AFL honours Nashy
Thursday, 7th May, 2015
As part of the AFL’s on-going volunteer recognition program, AFL Broken Hill Chairman Peter Nash has been decreed as a Community Legend.
A well known local businessman, Peter was a talented player with the Central Football Club where he was part of the Magpies’ most successful era.
A stylish half-forward, Peter over the course of his 149 games played in five premiership sides in 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984 and 1985.
When his playing career was over, he concentrated on building up his business interests and spending more time with his family.
He was lured back to the game as the senior coach at Central and while his first year did not finish well, losing a close Grand Final to North, he tasted premiership success in 1993 before finishing as coach after the 1994 season.
He was not long out of the game though when South came knocking on his door asking him to take over the League Team for the 1996 season.
After some consideration he did so and what a correct call it was as he stamped himself as one of the best coaches in the history of South Football Club.
He took the Roos to three grand finals in his three years culminating in premierships in 1996 and 1997.
His last year as a senior coach in 1998 mirrored his first, with another narrow Grand Final loss to North.
He was the driving force behind the Shinglebacks formation and even today, is a staunch supporter and passionate member for a group that does so much for junior football in Broken Hill.
When the administration face of football changed in Broken Hill and the AFL Board was formed in 2011, Peter was voted in as the inaugural Chairman, a role he still holds today.
If you add to this all the other work he is involved in from mowing the Jubilee Oval to putting up windsocks, chairing meetings and umpiring games, Peter is certainly a worthy recipient of this award.
An award that has left him feeling slightly humble.
“It is always a team effort and I see football as my Rotary outlet if you like that it is putting something back into the community.
“We have been blessed with so many good people working for football in Broken Hill and I’m just happy to be part of this group.”
With the game having changed so much over the past five years, Peter has been at the helm all the way and was the main instigator in the introduction of women’s football in Broken Hill.
“It has been challenging at times but as I said we have a good team and everyone is passionate about the game and its future.”
With so much of his time consumed by the sport he loves, Peter paid tribute to his family.
“They have supported me all the way and I even have my wife Karen helping out at working bees and taking the minutes at board meetings.
“I would be lost without her.”