Hall of Fame Inductee 2019 - John Jefferies
As a junior, John Jefferies was a dedicatedand driven sportsman.
Starting his football career at age 11 for Winters Flat Football Club in the Castlemaine District Junior Football League. He captained his team to the 1973 premiership where he was awarded best on ground. His natural sporting ability, hard work and dedication enabled him to excel in many different sports. During high school he earnt the title of District Open Hurdler Champion and as a fourteen-year-old, John was named Victoria best tennis player for his age.
Nicknamed ‘Chicka’ after his father, John made his senior football debut as an eighteen-year-old for Castlemaine in the Bendigo Football League in 1977. A one-club sportsman, John played 231 senior games along with 1 representative match, finishing his career with a premiership in 1992.
A versatile player, with accurate kicking and strong hands. John accepted an invitation to train with Carlton Football Club while studying dental science in Melbourne. His commitment to Castlemaine saw him travel from Melbourne weekly to train and play. After completing his studies, John decided to move back to Castlemaine, opening a dental practice and happily continuing his football career with the Castlemaine Magpies.
His personal honours included the Bendigo Football League Goal Kicking award in 1987, kicking 83 goals for Castlemaine in the season and the leading goal kicker at his club for three consecutive years, 1986-1988. John was awarded the club captaincy in 1986 and received the Runner up best and fairest award 1987. John was also honoured to play in the Bendigo Football League’s Interleague side.
John was an active member of the committee for the Castlemaine Football Netball Club, holding the position of treasurer for the 1994 season. He is a life member of the club and in the club’s 150th year celebrations, John was honoured with being named as one of the 25 greats. John continues to support and sponsor the club.
With passion and commitment to the BFNL and Castlemaine Football Netball Club, John now follows his father, as a very worthy BFNL Hall of Fame Inductee.