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Sandy to lead the Lizards

Wednesday, 10th February, 2021

New Shinglebacks President, Garry Sandy playing for SA at the National Carnival. PICTURE: Supplied New Shinglebacks President, Garry Sandy playing for SA at the National Carnival. PICTURE: Supplied

It could only happen at a Shinglebacks AGM where the secretary announces to the meeting he is stepping down; only to be then elected president. 

Garry Sandy is a 2008 foundation member of the Shinglebacks spending five years as assistant secretary before becoming secretary. Garry has been pivotal in keeping members updated with our season calendar be that on field or assisting AFL BH with barbecue and working bees, etc. 

In later years Garry would also co ordinate our “team bonding” river trips and the Melbourne AFL weekend each year. 

As only the Shinglebacks could do the role of secretary now sits with the outgoing president Michael Vlatko, with Terry Anderson voted in as vice president. 

Peter Jackson will continue in the role as treasurer with Rod Garner as the delegate to the League. 

The important roles of social director are filled again by Wayne Murray and Stephen Quinn. 

What Wayne doesn’t know about “river trips” is not worth knowing. 

The first big ‘team bonding’ river trip will be from March 19 -21 at Nelia Gaari Station, which is a week before the local footy season lightning carnival. 

The second mixed river trip will be at Viewmont Station from May 28-30.

Muzza is the contact person to get on the list! 

On Saturday, May 22, the SA rep team is travelling to play Broken Hill. 

The game will hopefully be at the Jubilee Oval around 5pm.  

This year’s AGM passed a motion that members will be given first preference to play the full game (if they want too) and past members second preference. 

The reason this motion was adopted was to ensure we don’t repeat the 2019 fiasco where we had 33 players turn up and then whinge about lack of game time. 

The Shinglebacks would like players to join up early and get involved in our social monthly meetings (first Wednesday of the month at the Mulga). 

In 2008 we had 55 members which has dwindled to around 25 in 2019 and only 9 financial members in 2020! 

Membership forms can be collected from Sampsons or can be emailed to you by contacting Peter Nash. 

Membership remains at the 2008 price of $100 per year. 

Our focus remains to help promote Junior AFL in Broken Hill, whilst enjoying some footy banter! 

Training will commence on Wednesday nights at Sturt Park at 5.30pm for a walk/talk, kick/catch session for about one hour. 

The Masters National Carnival will be held in Perth from Sunday, September 26 to Saturday October 2.

SA Masters is very keen to get more Shinglebacks into their squads especially the over 40’s & over 45’s age divisions.  

Already Vlatko and Sandy along with Jim Hinton, Brett Morris and Peter Nash have indicated a desire to attend. 

Sandy and Morris will play over 55’s, Hinton in the well over 60’s and Nash will play 60’s but really it’s just a defacto caravan holiday for the shoe salesman. 

Broken Hill has some fit players 40 plus who would excel at the National Carnival, which features three games in a week plus plenty of social opportunities. 

More general Carnival information can be found on the Facebook page AFL Masters Carnival.

The Shinglebacks need the next wave of former legends to come through as the 2008 foundation members are now all 12 years older! It really has become a ‘case of join it or lose it’. 

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