Young’s legacy, like that of Chocka’s, is everywhere in this footy club. Peter commenced as a player in 1980. He played around 150 games in reputedly ‘wide’ fashion, and kicked over 200 goals. He was a successful coach of the ‘Glamour Side’. In 1988 he became Chairman – for a number of years – before working overseas.
Upon his return in 1996 he became President. He held that post for 16 consecutive years – the club record by a long way. During the term of his presidency the club won no fewer than 28 premierships including a glorious record 5 in 1997 on ‘Super Saturday’. The A grade was the dominant division 1 team through the period 1996-2002, playing in 4 grand finals and winning 2.
Peter played the pivotal role in the renovation of the Park 10 grandstand and in the Bob Neil no. 1 renovation project (including the wonderful long-room facility). It is fair to say that he re-defined the president’s role in terms of the passionate and active interest he brought to it.
He has also served over the years as tribunal advocate, club spokesman, member of the SAAFL executive, charismatic and eloquent ‘Hold Your Bowlies’ host, and much more.
Peter was made a life member of the Blacks some years ago. The club owes him an enormous debt of gratitude.
His influence at the Blacks is quite unique.