It is with great sadness that Uni Blues Football Club announce the passing of Dan Carmody as a result of a sudden heart attack.
Dan was a student at Xavier College in Melbourne where he ascended to the position of School Captain in 2004 before following in his father’s (John) footsteps in making the transition to Melbourne University, Newman College and University Blues. Dan’s arrival at Uni Blues coincided with the return of John to the Blues fold, and together they shared many long hours at the Pavvy and John has gone on to be a much treasured member of the crew.
Dan made his debut with the Under 19s in 2005 and made his senior debut on a dreary afternoon against Old Melburnians on the Uni Main later that year. We’re not sure how he went that day, but one thing is for sure, it would have been a very gritty and no nonsense performance giving everything that he had for the team.
Dan became a regular senior player over the years and relished opportunities to test himself against some of his old school mates at Old Xavs. On one occasion against Old Xavs at Stradbroke Park he was positioned in the backline and he was called on to stand the star resting midfielder. Dan took no backward steps and absorbed everything thrown at him and broke even on the day.
Dan went on to play in excess of 110 games with the club and was a key member of the 2008 Reserves premiership and 2012 Thirds team.
Like his father, he was lovingly referred to as “Carmo”… and to differentiate between the two, he often referred to himself as the “Pretty One”… tongue firmly planted in his cheek.
Dan was also a regular participant representing Melbourne University at the Australian University Games and was Intervasity Captain in 2007.
Post University, Dan started his career in finance and commenced his world “travels” in 2010 and would go on to only play a handful more games with the Blues when he was available.
During a trip to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a number of his Blues cohort, he spent a very rainy day at the Beach Volleyball with Justin Quill, away from the larger touring group. It is a day that Quilly still maintains was one of the funniest and most enjoyable day he has spent at a sporting event.
Dan was a cheerful bloke, always with a smile and time for a word with anyone around the club be they players, supporters, or medicos. He was much loved by his peers and everyone involved with Uni Blues.
Dan is survived by his wife, Ciara, daughter Abbey and a lot of great friends and some fantastic memories.
The condolences to John, Diane, Ciara, Abbey, Jane, Catherine and their families.