Pictured - Graham Wandel receiving his AFL Merit award
Mid West congratulates all award recipients, including Far West Secretary Brad Bowman and Eastern Eyre President Andrew Jenner. Awards were presented at the Community Football Dinner at Adelaide Oval on 6th October 2018
The SANFL announcement follows here with thanks to Zac Milbank:
AFL MERIT AWARD
Graeme Wandel (North Eastern Football League)
225 A Grade games for Blyth and Blyth Snowtown (BSFC) including 2 premierships
B Grade coach for BSFC – 1987-88
Committee member BSFC 1987-2006
President of BSFC – 2001-2003
Vice president of BSFC – 1999, 2000 & 2004
Secretary of BSFC – 1989-1998
Treasurer of BSFC – 1988
Goal Umpire North Eastern Football League (NEFL) – 2003-2018
Advocate to NEFL 1993-1997
North Eastern Football League President – 2007 – 2009
Central Zone – Regional Director/Regional Football Advisory Council Member 2009-Current
SANFL Community Football Committee Member – 2014- Current
Inaugural Life Member of the BSFC in 2009
Life Member of Blyth FC
COUNTRY PHN ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Community Football Administrator of the year is awarded to someone who demonstrates
Dedicated and committed approach to Administrative position held for the League
Demonstrates initiative and motivation to identified League duties
Supportive of Community Football Policy and Programs
Bradley Bowman – Far West Football League Secretary
“Although it is only his second year in the position it is clear he will have a huge impact on the future of football in our League,” Far West Football League President Ron Redford said.
”He is methodical, accurate, knowledgeable and very professional in his approach, he leaves nothing to chance and makes sure that he is on top of every situation.
”His personal attributes are many, he is personable, easy to get along with and will assist with any issues that may arise, he is also strong and when required prepared to stand his ground.
”The loyalty and advice he provides me as President of the league is invaluable, he keeps me fully informed and has already made his mark amongst administrators from the other Leagues and Associations in our Zone.
”He has worked with all clubs in the Far West Football League and dealt with their issues quickly and effectively, he also had involvement in the Mortlock Shield, Kinlough Cup, Mail Medal Count and many other aspects of football on the Eyre Peninsula.”
SANFL MERIT AWARDS
Janet Bache (Southern Football League)
Southern Football League Secretary 1981-2005
Southern Football League Life Member – 1992
Great Southern Football League History & Hall of Fame Committee Member 2015-2018
Southern Football League Hall of Fame Inductee 2007
Glenelg Football Club Merit Award – 1997
Peter Ey (Mid South East Football League)
Mid South Eastern League President 2 Years – 1985-1987
Mid South Eastern Committee Member 5 Years – 1980-1984
19 years as a football player -1959-1977 including 330 A grade games and over 1000 goals
League Best & Fairest – 1963, plus 3 runner ups – 1962, 1964, 1966
League Life Membership awarded in 1988
10 years of Mid South Eastern FL representation – coach and player
Glencoe Senior coach 1965-1970 – 2 premierships
Tantanoola Best & Fairest – 1960, 1962, 1963 & 1964
League Leading Goal kicker – 1969, 1970, 1971 & 1974
John (Snag) McCarthy (Northern Areas Football Association)
1974 to 1976 treasurer of Jamestown Appila.
1981 to 1986 secretary Jamestown Appila.
2002 president Jamestown Appila.
In 2003, Jamestown Appila and Peterborough combined and John was president of Jamestown Peterborough in 2003 and 2004.
Jamestown Appila Life Member.
Jamestown has a 2 court netball and basketball indoor stadium with indoor cricket nets next to the football oval. This shed was an aircraft hangar at Edinburgh. John was chairman of the committee which oversaw the construction of the Big Shed.
NAFA Secretary 2011 –
NAFA team manager for A grade association team.
Northern Zone team manager at Country Championships.
Gordon Tonkin (Great Southern Football League)
RFAC Southern Zone Delegate – 3 years
Southern Districts Zone – 2008-2018
Great Southern Football League President – 2008-2018
Great Southern Football League Tribunal – 2008-2018
Great Southern Football League Life Member – 2018
Langhorne Creek Football Club – 2002-2008
Andrew (Spud) Jenner (Eastern Eyre Peninsula Football League)
Eyre Peninsula Coach -1996
Eyre Peninsula Player – 1988
Eastern Eyre Football League President – 2014 -2018
Mortlock Shield Life Membership – 1998
Eastern Eyre FL Coach – 1988-1992
Eastern Eyre/Country Jervios League Player – 15 years
Eastern Eyre League Selector – 8 years
Cleve Football Club President – 2000-2009
Cleve Football Club Committee Member – 1985-2011
Club Coach – Cowell Football Club (1990), Cleve Football Club (1995-1999 & 2011)
Eastern Rangers Club Umpire – 2012-2018
Cleve Football Club Life Membership
Merit Award Winner Andrew Jenner and family
Best Community Football Coverage
Matt Turner: The Messenger
Matt demonstrated quality in his writing and put a lot of thought and time into each of his pieces, particularly the Marion Football Club rags to riches story and the Best School teams campaign. He’s captured the serious side of the Marion story with the Rams’ coach having to recover from a heart attack amid the finals campaign while also detailing the success on field.
Best Community Football Photography Coverage
Paul Lack – Mt Barker Courier
Paul captured some perfect action moments which were highlighted by Nairne-Bremer’s Bayden Willis taking a spectacular mark during the Hills Football League Division 2 Reserves Elimination Final against Kangarilla.