Club life member, player and trainer, Bill ‘Patto’ Patterson died on the weekend after a short illness.
Patto was a much-loved Club stalwart who played the game hard – no-one could get his cap off in a game – and when injuries forced him to retire, he turned his hand to being the Club trainer, travelling everywhere that Diamond Valley was playing. It wasn’t unheard of for Patto to travel to Footscray to help the Vets, and then drive to Beaconsfield to prepare the Masters and Supers for their games.
Patto was a non-nonsense man, with no time for ‘sooks’ who wanted a bag of ice or a drink when they hadn’t got themselves a kick in the contest. But he had a heart of gold, and was there on the fund-raising day for Cancer Awareness with his pink moustache, and no-one laughed at that.
The Diamond Valley Superules lost a great friend this week – we will miss you Patto. Our condolences to your family and friends.