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For The Love of the Jumper…
This time we look at the Number 19 jumper – and one that seemed to be thrown around so much so that only three players wore the jumper for more than 50 games. Yet these three would cover the ground from a roving forward, long-striding wingman to a defender who found himself as a utility in every sense or the word.
Facts, figures and awards are based on seasons covering the period when the player wore the jumper in discussion. Nominations based on those with the most games recorded in the jumper.
Marshall was a tall-yet-quite wingman who provided a lot of drive during the 1990s for our appreciative forwards. Commencing in 1990 Marshall immediately became an automatic selection with his long-range kicking and fierce attack on the ball. Whilst consistent and a 100-game player he did not win any personal league awards (won some Reserves awards) but did have the honour of being part of the 1991 premiership side.
A fearless and highly-enthusiastic player Roach was always in the hunt as a busy half-forward during the tougher North era of the late 1970s and early 1980s. His jumped into league ranks as a 17-year-old in 1975 and remarkably won the Best First Player for both League and Under 19s. Winning the Most Improved Player in 1977 showed his genuine improvement but battled to truly cement his role in the league side (indicated by winning the 1980 Reserves Best and Fairest). His goal sense was under-estimated at times and his ability to kick over a goal a game showed he was a handy performer.
A true fan favourite in the early 1970s glory days Darryl was a conscientious and hard-working player who was rewarded with two premierships against his name (1971-72) and was a vital performer in North’s Champions of Australia success. Never one to really call a position his own Webb’s ability to be utilised in all positions around the ground – as a half-forward, back-pocket, ruck-rover or even times at centre – was a great asset for the team’s push for premierships. A Most Improved award winner in 1969 he also collected a Meritorious Service award the following year.
Guernsey 1 - Ken Farmer 31%
Guernsey 2- Terry Von Bertouch 37%
Guernsey 3 – Darel Hart 67%
Guernsey 4 – David Tiller 82%
Guernsey 5 – Grenville Dietrich 57%
Guernsey 6 – Trevor Hill 25%
Guernsey 7 – John Phillips 34%
Guernsey 8 - Darren Jarman 84%
Guernsey 9 – Ken Farmer 53%
Guernsey 10 – Barrie Robran 82%
Guernsey 11 – Kym Lehmann 50%
Guernsey 12 – Neil Sachse 77.42%
Guernsey 13 – Anthony Antrobus 65.7%
Guernsey 14 – George Thring 28%
Guernsey 15 – Alan Howard & Tim Perkins 35.48%
Guernsey 16 – Jimmy Allan 65.38%
Guernsey 17 – Peter Sheppard 64.36%
Guernsey 18 – Bob Hammond 69.70%
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No one will be spared and we hope you all take the stories (some might be stretched slightly!!) as some fun while also promoting all involved at our great club. Throughout the season I will make comment on the happenings and influential people of the NAFC. We have runners, chefs, mice, formals, mirrors, players and CEO’s. Enjoy...
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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great break and have refreshed for the 2016 season. In this edition we will start at the top and have a crack at the new coaches to join the Roosters. Board member Pat Hodby runs the New York marathon then rehydrates like a true Aussie, Nick Amato again gets himself a gig for the membership campaign and a Max Thring lookalike.
New head coach Josh Carr was booked in for his first photo shoot with the Advertiser late last year. After multiple shots (with some on his tippy toes), Josh was asked to stand on top of the camera case to add height to the photo. Standing at a respectable 178cm, let’s just say that Josh copped some ribbing from the players after the below photo was shown to the playing group by Mitch Clisby.
Another photo that was given to me by one of the players was a picture of Josh in the wedding brochure for the Glen Ewin Estate. Josh looks pretty sharp in a suit as you can see in the picture provided. The player wanted to remain anonymous as there are wedding bells ringing and he is under the pump (according to his teammates) to take the plunge. We don’t like to keep things confidential in these editions so the playing group at the Roosters would like to say all the best to their team mate ... NICK AMATO.
After a player’s vote, Mitch Clisby, George Thring, Jay Shannon and Corey Grove round out the top 5 to tie the knot in 2016.
Josh Carr and Brad Dodd were both regarded as physical players during their playing days and they have both shown their competitive nature during pre-season trainings. Each Friday during our training sessions, the players are split into two teams with Josh coaching one side and Brad the other. The current win/loss record is 3-0 in favour of Josh which has Brad determined to win the next contest. Both Josh and Brad have strong views of how our team is shaping up with both starting to form some favourites within the playing group. Hopefully they don’t get physical with each other at the selection table when picking the round 1 team as both have good form during their playing careers as seen in the below pictures.
Board member Pat Hodby recently completed the New York marathon in a very respectable time of 6 hours 27 minutes and 33 seconds. Pat would be the first to admit that his preparation for the event wasn’t as elite as some of the other runners, but it was one of his bucket list items which has now been ticked off. Following the race there was plenty of rehydration required to replenish the body and get it back to a full working capacity. Pat, like a true blue Aussie, headed straight to the closest pub to down a nice cold beer.
From all at the Roosters, Amazing effort Pat!
Nick Amato has found himself again headlining one of our campaigns for 2016. In 2014, a photo of Nick was used in the SANFL promotion for the season which ended up finding a home on the front window of Adelaide Oval right behind the Barrie Robran statue. This year Nick again appears as our player on the membership action photo which features in the front window currently at Prospect Oval. This might explain the extra visits that the Amato family have been making lately to the home of the Roosters!
Recently at the tour down under street party, Max Thring was seen wandering through the crowd in one of our support staff polo shirts which the trainers wear after a game. It was raised by a few of his teammates that he looked like an impersonation of one of our fantastic support staff members, Duane Schmerl. Duane commits to every Wednesday night training session and every game during the season and rehydrates the playing group when required.
What are your thoughts???
Welcome to Tubby’s Tales. In this edition we will take a look at former skipper Greg Gallman taking an early mark of the year candidate, an injury to an important member of the game day staff, our physio becomes a superhero, Senior Coach Josh Carr impersonating Jason Day on the golf course, the new and improved club van and a few of the current players get a mention.
2015 skipper Greg Gallman has moved on from the Roosters in 2016 and is suiting up for Old Iggies in the Division 2 competition of the Amateur League. Greg is playing in the forward line for his new club and has let me know that he was wasted as a defender during his time at North Adelaide. Greg sent me this photo of himself early in the season suggesting that it should be added to the high flyers bar in the function room at Prospect Oval. It is great to see the old fella still having a kick and catch on suburban grounds.
It was a tough day at the office for the players against the Eagles in round 4 going down in a tight contest. It looks like it was a tougher day for one of our water runners – Mr Gary Stork who keeps telling me he is young enough to still get a game. Storky went down with the old man calf injury and was not happy about getting injured. Sticking to a strict recovery program, Storky didn’t miss a game and was back on deck for the win against Glenelg in round 6. Make sure you keep doing your calf raises Old Fella!
Donny Saleh is one of our physios from the My Physio team. Donny is a regular at training and games and provides the players with treatment as well as some light humour from time to time. Recently he went to a dress up party and couldn’t work out whether batman or superman was his favourite, so he went as both. I would call that sitting on the fence and reckon that Superman would win that battle. The photo suggests that Donny needs to utilise the great gym facilities that we have at Prospect to work on his chest size to fit out the famous ‘ S’ logo.
At the annual club golf day earlier this year, Josh Carr made an appearance on the tee blocks and showed some impressive form. Josh claims that it was a long time between rounds but it didn’t take him long to smoke a few down the middle and regain the touch he had when playing AFL football full time. A few players talk a good golf game but the Coach might have most of them covered.
The Club Van has had an upgrade recently with our great sponsor J&J Signs applying signage to the van. Woony and Muddy have control of the keys on match days and along with the rest of the support staff, do a great job transporting all that is required to get through a game of football. The sign that we all like the best is the one over the top of the rear doors which reads ‘Leave nothing behind’ which gives Woony a friendly reminder to do a final check but is also our 2016 slogan.
Recently after a win in the reserves, Derick Wanganeen and Andy Read were snapped celebrating the result in fine style. The lads look like they are trying to work out their dance moves for the evening and who is going to be the leading man.
Welcome to Tubby’s Tales. In this edition we will take a look at support staff member John Woon’s cooking talents and recent holiday, George Thring and Cohen Thiele strut their stuff on the golf course, a recap of the Gala Dinner with a board member front and centre on the dance floor, Brooksy getting ready for finals, Michael Virgin behind the microphone, Jordie McKenzie becomes a South Aussie and Josh Carr appears in the weekly Football Record. Enjoy.
Every Wednesday night the players are served soup following training which is cooked up by our popular chef ‘Gibbsy’. Recently, John Woon went to pick up the soup from the Northern Tavern on the way to training. Gibbsy wasn’t there when Woony arrived so he grabbed a couple of containers which looked like the soup. When Woony got back to the club to heat up the soup, he was a bit confused when he opened the containers to see tartare sauce inside instead of the pumpkin soup which we were told we were having. Woony tried to quickly return the sauce and pick up the soup before being noticed but unfortunately for him, our alert support staff spotted him loading the sauce into his car.
Recently, Woony went on holiday to the Gold Coast to find some sun and get out of Adelaide for a few days. Woony sent a cheeky photo to the support staff when he was away with his arms around the metre maids on the Gold Coast with the caption – where you would rather be!
A few weeks ago I decided to test out the golfing talents of George Thring & Cohen Thiele. George, Cohen, Josh Gregg and I ventured to the impressive Tea Tree Gully golf course for a round with average weather conditions greeting us on our arrival. Josh Gregg and I partnered up to take on George and Cohen with the best score from each pair being used on the score card. At the start of the round, Cohen and George put on their wet weather jackets. As you can see in the photo, they were identical and I am not sure if they got a 2 for 1 bargain at the shops or they were serious players and were sponsored by Nike. In a tense contest, Cohen nailed a 10 foot putt on the 18th hole to take victory by one shot. Thanks to Rod Hyde at the Tea Tree Gully Golf Club for the hit. The course and hospitality as always was top shelf.
The annual gala dinner is the biggest fund raiser of the year for the football club and was held in late June at the Wine Centre. The players all attended and had a great night. With help from our fabulous female office staff, here is the list for best dressed players in 2016;
1st Place – Lewis Hender
2nd Place – Jack Graham
3rd Place – Tom Schwarz
4th Place – Mitch Clisby
5th Place – Corey Grove
Best dance moves for the night – Pat Hodby
With finals football fast approaching, Reserves coach Craig Brooks has hit the gym to practice what he preaches to the playing group. Brooksy, who last year lost multiple competitions with Michael Handby in the weights room, is looking at getting his rig ready for the summer season. Often heard saying ‘you don’t get this massive just rolling out of bed’, Brooksy is confident that he has his playing group covered on the chin up bar! Great work Coach.
Recently at our home game against Central District, Michael Virgin was invited to help with special comments with the SANFL stream team. ‘Virg’ was impressive on debut behind the microphone, cracking a few jokes in-between giving good feedback to the listeners about the game. Virg has been contemplating taking the AFL commentary vacancy left by the great Dennis Cometti, but he has just started up his own electrical business called ‘Virg Electrical’ which is taking off and he wouldn’t have the time. If you need any electrical work looked at, make sure you get in touch with the Number 29 at North Adelaide, Michael Virgin.
Jordie McKenzie joined his good mate and Rooster’s skipper Mitch Clisby in representing the SANFL state team against the Vics earlier this year. Jordie, who claims to be a Victorian, looked comfortable in the red jumper of SA, and following the game he looked even more comfortable knocking back a stubby of West End Draught. Jordie is starting to see the light that being a South Australian is not that bad! All we need now is for Jordie to get locked in with a nice Adelaide girl and his transformation into a South Australian will be complete.
In a recent AFL record, Senior Coach Josh Carr appeared in the ‘NAME A PLAYER’ section. Looking at the photo, it looks like Josh has used a fair bit of product through his hair to get the desired look he was going for. Maybe the coach can give some style tips to some of our current players who spend too much time in front of the mirror following games, which makes them late for the after match presentations.
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