Brother John Pye was a well-known, widely respected Catholic missionary who died last week, aged 102.
Brother Pye spent 16 years on the Tiwi islands in the NT. He brought Catholicism to the islanders with what was perhaps modest success. The other religion he introduced — Australian rules football — was much, much more successful.
Ever since then the Tiwi islands have been sending generation after generation of footy legends to play all over the country.
If anyone deserves a special mention in the AFL Hall of Fame, it’s Brother Pye. Anyone able to put in a word with the headquarters?