SANFL HONOURS LIFE MEMBERS

Published on: Mar 13 2018 | Author: SANFL |

SANFL has honoured a host of star players and its first female League Life Member at its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday night.

Long-time Football Park Stadium Manager Sharon Stephens was fittingly awarded League Life Membership after acting in her role for 27 years at West Lakes before starting in her current capacity from 2014 as Stadium Manager at Adelaide Oval.

Starting with SANFL in 1986, Stephens was a pillar of strength during the Stadium’s continual evolution due to the introduction of South Australia’s two AFL teams – Adelaide in 1991 and Port Adelaide in 1997.

”When Sharon started with SANFL in 1986, Football Park would really only come under the national spotlight a few times a year,” said SA Football Commission Chairman John Olsen AO.

“Five years later, the arrival of the Crows would change all that, bringing big crowds and national scrutiny every other weekend. The introduction of Port Adelaide in 1997 would raise things to another level again.

“Those that know her were not the least surprised when the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority turned to Sharon when it came to selecting a safe pair of hands for Australia’s newest – and best – stadium.

“The results she has achieved speak for themselves and it is little wonder she is often described as the best stadium manager in Australia. It is therefore a delight to recognise Sharon with League Life Membership of SANFL.”

Loyal West Adelaide League Director Paul Sperling was also awarded SANFL League Life Membership for his service to his beloved Bloods.

Serving on West’s board for a total of 16 years, Sperling has been in his current role as the Bloods’ League Director since 2008. He also acted as the club’s President from 2007 until 2012.

In 2017, SANFL Player Life Member rules were amended to include Adelaide Football Club and Port Adelaide Football Club games in a player’s total as long as 150 SANFL games were part of the minimum total of 200 matches.

This ensured six players would receive SANFL Player Life Membership – Darren Jarman, Rodney Maynard, Stephen Rowe, Greg Anderson, Scott Hodges and Sean Tasker.

DARREN JARMAN

Adelaide Football Club – 121 games
North Adelaide Football Club – 144 games
South Australia – 12 games
City v Country – 1 game
TOTAL – 278 games

RODNEY MAYNARD

Adelaide Football Club – 81 games
Norwood Football Club – 157 games
South Australia – 3 games
TOTAL – 241 games

STEPHEN ROWE

Adelaide Football Club – 29 games
Norwood Football Club – 185 games
South Australia – 3 games
TOTAL – 217 games

GREG ANDERSON

Adelaide Football Club – 59 games
Port Adelaide Football Club (SANFL) – 149 games
South Australia – 12 games
TOTAL – 220 games

SCOTT HODGES

Adelaide Football Club – 38 games
Port Adelaide Football Club (SANFL) – 183 games
South Australia – 2 games
City v Country – 1 game
TOTAL – 224 games

SEAN TASKER

Adelaide Football Club – 48 games
North Adelaide Football Club – 119 games
Glenelg Football Club – 22 games
Sturt Football Club – 14 games
South Australia – 3 games
TOTAL – 206 games

SANFL PLAYER LIFE MEMBERSHIP – 200 GAMES

STEVEN SUMMERTON

Port Adelaide Football Club (SANFL) – 210 games, 147 goals from 2006 until 2017
SANFL West End State Team – 3 matches

SANFL UMPIRING LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Three SANFL Umpires have had their outstanding dedication recognised with SANFL Umpiring Life Membership – Field Umpire Andrew Crosby, Goal Umpire Matt Cummins and Boundary Umpire Sean Burton.

ANDREW CROSBY (Field Umpire)

Commenced with SANFL in 2005
211 League matches
2014 & 2016 SANFL Grand Finals
2014 & 2015 Most Dedicated Umpire

MATT CUMMINS (Goal Umpire)

Commenced with SANFL in 2006
League Matches (as at end of 2017 season) – 212
SANFL League Grand Finals: 6 (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016)
Golden Flags Award: 4 (2007, 2008, 2012, 2016)
SANFLUA Most Dedicated Goal Umpire: (2017)

SEAN BURTON (Boundary Umpire)

SANFL Umpiring Academy (2003)
SANFL League Grand Finals: 5 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 & 2016
2013 Silver Whistle for Best & Fairest Boundary Umpire in SA
31 AFL games

SANFL MERIT AWARDS

DR DAVID MARTIN – STURT FC

Sturt’s club doctor since 1998, Dr Martin has coordinated the medical roster, including rostering himself for games throughout each season.
He has been instrumental in securing the services of other practitioners for the club’s medical roster, and was awarded Sturt FC Life Membership in 2006.

DOUG STEVENS – SOUTH ADELAIDE FC

Stevens started with the Panthers in 1995, after spending the five years previous with Blackwood Football Club.
He was appointed to the position of head trainer at South Adelaide in 1999, a role he continues to work in currently.

SANFL SERVICE AWARD

PHIL STONE – STURT FC

Stone has been involved with Sturt since 1998, when he was a member of the Double Blues’ Board.  During this time, he assisted the club in the membership space, before taking up a full-time role as Membership Services Officer in 2010.

During his time at Sturt, Phil has been instrumental in growing and maintaining the club’s membership database, and is always one of the first to volunteer at club events and on match days. He was awarded Life Membership of Sturt in 2007.

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