Life membership is the ultimate honour at any sporting club and during Saturday’s Blues presentation night, Peter Lott became the latest inductee for the Cootamundra Australian Rules Football Club into this elite group.
Mr Lott’s affiliation with the Blues dates back to the late 1990s, when he started playing.
He did not hang up his boots until 2007, notching up 116 matches during this time.
In 2003, one of darkest seasons in the Blues history with the club winless in both grades, Lott, like a number others, doubled up to play two matches every Saturday.
He played 29 matches in that season alone.
For his efforts in 2003, Lott was awarded the coaches award for reserve grade and to cap off a fine season, he was awarded Clubperson of the Year.
He was again awarded Clubperson of the Year in 2004.
Over the next four years, Lott would fill in when the Blues were short.
Off the field, he spent seven years as secretary between 2003 and 2010, with only three other committee members Rod Knagge (13 years), the late Pat Cooper in the 1970s/80s and the late Jim Clarke (nine years) having held the role of Blues secretary for longer.
Lott was a member of the committee from 2001 until 2015.
He continues to this day to sell tickets into the Blues 100 Club and has lent his support to conducting match raffles on home day and even goal umpiring.
Lott was humbled by the honour saying “I still bleed blue”.
He played while the club was still part of the Farrar League, enjoying having both the Australian rules side and the netballers part of the club.
Accepting his life membership, Lott reminisced on these times saying it was terrific to see a women’s component to the club again this season; albeit the women playing football this year rather than netball.
He thanked the people he has played with, sat on the committee with and even sat on the sidelines next to for being part of what makes the club great.
“You get a lot more out of football than just running on the paddock; there are always people around and this is a really positive club,” he said.