership win,” he said.
The crowd also heard Shaun’s only love greater than sport and media was for his wife Sarah, and his family.