FOUNDING Bendigo Cats pioneer Lola Tyack has been awarded the club’s first lifetime membership.
The idea of forming a local Geelong Football Club coalition of supporters was born in 1989 when Mrs Tyack placed a call-out in the paper to find other fans.
The 1990 season was the group’s first as an official club and, according to Mrs Tyack, they haven’t missed one since.
Bendigo Cats president Barry Clay and coordinator Jenny Curran awarded the lifetime membership to Mrs Tyack earlier this week.
“Being our founder, we wanted to make Lola our first and only lifetime member as a way of recognising all she has done for the club,” Ms Curran said.
Mrs Tyack said she was proud to be part of a group as devoted and loyal as their 100 plus member base.
As for her new lifetime membership: “I was tickled pink,” she said.
The 84-year-old has lived and breathed footy her entire life, not to mention her beloved Cats.
Mrs Tyack played a pivotal role at the supporter’s club, organising regular trips to Geelong matches, and even drawing AFL players to Bendigo for events.
Mrs Tyack said it was at one of these events she landed a kiss on the cheek from her favourite player, Garry “Buddha” Hocking.
Mrs Tyack recently retired as club coordinator but remains one of the Cats’ most passionate fans.
To inquire about joining the club contact Ms Curran on 0407 423 770.