All-time great Danny Byrne reaches 150

01 August 2012

Congratulations to one of St Bernard's and the VAFA’s greatest players Danny Byrne on his 150th game this Sunday against St Bedes.

300 gamer and Premiership teammate Ben Hogan paid tribute to Byrnsey this week.

“Danny has become one of the clubs most decorated, respected and loved sons over his journey at the ‘snake-pit’ and is simply one of the greatest players ever to pull on the St Bernards jumper”


 Hogi said “They don’t come any more passionate than Danny who after attended the College (1992-1997) made his senior debut in round one 1999 against Scotch. From that day he has worked tirelessly to improve himself as a footballer .. ”You would often spot Byrnsey over the years at local ovals practicing his long kicking on the run by placing witches hats out and hitting them from long range:


“He is always one of the last to leave the track, honing his goal kicking skills on the run from outside 50m on his favorite number 1 oval. “He has a big engine, who runs hard and breaks lines with his long kicking.  “Danny loves a goal and the celebration that goes with it and rarely misses when lurking around the 50m arc. “He loves to sell candy, dance around his opponents, run and bounce although he’s never been a big fan of the handball when in range. His work ethic and determination has set the benchmark for our young playing list”


“Along the way Danny has won many awards and achievements. He played in A Grade finals in 2000,02,03,04 with the 2002 Premiership being the highlight. On this day he had an amazing 43 touches and booted 5 goals as an on-baller /half back and won the Jock Nelson Medal for Best On Ground”

“In 2001, Danny was Runner-Up in the Woodrow Medal with 26 votes. In the same year he represented the ‘Big V’ for the first time and went on to achieve the honour on another six occasions and has also been named All-Australian three times”


“In 2002, he won the Senior B&F and was Runner Up in 2003 & 2010. In 2003, he won the Noel Rundle Medal before deciding to test himself at a higher level and joining Geelong in the VFL, where he won the B&F in his first year. The following year in 2005 he came 3rd”


“After his successful stint at Geelong Danny moved to WAFL club East Perth where he played over 80 games from 2006 to 2009 before returning to St.Bernard's in 2010 where he was determined to get his club back to "A" Grade. His professionalism, leadership and work ethic set the standards for our young players and the club returned to top flight VAFA footy this year after a remarkable string of wins in 2011”


“Danny loves his footy and will one day make a fine coach. Danny leads by example both on and off the field and has been proudly supported by his family with brother Marty a key member of the clubs Thirds side, father Dick as timekeeper, goal umpire and vocal supporter who can be heard roaring from the balcony every Saturday afternoon and of course mum Mary who has helped out in the kitchen on Thursday nights and socially for many, many years”


All at St Bernard’s salute Danny on his wonderful achievements for the club!

Paul Gath