A fitting farewell for Andrew ‘Toe Punt’ Kelly

A full house in the middle of football season – it was a fitting way to send off MPNFL media broadcaster and journalist Andrew ‘Toe Punt’ Kelly at a ‘Celebration of Life Ceremony’ at Eagle Ridge Golf Course today. Approximately 400 mourners, including club presidents, coaches, and players, joined the Kelly family and work colleagues... View Article

A full house in the middle of football season – it was a fitting way to send off MPNFL media broadcaster and journalist Andrew ‘Toe Punt’ Kelly at a ‘Celebration of Life Ceremony’ at Eagle Ridge Golf Course today.

Approximately 400 mourners, including club presidents, coaches, and players, joined the Kelly family and work colleagues for an emotional and humor-filled tribute to the man who made the sporting media landscape his own.

Kelly, 48, died on Saturday 5 May after a short battle with aggressive cancer.

Andrew’s younger brother Adam had the room laughing loudly as he recounted stories of his sister Tracey ending with stitches, after a collision with a car ashtray, courtesy of Andrew, and how he loved nothing better than doing donuts with his older brother in a beaten-up Holden Kingswood.

Work-colleague Luke McKinnon also spoke, saying he had never in his working life met anyone so positive and anyone that had left such a lasting impact on the workplace.

Andrew’s son Lachy said his dad was his best mate and told stories about the best but angriest junior football coach he had ever had.

And great mate Tony Blackford summed up the mood in the room perfectly.

“We will never see anyone like him again,” Blackford said.

“He is gone far too soon, but we were blessed to have him in the community. He was not only a great mate to me personally, but a great mate to football.”

A moving video tribute played to the music of INXS (Never Tear Us Apart) and Robbie Williams (Let Me Entertain You), then brought an end to the service.

RIP Andrew Kelly.