The Blue and Gold 18th man: Tuff Timmy

Over the years at the Eels, we have been fortunate enough to meet and get to know Tuff Timmy.

Nine-year-old Tim Jelacic has been in and out of hospital for much of his life fighting multiple brain tumours, and along with MRIs, anaesthetic and surgery, he’s also been through a lifetime's supply of radiation therapy.

After yesterday’s game at Pirtek Stadium, Blue and Gold skipper Tim Mannah presented Tim, his namesake, a special 18th man jersey.

“Timmy is probably tougher than any of the boys in our team and in the comp,” Mannah said.

“He is one of the toughest people I know and he has been part of our team, and one of us for many years now.”

“We wanted to give him the number 18 jersey to show he is one of us and always will be.”

‘Little Tim’ just happens to be born on the same day as our skipper ’Big Tim’ Mannah, and with support from across the community, and well as the Mannah Foundation, Tim was able to achieve an incredible bucket list, including visiting his family in the US and seeing Disneyland.

The Blue and Gold are so happy to be able to know and spend time with Tim and his family - click through to find out more about two of the fantastic charities his family supports, Ronald McDonald House - one of the Eels Gold Charity Partners - and the Starlight Children's Foundation.