Ian “Noisy”




Bendigo Rugby Union Football Club Inc

We hereby nominate Ian Dyett as a worthy recipient of the “Beating Heart” award.

Service Record – Ian M. Dyett JP

Ian (Noisy) Dyett joined this club in 1970 at the age of 26. His record of service to the club since then is matched by few in Rugby.

1. Player
• Played originally at Xavier College, Kew Vic.
• A play ending injury in 1970 led to a career in administration
• Ian began as Bendigo Touch Judge (A.R.) in 1971
• Acted until retirement Finals 2016 (>350 games)

2. President
• 31 years 1971-2003, 2016 (7 Premierships!)
• Liaised successfully with Council, Utilities, Media & Sponsors

3. Committee
• 1 year as Secretary
• 1 year as Treasurer
• 46 years on Committee, continuing
• Ran the Canteen & Bar 20+ years
• Wrote the Club song.
• Still leads the players in singing it after every win.
• Elected the Club’s first Life Committeeman

4. Citizen of the Year
. Chosen by the City of Greater Bendigo in 2004 for services to the
Community, with Rugby Union prominent in the citation.
. Nominated of special note when Club awarded a Civic Reception
to recognize its 40th anniversary. The first such reception to a
sporting club.

5. VRU Recognition
. Awarded Distinguished Service Award in 2001

6. Media liaison officer
• >30 years 1970 – current
• Regularly interviewed and quoted on Club matters in the Press
• Appearances on radio & television

7. Club Awards
a. Life Member 1978
b. Club Immortal 2010 – one of only four.

8. Delegate to North Bendigo Sports Club (NBSC)
a. Served as President

9. Other services
a. Central role in survival 1981 & revival of the club in 1982 after committee voted to wind the club up
b. Has always been the major Club raffle ticket seller
c. Ran the club after game raffle for >40 years
d. Stocked the bar/canteen before home games
e. Organized functions such as hangis & spit roasts after home games
f. Assist with clean-up after games
g. Assisted in building the original club change rooms, circa 1974 and extension, circa 1985
h. Assisted in organizing permits, etc. for erection of training lights on east side of Shadforth Park, circa 1985
i. On organizing committee for 25th and 40th anniversary reunions
j. Alternate Delegate to the VRU and attended meetings in the 1970s to 1990s
k. In an amazing “nod” to Rugby and Ian’s ability in administration he was asked to step in as Chairman of the struggling Bendigo Bombers (VFL Essendon AFL Reserves team.) Ian accepted the challenge and whilst remaining on the BRUFC Committee (A condition of his acceptance.) served in that position for 8 months, establishing a new Board and selecting a new Chairman.
l. Ian is the President of the Bendigo Honorary Justices (20 + years ) and has just stepped down as the President of the Bendigo Easter Festival (Australia’s oldest continual community festival. )
m. He has employed players who have been out of work.
n. He has established and is Trustee for a Life Members fund to assist seriously injured players.
o. Ian has championed the integration of many different ethnicities into a team of “mates” before such things were Politically Correct.
p. Since retiring as President, Ian has become a mentor to fellow members of the Committee.

q. As a very senior member of the Committee, he has guided the BRUFC through many difficult periods. His wisdom and experience is highly appreciated by the other members of the Committee, the players and supporters.

In summing up Ian has brought community awareness & profile to the sport of Rugby in what is Australian Rules heartland. He is known by many “Noisy” Dyett “Mr. Rugby”. To the BRUFC he is their Emeritus President.




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