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RIP Dave Jackson

One of the Woodies best known identities, Dave Jackson has passed away.

"Jacko" as he was affectionately known, was a true Club legend. After playing in the Junior ranks, Dave was graded in 4th grade in 1955 and in that year progressed through the ranks to play the final game in 1st grade.

In the following years he was the mainstay of the Woodies backline where as fullback, he was often called upon to make last ditch tackles as well as kicking goals. In 1961,a year that the team only won 4 games, Dave was so prominent that he won the Sydney Morning Herald Best and Fairest trophy. He also came 3rd on two other occasions. Dave played over 200 games for the Club and represented North Harbour, City and the Barbarians.

After retiring in 1967 Dave coached 3rd grade in 1968, 2nd grade 1969 to 1975 and then two stints as 1st grade coach ,1976 to 1978 and 1983 to 1985. Dave, originally a pattern maker by trade, later qualified as a greenkeeper and became the head groundsman at T G Millner as well as being the Club Secretary. Dave was elected as our 14th Life Member.

He will be fondly remembered by all those who knew him for his laconic team talks, his blunt assessment of players but above all for his total commitment to Eastwood Rugby.

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