Brave Jim Stynes inspires fans and players alike
Published 20/04/2010 | 12:19
Aussie Rules’ finest Irish import, Jim Stynes, made an emotional public appearance in Melbourne on Sunday, where the scars from his recent brain surgery were clear for all to see.
The president of the Melbourne football club, joined thousands of fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during his team’s clash against Richmond; where he and his young family proudly cheered their side on to a 55-point win.
Stynes, who is one of the most respected former players of the Australian game, was diagnosed with cancer after doctors found a lump on his back last year.
The father of two keeps fans up to date on his condition through social networking website, Twitter, where he last week posted a picture showing the staples surgeons used on his skull after they removed five tumours.
Fans showed their support for the former champion, who was greeted with a loud cheer as he strolled onto the ground at the end of the match. One long-term Melbourne fan even offered her club president a heart-felt hug.
Team coach Dean Bailey said that the 43-year-old is a “remarkable bloke” whose presence was a welcome surprise for the players.
Having addressed the squad at half time, Stynes led an emotional rendition of the club’s song at the end of the game.