Shinglebacks head to the Masters
Friday, 26th September, 2014
Shinglebacks are heading to Adelaide this weekend to participate in the AFL Masters National Carnival at Westminster and Camden Ovals in the Marion area.
One thousand players have nominated from all Australian states to participate in the week long carnival starting on Sunday.
Teams play three games, one Sunday, then Wednesday and finals either on Friday or Saturday.
The week rounds out with a huge finale at the Entertainment Centre on Saturday night when All Australian teams are selected for the five age divisions.
Geoff Lehman will be representing SA in the over 45s having played previously in 2011 in the 40s held at Maroochydore.
Brett Morris and Garry Sandy will line up for SA in the 50s team that won the age division last year in Darwin.
Sandy has attended the last three carnivals in Maroochydore, Townsville and Darwin, and has been a solid contributor every year.
Morris is attending his fourth carnival having started in the 45s in Canberra in 2010.
Morris has made All Australian teams in 2010, 2011 and 2012 before missing the trip to Darwin last year.
In the over 55s Peter Nash and Jim Hinton are back for a fifth successive year since the inception of the Shinglebacks, while Hinton has attended many Carnivals before that.
"The week-long carnival is promoted as Footy for Fun but all players play for 'sheep stations' especially the Vic Metro teams," said Nash.
Also pulling on the Guernsey in the 55s is David Jackson - but for NSW.
Jackson attended the 2010 and 2011 carnivals before work took its toll. A first for the Shinglebacks this year is Member and local umpire Richard McLean who will be umpiring.
McLean has three or four games during the week and is hoping he does not run into the SA teams, as he will cop plenty of banter!
The "fun" is off field with social functions planned for every day.
Monday's rehab session is a City Pub Crawl from 11am, while on Thursday a Brewery and Winery tour has been organised.
The SA teams also come together for a welcome night drink on the Sunday and again for a night on Friday where awards are handed out for "the dumb things blokes do".
The finale night also sees the announcement of the 2015 venue.
For the locals, Western Australia is the preferred tourist spot!