Photo courtesy of Sharon Jones Photography

Story by Mark Jonas

It seems like Tim Jones has been playing Senior Football for years, but at only 24 years of age he is just entering what by some is considered “his Prime” time for Senior Football and his best is still to come, well if it does we are in for a treat as it has been bloody good to watch so far.On Saturday against local rival East Ringwood, our Saint Champion will play his 100th Game for the mighty Saints and only fitting that he reaches this milestone at Quambee in front of all our Saints members.

Tim first came to our club in 2006 in Under 13’s when he made the move from Croydon. During his time at the juniors he played 75 Games and represented the EFL Reps Team on 3 occasions.

In 2011, Tim made the move to Quambee Reserve in the Colts but we only saw him for 1 Game as he made the TAC Squad for the Eastern Ranges, where he played 13 games, kicked 8 goals and was named in the Best on 4 occasions. Even though he only played 1 game for us, we got to see glimpse of the future as he kicked 4 goals and was named BOG.

As was the case in 2011, we didn’t get see Tim play Colts in 2012 as he represented the Ranges again where he played 15 games as well as being named Vice Captain for the year.

Finally in 2013, Tim was back at Quambee and under Brett Moyle was elevated straight to the Seniors, playing 18 games and named in the best 8 times, not too bad for a teenager in his first year of Senior football.

In 2014, Tim went to another level. His mature approach to game day and off field preparation as well as his toughness and attack on the footy saw him become one of best defenders in Division 2, eventually being named “Best on the Ground” in the Division 2 Grand Final against Croydon.

On Presentation Night a few weeks later, Tim was also awarded one of the Club Awards, taking home the “Peter Purdy” Perpetual Award, which is for a former Saints Junior Player now a regular Senior player under the age of 21. For those of you who like stats, Tim played 18 games, including two finals, kicked 4 goals and was named 8 times in the best for the 2014 season.

Since NRFC has been in Division 1 (2015), Tim’s football has just got better and has put the fear of god into many forwards as they line up against him on a Saturday afternoon. Even though Tim is one of the best backman our club has produced, he has found himself more and more in the mid-field as he has matured as a footballer and on the odd occasion has even found himself in the ruck due to his incredible leap.

To sum Tim up, he can basically play in any position at any time, whether he is taking down some of the best forwards in the game, breaking packs open in the midfield or taking strong grabs and kicking goals from 50 out, he has become the complete footballer and why he was bestowed with the honor of being named in the “North Ringwood Football Club Team of the Decade 2007 – 2016” on the Half Back Flank and why Tim has also been a regular member of the Senior Leadership group.

Hopefully this gives an insight into Tim and as already mentioned earlier there is a lot more to come!

Below is a full wrap up of Tim’s achievements in his 99 games since he made his Senior appearance on the 13/4/2013 against Doncaster East at Quambee Reserve. For the record, we one: 25.16.166 to 5.10.40. Tim kicked 1 goal and was named in the top 3!

Games: 99
Goals: 34
Named in the Best: 49 Times!!
2014: Division 2 Premiership Player and named “Best on the Ground”
2014: Awarded the Peter Purdy Perpetual Trophy
2015: Nominated Division 1 & 2 (Rd 5) Young Gun Award
2017: Represented the EFL Senior Rep Team
2017: Named on the Half Back Flank in the “NRFC Team of the Decade 2007-2016”
2017: Runner Up in the NRFC “Best & Fairest”

Congratulation Tim, you are a true Champion & from all of us at NRFC, all the best for Saturday mate.

Go Saints