The entire MFC P&PP&OA community was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Colin Sylvia. A red and blue favourite throughout his 157 games wearing No. 12 between 2004 and 2013, followed by a further season at Fremantle in 2014, Sylvia excelled in the game from a young age. He made his senior debut with Merbein when aged just 15, playing in a premiership there in 2002.

A product of the Bendigo Pioneers, Sylvia was taken by Melbourne at No. 3 (priority pick) in the 2003 National Draft.

In his time at Melbourne, Sylvia was renowned for his commitment to training, which – at his best – helped to make him a powerhouse in the midfield, recognised by regular high placings in the MFC Best and Fairest. Sadly, injuries also frequently frustrated his efforts.

Upon his departure from the club at the end of 2013, Sylvia said ‘I will always consider myself a Melbourne person’. This link was reaffirmed with the awarding of MFC Life Membership in 2015.

Colin Sylvia was also well known for his generosity of spirit towards the wider Melbourne community, and his interest and connection with many supporter groups. He will be sorely missed, and always fondly remembered. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.