Jones clan more than a name for Brookers

SON OF A GUN: Holbrook skipper Josh Jones with his father, Cameron, ahead of Saturday's big match against Brock-Burrum. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

SON OF A GUN: Holbrook skipper Josh Jones with his father, Cameron, ahead of Saturday's big match against Brock-Burrum. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

THERE are two near certainties if you're a Jones and have been tied up with the Holbrook Football Club.

Firstly, there’s a good chance your middle name is Durston.

It’s a family tradition which started with 1947 Brooker president Lovett Durston Jones and has filtered through the generations to present skipper Josh Durston Jones.

The second is you have rolled the sleeves up and been a tireless worker for the green and gold jumper.

Cameron Durston Jones, a life member who played 327 senior matches and served on the committee for 25 years, said he couldn’t imagine life without the footy club.

“Our family goes back a fair way I guess,” Cameron said.

“There is a bit of history there.

“Mum was a Wornes so we are tied up with that side as well which also incorporates the Smiths and Semmlers.

“I guess if you didn’t play for Holbrook you were in trouble.”

It’s fitting that Cameron’s son, Josh, will lead Holbrook into battle against Brock-Burrum during the club’s 125-year celebrations at Holbrook on Saturday.

Josh won last year’s best and fairest and recently played his 100th match as a 22-year-old.

“The timing has been pretty good for Josh being captain this year,” Cameron said.

“If Dad (Tom Durston Jones) was around he would be really proud.

"He would never miss a game before he passed away.”

Needless to say, Tom was a life member and spent six years as president of the club in the 1960s and 1970s.

While Holbrook would have gone into Saturday’s clash against the reigning premier at long odds at the start of the season, the Brookers are a far different proposition nine rounds into the home and away series.

They have reeled off four successive wins to be sitting just outside the top five.

Justin Koschitzke’s availability has been critical over the past fortnight with the former St Kilda forward booting seven and eight goals in wins against Rand-Walbundrie-Walla and Culcairn.

“It’s been a good few weeks but Brock-Burrum is another big test,” coach Adrian Whitehead said. 

Hundreds of former players and supporters are set to return for Holbrook’s celebrations on Saturday with some travelling from as far away as Perth, Townsville and Brisbane.

And it’s a safe bet good old Durston will get a mention or two over the weekend.

“All the boys down the line have coped a bit over the years,” Cameron said.

“Lovett passed it on to Dad, who passed it on to me and my brother Gavin and then our boys got the name as well.

“The girls have been lucky.

“We’ve just rolled with it over the years.”

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