2019 season Polecats Committee members.
PATRON: JIMMY TAGGART
Jim’s career began as a Teacher and a Deputy Principal of a Catholic High School. Since entering the field of financial planning in 1987, he has successfully developed his businesses to service nearly 6,000 clients in which his organisations provide advice on General Insurance, Personal Insurance and Superannuation.
Also during this time Jim has completed another Masters Degree in Commerce, majoring in Financial Planning to add to his other qualifications of Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Macquarie University. Jim is currently completing his Doctorate in Business Administration. Jim is a Certified Financial Planner with the Financial Planning Association of Australia. Jim is a Representative of Taggart Nominees Pty Ltd, an Australian Financial Services Licensee. Jim is also a Representative of The Taggart Group Pty Ltd, an Australian Financial Services Licensee.
Jim has lived in the Hills District at Kellyville for over 26 years. Jim has been actively involved in community activities such as: –
Salvation Army – Chairman of the Red Shield Appeal (Western Sydney). Vice President of Regional Chamber of Commerce 1999 – 2000 Past board member of Gilroy College and Marion College Past Chair and current member of the Hills Excellence In Business 355 Management Committee Current Chairman of the Advisory Council for TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute Jim is married and has four children.
Jim has been fortunate to speak at offshore conferences in the areas of Financial Planning and Motivation in such countries as Switzerland, New Zealand and U.S.A.
In 2005 Jim was awarded the Zurich/AFA Financial Adviser of the Year award, and in January 2006 Jim was awarded the 2006 Baulkham Hills Shire Australia Day Community Service Award.
PATRON: JOHN MCMARTIN
A veteran of thirteen seasons, John McMartin was one of New South Wales top hookers during the 1970’s. After staring for Parramatta for 160 games (making him the 13th most capped player for the club), John moved to the shire based Sharks where he played an integral part in their 1978 campaign which saw the club make the historic drawn Grand Final.
Unfortunately for John, injury ruled him out of the replay against Manly, but he still made enough of an impression within the club to be named in the recent St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, best players over the Sharks 40 years.
After retiring from top grade football, John has contributed significantly to the Polecats club, playing, coaching and helping administer the club for the past 25 years. John has also been heavily involved in the administration and coaching of the NSW and Australian Tertiary and University sides over that time, helping a number of now current NRL players make their first representative honours.
PRESIDENT: PETER LAMEY
Peter joined the Polecats in 1992 first playing on the wing for 2nd grade, he then went onto play 120 games for the Polecats in 2nd grade, playing in 5 grand final sides, winning 3,first as winger then finishing his Polecat career as a hooker.
Peter first joined the committee as a bbq cook/bar man at the old Polecat stadium at Castle Hill earning several medals for service before picking up his first clubman award in 1999.
Peter went on to play 2 seasons for the Asquith Magpies in 2000 and 2001 before being forced to retire due to major heart surgery.
Peter returned to the Polecats in 2013 as a trainer/strapper quickly becoming involved in helping out as much as he could earning the Presidents award that year.
Over the following 3 years Peter represented in the Country Tertiary side 2014/15/16 as a trainer also in the NSW Resident sides 2014 and 2016 as well as the NSW Uni side 2016 as a trainer.During this time Peter was awarded the clubman award 3 years running.
Peter is a proud Polecat and is very honoured to be appointed as President of this great club.
VICE PRESIDENT/SECRETARY: KIERAN SHANAHAN
Kieran Shanahan (Shano) joined the Polecats in 1990 and whilst typically playing half back, hooker or lock was not blessed with speed, acceleration, a kicking game, a good temper or good looks but survived on a workaholic attitude. He was the Mister Perpetual Motion of the Polecats in the mid 90’s as he would regularly play 2 games in 1 day. In 1990 at Macquarie Uni he achieved the rare feat of playing in all 3 grades. He has also thrown his hand in to assist with Registrar and Treasurer duties over the years.
His career highlights include 2 clubman of the year awards, kicking 6 from 6 in a 2nd half drubbing of Hornsby Tech and winning the 1996 2nd Grade Grand Final alongside the other Shano brothers, Chris Shano and Marty Shano.
His fondest memories are of fundraising nights in the Polecat Clubhouse, Bathurst Bus Trips and Post Grandfinal Parties at the Vicar. Kieran Shano played many grades and many positions before retiring in 2000, but has made numerous comebacks in 2006, 2007, and most memorably 2010 at the ripe old age of 39 where he finished the year on the wing in the 1st grade grand final.
In 2016 Shano celebrated a playing career spanning 26 years with the Polecats with a celebrity appearance on the wing for 1st grade scoring 2 tries and played 2nd grade when they won the major semi final against Canberra Uni, pulling off what some would say was the tackle of the season.
Shano has now officially retired (again). Rumour has it that his rego papers have now been stamped “Never to play again”. His role at the club now includes chief pace setter at training to keep the young blokes honest, cooking the BBQ, and beer taster
TREASURER: BOB LENNOX
Bob Lennox’s involvement in rugby league pre-dates the digital media so a google search will only uncover the bare basics of an illustrious rugby league career from representing Asquith in the 1976 North Sydney A-Grade Grand Final through to coaching the Hills C-Grade to grand final victory in 1987. From Hills C-Grade Bob progressed on to coaching roles with Pennant Hills in the early 1990’s before returning to Hills to coach their A-Grade team in the mid-late 1990’s.
1998 was a year of turning points for both Bob and the Polecats. The Polecats only fielded 1 side for the first time in decades and without a succession plan for the 1st grade coach (who was ready to retire) they played the season with the catch phrase of ‘The Last Stand’ assuming that this was to be the clubs final season, and failed to make a grand final in any grade for the first time since 1981 (a 16 year grand final streak broken) so things were certainly at rock bottom. The club even produced memorabilia in honour of the final season of this once great club.
Fortunately, across town, at the end of the 1998 season, Bob was shown the door as A-Grade coach and a former NRL first grader appointed in his place. Bob was soon headhunted to take over as coach at the Polecats. As testament to Bob’s ability to draw players in and build morale within a club, without a single phone call or conversation to poach players away, within 3 weeks more than 15 players chose to come across and join the Polecats for the 1999 season.
This was a major turning point for the Polecats. With 2 sides in 1999 the club went on to make the grand final in both grades and took out the 1st grade premiership in a hard fought battle with Canberra University. 1999 kick started a golden run for the Polecats with the club going on to win 6 1st grade grand finals out of 13 appearances across 17 seasons. A strike rate of 46% in grand finals. Bob’s role at the club throughout this period was pivotal to the Polecats success.
Bob has in recent years handed the coaching reins to Dan Jackson but still plays an active role in the club and is the Polecat equivalent of ‘The Honey Badger’ with more sayings and one liners than a fortune cookie factory, making sure every player, and every minority group feels equally loved amongst the Polecat fraternity.
CO-OFFICER FOR BEVERAGES/FOOD: GREG DOWD
Greg Dowd is now into his sixteenth year at the Polecats. Greg started playing for the Polecats in 2004 where he started in second grade then the next year moving to first grade. since playing for the club he has participated in one grand final and has represented the league in the NSW Tertiaries team.
Greg works as an air conditioning mechanic in which he has completed his trade. Greg is looking forward for another great year of football at the Polecats.
REGISTRAR: BEN CARTER
Ben Carter came across the NSW Tertiary students league during a rugby league Hiatus, whilst studying at Western Sydney University in 2004.
After playing 2 years at Western Sydney University the Team folded through lack funding, injuries and eligible players. The Polecats were sympathetic to the plight of the players and many of them decided to transfer to the Polecats in 2006. Ben has played for the Polecats ever since. Ben has represented Country and NSW Universities against Queensland and Great Britain.
Over the the years Ben has been the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards. Including the Pinder cup 2 consecutive years, 2 Presidents awards and the Tony Gatt best back award the same year as receiving a Pinder cup. 2019 marks his 14th season with the club.
MEDIA: ROB WEISBACK
Rob Weisback stumbled across joining the Polecats in season 2006 after an invitation from Polecats second grade coach Darren Hardman.
In round three of that year he decided to make a comeback to rugby league after a 10 year break from his last junior club the Mascot Jets, In his first game he suffered a torn calf muscle, which put himself out for ten weeks, knowing only a handful of people at the club, he decide to stick around and help out where he could and subsequently becoming a trainer and chef for the Thursday bbq’s.
In 2007 Rob became the treasurer, registrar, first grade trainer, officer for food and beverages. He also played 10 games for the second grade side until injury ruled out his season playing season once again.
Rob Weisback created a milestone in Polecat history becoming the first member to ever win the clubman of the year trophy twice consecutive years. And in 2008 he has accepted the position as club president taking over the reins from Polecats 25 year life members John McMartin.
After 8 years as President of the club, Rob decided to step back in his role and spend more time with his young family. Rob is still an active committee member and an integral part of the Polecats club and culture.