Bruce is officially a Tigers legend

LONG-SERVING Macorna Football Club member Bruce Bennett has been named as a club 'legend' - an award that recognises extraordinary dedication to the club. 

Mr Bennett has played approximately 600 games, four premierships, and served 30 years on the club's committee. 

TRUE TIGER. Macorna legend Bruce Bennett.

TRUE TIGER. Macorna legend Bruce Bennett.

Joining the club at just 14 years old, he played until he was in his fifties when an injury forced him to stop. 

Now, at the age of 80, Mr Bennett has been added to the list of just four other club legends. 

Club president Pat Quinn described the significance of Mr Bennett's award.

"We don't give them away and maybe it will be a few years before we get another one, but the bar is very high," he said. 

"Bruce is a dedicated club person. He did a lot of working bees and work around the club, but what made him a legend is ... 65 years of all round service to the Macorna footy club," he said.

"He very rarely misses a game. He's always there - he's totally passionate," he said.

On the night of Mr Bennett's induction into the award, the crowd also celebrated his 80th birthday.

"There were at least a hundred guests who came to help celebrate it, and many more local club people to help celebrate it," Mr Quinn said.

Joining the club in 1953, Mr Bennett was awarded life membership in 1987 and played in Macorna's last premiership team in 1960 with his four brothers.

He says he couldn't give it up if he tried.

"I just love it. I'd say I was addicted to football," he said.

"I reckon you're weak as water if you're addicted to something but you're allowed to get addicted to good things."

Mr Bennett said that the night was "fantastic".

"Plenty of people said 'how did you enjoy the night?' I said there'd be something wrong with me if I didn't. A big something wrong," he said.

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