Kevin Curran has been secretary of the Great Southern Football League (GSFL) for 42 years, but his service to the game runs longer than that.
After more than 50 years, Kevin received the shock of his life at an SANFL function at the Port Adelaide Football Club, when he was presented with an AFL Merit Award for Outstanding Service to Australian Football.
"I was very surprised, as not many of these awards are handed out," Kevin said.
"I was sitting with good friend and GSFL vice president Herman Lucas, president of the GSFL Terry Corcoran, GSFLW secretary Andrew Batten and Craig Warman and Malcolm Martin from the Southern Football League and they were very happy for me, but I was in shock.
"One minute I was enjoying a beer and then the next, my name was up on the screen and receiving an award."
Kevin said meeting so many different people over half a century has been his highlight.
"When you go to the football everyone is on the same level, regardless of their occupation. They all love the game," he said.
Kevin's resume is impressive and not just based in the Great Southern Football League. Sure, Kevin has been the GSFL secretary since 1978 (42 years and still going), but there is much more to the diligent administrator.
Kevin umpired in the South Australian Amateur Football League in 1964 and umpired more than 700 games, been a SANFL SA Country Team selector, SANFL Affiliated League Council Member, salary cap officer for the River Murray, Southern Zone director and Combined Southern Football Umpires Board Member from 1978 to now.
Kevin's passion for umpiring has filtered to his sons Ian and David. David is currently secretary/manager of the Combined SFL/GSFL Umpires Panel and Ian is assistant secretary. And of course there is Kevin's wife Julie, who is the only woman life member of the GSFL.
"Julie stands on her own with what she has achieved in football and been great support to me over the years," Kevin said.
"I have been fortunate being able to travel the country due to football and made lifelong friends. Football has been good to me," he said. But there is little doubt Kevin has been good for footy.
Kevin Curran's resume - South Australian Amateur Football League umpire from 1964 to 1967, SANFL country umpire 1968 to 1974, been on the Combined Southern Football Umpires Panel, umpiring more than 700 games, 1975 to 1994, SANFL SA Country Team selector 1988 to 1998, SANFL Affiliated Leagues Council Member 1985 to 2008, River Murray Football League salary cap officer 2002 to 2007, Country and Metro Football Council Investigation Committee Member 2006 to 2010, Community Football Rules Review Committee 2009 to 2012, Southern Zone director 2008 to 2012, Combined Southern Football Umpires Panel Board Member 1978 to 2019 and Great Southern Football League secretary 1978 to 2019.