Life Member Anthony Bortolotto was last week rewarded for his outstanding service to the Victorian Amateur Football Association with a Certificate of Merit at last Wednesday night’s VAFA Sportscover Season Launch at the MCG.
‘Borts’ as he is known to everyone at Marcellin was one of 12 club volunteers to receive the award.
He has been a stalwart of our club since he joined the club in 1975. He had a stellar schoolboy career at Marcellin where he first made his debut for the Marcellin College XVIII football team in year 9. Because of his debut at such a young age, it was to no surprise he made his first senior appearance for the Old Collegians in his first year at the club in 1975.
Although his playing career was cut short after only 17 games due to persistent shoulder reconstructions and permanent knee damage, he still managed to sneak in one senior premiership, our 1976 B Grade triumph. Post his playing career, he ensured he made his involvement within the club a priority.
In 1977 the club was luckily enough to have Borts join the committee in a formal capacity and from that day through until 1984 he and his wife Margaret ran the social activities for the entire club along with coordinating and producing meals for up to 150 people after every home game. These post match nights are still legendary and there are plenty of fond memories when you speak to the past players and officials of that era.
As the years went on, Borts continued to support the club on the board as a general committee member, playing a part in a number of different roles through the 1980s and 1990s.
In 2003, Borts scaled up his involvement back up on the committee as his son Matthew commenced his career at the club, whilst his other sons Jonathan and Nicholas finished their schooling at the College before making their debuts in 2004 and 2007 respectively.
Borts’ role on the committee was broad and as a classic volunteer, he had his fingers in a number of different pies. Roles included being the social secretary, football operations manager, game day coordinator that organised match volunteers (and not to mention being one himself as a timekeeper).
He was also the Thursday night and post-match Saturday bar manager and is now the coordinator of our famous $5 half time afternoon tea!
In 2012, Borts was made a Life Member of the Old Collegians Football Club and it has gone down as one of the proudest days of his life. It is also widely known within the community that his middle name is “Marcellin”!
Congratulations, Borts from everyone at Marcellin on your award!