Vale Rex Doran

19 February 2019

Rex as coach, Barbara as team manager and Greg as boundary umpire

In the early hours of Tuesday 19th February, the football club lost one of its greatest servants in Rex Doran. He lost his battle with melanoma after a courageous fight.

After being a great athlete in 800m and 1500m as a youth, Rex returned to football in 1963 as a 28 year old to captain coach the reserves in St Bernard's inaugural year of 1963. He was the oldest player in the club, with the vast majority of players being under 20. He was inspirational to his young charges and led the club to its very first premiership, with the game preceding the senior premiership, which was to come a few hours later.


Since then Rex, his wife Barbara and sons Mark (Phantom), Greg, Tim, Paul, Luke and Sam have been stalwarts for 55 years. All having been active members and players over many years. Barb being a life member after many years as secretary and a tireless worker.


Rex was president of the Club in 1983 and 1984, with the Club winning the 1983 B grade flag.


Prior to that he coached the Under 19's, for a number of years and guided them to the Premier grade premiership of 1972, with a number of those players going on to be instrumental in our first A grade flag in 1975.


Never one to shirk the unwanted jobs, Rex was for many years the advance scout, going to opposition games to provide valuable knowledge to, in particular coaches Frank Dunell and Peter Nicholson, both of whom won senior premierships. He was rewarded with the Michael Nestor Best Clubman trophy for this work in 1992.


He was also awarded Life Membership of the club for his great commitment and service to St Bernard's.


Rex will be sadly missed by all club members, especially at home game lunches, as along with Phantom and Barb they have been an institution for many years.


Let us hope that with Rex looking down on him, Phantom can be his usual humorous and inspirational self as we take on A grade this season.


The Funeral is at St Monica's at 11:00am on Wednesday the 27th of February, then back to Windy Hill.

The Committee