| March 11, 2016
Paul Couch honoured in State Parliament
March 10, 2016
The Victorian Shadow Sports Minister, Damian Drum, has paid tribute in State Parliament to Paul Couch, the Geelong Football Club great and Brownlow Medallist who died while cycling with friends near Apollo Bay this week.
Mr Drum, who also played for Geelong with Couch, told Parliament:
“I first met Paul in hospital in 1984 when we were both having some minor operations. There was this young kid in the bed next to me whom I could not believe was actually 19, and he was incredibly excited about the opportunity to come down and try out for Geelong the following year.
“No-one would have realised that this bubbly little kid was going to end up playing over 250 games, be in four grand finals, win three best and fairests, be in three All Australians and win the Brownlow Medal in 1989.
“Paul had a smile that you could not jump over.
“In his early twenties he married Geraldine, and only weeks ago in an interview he noted how lucky he was to have married Geraldine and how proud he was of his four kids. In 1999 Paul stood for The Nationals, and he continued to support country representatives, including David O'Brien at last year's Polwarth by-election.
“He is going to be deeply missed by his friends, and I cannot imagine the loss felt by his family. I wish Geraldine, Tom, Jess, Molly and Joe all the best.”
A memorial service will be held at Geelong’s Simonds Stadium at 2.10pm on Tuesday, March 15.