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Ben Mc back in yellow and black

Ben McNamara in action for St Joseph’s in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TORQUAY has landed a recruiting coup in its quest to go one better than 2019 with the return of key defender Ben McNamara to McCartney Oval.

A member of St Joseph’s back-to-back GFL flags in 2017-18, McNamara, who also played five VFL matches with Werribee, is living and working in Torquay.

“I loved my time at Joey’s, but with my work and moving back down to Torquay, it made sense (to return),” he said.

“I wanted to focus a bit on work, so I rang Dom (Gleeson) and asked him if I could come down.

“They’ve got a good group of young players coming through as well some good senior players who have been there a long time.

“The team is shaping up pretty good and hopefully challenges (for the premiership).”

McNamara last played with Torquay in 2015, making four senior appearances while also spending time at the Geelong Falcons.

The following year he was a permanent member of the Falcons’ line-up before linking up with Joeys in 2017, where he was one of the youngest members of that year’s grand final win over St Mary’s.

“‘Jamo’ (Heath Jamieson) and ‘Carso’ (Paul Carson) were great for my footy,” he said.

“They let me go up to Werribee and when they were coaching me (they) got my footy into a better place.

“One of the hopes of coming back to Torquay is that I’m a more rounded player and hopefully I can be part of the senior team and put in place what I’ve learnt.”


McNamara, who turns 23 at the end of January, hasn’t put a line through returning to the GFL.

“There’s a possibility I could go back,” he said. “But, at the moment, it makes sense to be in Torquay.

“I don’t really feel I’m dropping a level.

“I spoke to Dom about maintaining that high standard that I set myself in the GFL; I’ll still be having a red-hot crack.”

MEANWHILE, Portarlington has finalised its search for a new president.

The Demons have appointed St Leonards resident David Silke to the role, filling the vacancy created by Linda Shaw’s departure at October’s AGM.

Silke’s football background includes a 250-game playing career at Yarraville-Seddon in the Western Region league.

While working in Brisbane, he was president of the Yeronga Juniors for three years.

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