Josh Deegan was a Sturt player in 2002. He also played Baseball for the Sturt Baseball Club. He attended Unley high school.
In 1996, Deegan played for the Sturt Baseball Club for under 16's and has been credited on being a important player for the club, and earned his place in the under 18's side. When playing for the undefeated side, Deegan collected a Premiership medal. Deegan was known for his leadership and attitude towards the game especially in the 1997 Premiership, Deegan went for a fowl ball that no one would bother to collect.
Deegan played for Sturt Football Club in 2002 in the reserves side.
According to the Golotta family, Deegan and other Sturt footballers approached the family and "talked about football and South Australia and where we were from". Deegan sat next to 19 year old Angela Golotta. When the Golotta family left, Angela stayed with Deegan. When the bomb exploded, Deegan's body was never recovered and Sturt trainer Bob Marshall died in the attack. Angela Golotta's remains were found and placed in a body bag labeled "152".
Josh Deegan Memorial Golf DayEdit
26 February 2012 is the Josh Deegan Memorial Golf Day at the Belair Golf Course. On the 22 March 2012, Belair Golf Course raised funds for the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Burns Unit. The items that were held up for action include:
Adelaide Crows 300 Gamers Signed & Framed Guernsey
Adelaide Crows Signed Guernsey
Port Power Signed Guernsey
AFL Match Ball Signed by Essendon Coach (Hird) and Captain (Watson)
Brett Aiken Signed & Frames 2003National Road Series Leader Jersey
Casey Chambers Signed CDs, Book, & Clothes
Tag Heuer Women’s Sports Watch.
The Belair Golf Club have stated they have donated $50,000 in a period of 9 years.
Long time friend Lee Kelly said: “After losing Josh I knew I had to find a way for all of those close to him to remember him each year, and it is amazing that we have been able to continue this for a decade and keep the legacy of Josh alive".