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Shinglebacks salute Sandy

Tuesday, 5th November, 2013

Garry Sandy in action this year for SA in the Darwin National Carnival. Garry Sandy in action this year for SA in the Darwin National Carnival.

Garry Sandy was acknowledged as the Shingleback of the Year for 2013 at the Cabaret held last Saturday night. 

He joins former recipients Richard McLean 2008, Maurie Hetherton 2009, Brett Morris 2010, Peter Nash 2011 and Terry Anderson in 2012

Garry Sandy has been a Shingleback from day one, Member #62 ... a number he wears with pride both for the Shinglebacks and also for SA.

“Week to week Sandy is the glue of our training nights,” said Secretary Peter Nash. 

“It’s a rare night that Gaz is not there helping push along the not so fit lizards.”

When it comes to games, both in Broken Hill and on tour, Sandy is always up for the game but before he gets to have a kick he becomes the team’s first aid guru (and that’s no easy task when you think of players like Jimmy “Judd” Hinton and Dave Jackson).

Sandy is never one to blow his own trumpet and quietly goes about whatever role he given. Over the last three years he has attended the National Carnivals in Maroochydore, Townsville and Darwin and he just gets on with the task he is given.

What he has also been able to achieve over the last six years of the Shinglebacks is that he has still been a huge worker for the Central Football Club, primarily with first aid but always at the ready to help behind the bar! 

Sandy was this year awarded Life Membership of AFL BH and also received a Merit award from AFL NSW/ACT for his service to the game.

“Garry thoroughly deserved those accolades and along with this Shingleback of the Year award we salute him for his tremendous service, leadership and continuous support of the Shinglebacks and football generally in Broken Hill,” said Mr Nash.

The Cabaret on Saturday night was attended by only 130 which was down on bookings with some late scratchings. The change in format from the formal Ball concept to a Cabaret will be discussed at the November meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 27th November, as will a change of date from what has become a busy time on the social calendar. 

“The primary aim of the Shinglebacks is to raise funds for Junior AFL and the Cabaret is meant to be our major fundraiser, but with only 130 attending we will probably only barely break even,” said Mr Nash.  

He said the Shinglebacks welcomed feedback and this can be done on its Facebook page.

“2013 has seen a decline in membership from the high 50s to the low 40s which is a trend that must change or the Shinglebacks could fold.  

“In many respects it’s been a great year with a social bowls night, a river trip and two weekend trips to play footy in Clare and Renmark. 

“We continue to get players willing to play at home but we need a stronger commitment from the next generation of retiring AFL players to also join the Lizards and become active both in training and attending meetings. 

“One of the hidden gems is the weekly training sessions that help promote better health. The Shinglebacks are also fielding a team in the new AFL 9s competition which is yet another way to lose a few kilos, while having some fun,” said Mr Nash.

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