Port Lincoln war veteran on Tasman Anzac guernsey

Tasman Football Club will pay tribute to a local war hero when they take to the field against Wayback in the Anzac Day opener.

For the grand final rematch the A grade team will wear a special guernsey with a printed photo that features 96-year-old local man, David Jones.

Tasman president Steve Prout said club member Andrew Frick came up with the idea of an Anzac Day guernsey.

He said the club turned to Peter Teakle and Diana Williams of Peter Teakle Wines due to their ongoing efforts to honour the "Anzac spirit".

Peter Teakle Wines will also serve as naming rights sponsor.

The idea turned to featuring a local man on the guernsey, and it was decided to feature Mr Jones, who served in the Australian Air Force in World War II.

"It's a pretty fitting tribute to someone still alive and kicking who has done a lot for Australia," Mr Prout said.

Mr Prout said Ros Daniels handled most of the negotiations for the guernsey.

The guernsey features Mr Jones, alongside fellow servicemen Ray Barber, Allan Davies and Shelton Palframan in front of Beaufort Bomber 'Cock O' The North' in New Guinea in 1945.

Mr Jones' story can be read online at Virtual War Memorial Australia, which includes how he went from being a young school boy to attending the Japanese surrender at Wewak in New Guinea after his commanding officer broke his thumb, which was needed to operate the brakes.

Ms Williams said Mr Jones was fitting to depict on the guernsey due to his service, as well as his 31 years of work at Delacolline Estate and Peter Teakle Wines.

"David Jones is very special to many and it was fitting that the image of him at war was chosen as the commemorative image for the 2019 Port Lincoln Anzac Day match," she said.

"We are proud to be major sponsors for the Tasman Football Club and hope members of the Wayback Football Club, the Port Lincoln and the wider Eyre Peninsula community take a moment to look at the Virtual War Memorial site and see what they can discover about local heroes so we can honour them with a little more understanding this coming Anzac Day."

Mr Jones, who will attend the match as a special guest, said he was "honoured" to be depicted on the guernsey.

After the match Tasman will auction off the guernseys, and provide one each to Mr Jones and Mr Teakle.

Mr Prout said the club were also welcoming two members of the Port Lincoln RSL to its last training night before the game and speak to the players about the significance of Anzac Day.

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