Bernie McCarthy tributes

By Seymour Telegraph

A real gentleman with a conscientious personality who loved to win.

He was a person of the highest integrity.

A true country legend.

— Gary Brown (long serving

Seymour Football Club secretary)

He was a legend.

I really admired his passion for the game.

He was ahead of his time with his play-on-at-all-costs approach.

He had super strong hands and, because of knee problems, played a lot on one leg but he was still effective.

He had an awe about him through what he had done in football which drew players to him.

And he was a real gentleman and pleasure to know and be around.

— Des Campbell (GVL great

and team mate of Bernie in the 1978 country championship winning team)

I had only the two seasons with him at North and he was a great guy and player.

I remember my first game well because I was on the bench but got his place at centre half forward when he couldn’t play.

He was ahead of his time, always ready to handball after taking a mark.

He still would have been a great player in today’s game.

He was also a very loyal person and always attended the reunions North have had over the years.

— Frank Gumbleton (former

North Melbourne team mate)

Rushworth had not made the finals the previous season when he came and he was dedicated to changing that.

He inspired a new attitude to training and insisted that after every mark or free kick it was essential you played on quickly

He was a gentle giant.

— Alan McLean (who played

under Bernie at Rushworth)