Todd Davey June 08, 2012
Alex Jesaulenko, right, wih former teammate, Ken "Butch" King. Photo: Graham Tidy
Eastlake welcomes back one of its favourite sons this weekend, with the iconic Alex Jesaulenko back in the nation’s capital for the first time since 2009.
The man they call ‘‘Jezza’’ is back at Eastlake to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the club’s tremendous run of five consecutive premierships from 1962 to 1966.
Jesaulenko and his premiership teammates will be presenting the jumpers to the Demons players before today’s game against Aspley at Manuka Oval.
It’s not often that the ex-Carlton superstar gets back to Canberra, but when he does he makes sure he drops into the Eastlake Football Club for a beer.
Jesaulenko said he was looking forward to catching up with his old teammates.
‘‘Yeah we’re getting on a bit aren’t we?’’ he laughed.
‘‘It’ll be good to catch up with all the old dinosaurs for a beer.’’
Eastlake’s football manager Bruce Macafee said having a player of Jesaulenko’s calibre back at the club as part of its celebrations was significant.
‘‘Eastlake takes great pride in being able to claim a link to a number of AFL players and Alex is certainly one of the greats of the game.’’ Macafee said.
‘‘It’s important that we celebrate what we’ve achieved ... we’re expecting some big numbers.’’