5th Oct 2020
It is with great sadness that the club wishes to advise that Life Member and club legend John Brentnall has passed away after a short battle with cancer. John was 80 years old and is survived by his wife Angela, daughter Julie and son-in-law Mark and was living in Cairns at the time of his death.
JB joined the club in the late 60's after controversially missing selection in the Australian Commonwealth Games wrestling team and having never played rugby previously. JB found the challenge of the front row matched his wrestling talents and went on to play many games for the club for the next 30+ years. One of JB's great claims that he was happy to share is that he had played at least one Quins game every season into the 21st century whilst he was well into his 60's.
It was JB's service as club medic that elevated him to 'Club Legend' status by undertaking the club medic's role from the 1970's through to the late 2000's, over 30 years of service. John was the very first person to arrive at training ready to provide strapping and massages to players and he would undertake team medic and strapping duties for every Quins Senior team on a Saturday. Starting before 10am and finishing after 5pm every Saturday - and all he ever insisted on was a 10 minute break to have a cup of tea and a sandwich. Such was John's popularity and generosity across all of Victorian rugby, (and to the annoyance of more than one Quins coach) he would often also strap the opposition teams 1st Grade players prior to games.
JB was famous through all of Victorian rugby for his match day kit - the same beanie, polo shirt, shorts and long socks for many years. The man refused to wear a jacket or long pants no matter how cold it would get insisting that a beanie and long socks is all that is needed to stay warm.
JB's service was not just to QUINS, he served as medic to many Victorian representative teams and was the Senior State team medic for 15 years. John has received Rugby Victoria's Volunteer of the Year award for his outstanding service to the game of rugby in the state.
Much of John's medic service to both Quins and Victorian rugby was done with his partner in crime Sandi Ash. Sandi and John have remained close friends with Sandi keeping the club informed of John's health challenges over the last 12-18 months.
In 2019, the club's First Aid room was named the John Brentnall First Aid Room in honour of the service John had given the club.
Funeral arrangements are not known at present, with the family living in Qld and current restrictions the club will look at an appropriate time in the future to honour the life of John 'JB' Brentnall. John's daughter Julie and her husband Mark welcome calls from all that knew him. Julie's number is 0411 530 464 and Mark's number is 0481 256 311.
The club owes John a great debt of gratitude and our thoughts are with his family in these sad times.