2018 SANFL KEY VOLUNTEERS DINNER

Published on: Nov 16 2018 | Author: Zac Milbank |

SANFL has recognised more than 50 of its most dedicated volunteers at its annual awards ceremony held at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

Headed by AFL Merit Award winner Colin Cocks and Statewide Super Volunteer of the Year Michael Fogarty, the selfless army of recipients also included Multicultural Ambassador of the Year Deepak Bhardwaj.

A bevy of Auskick Coordinators from SANFL’s eight development zones, together with AFL Schools Ambassadors, were also fittingly recognised.

Cocks’ involvement has spanned 15 years, with the passionate advocate for junior football sinking his teeth into his role as Woodville-West Torrens Zone Manager for Primary School football.

Originally the Lockleys North Primary School delegate, Cocks has also rolled up the sleeves to run the Canteen and BBQ for eight years.

His role as Eagles Zone Manager has included managing a Saturday morning competition consisting of more than 30 teams, ensuring he is across issues such as venue availability and fundraising.

”As Zone Convenor, Colin has thrived over the last 5 years, ensuring that Woodville-West Torrens’ school football has become one of the strongest in the metropolitan area,” SANFL Team Leader for Community and Participation, Paul Streatfield, said.

”He puts in countless hours, ensuring all schools are represented equally and fairly.  He also keeps an eye on developments and ideas from other zones and junior leagues through his involvement with SANFL representatives.  Colin is a very worthy recipient of the AFL Merit Award.”

Bhardwaj has displayed great leadership by inspiring leaders from Indian, Pakistani, Afghani, Nepalese, Chinese and African communities to engage with football, drawing in new volunteers who are now equally passionate about Australian Football to help shape multicultural programs at SANFL.

He has also assisted SANFL activations at multicultural festivals throughout 2018 while emerging as a key driver behind the inaugural SANFL Nations Cup Festival in 2019 – a competition of of multicultural nations with a trophy awarded to the best competing country.

2018 SANFL Multicultural Ambassador of the Year, Deepak Bhardwaj

2018 SANFL KEY VOLUNTEER AWARD WINNERS

AFL MERIT AWARD
Colin Cocks  SANFL/Woodville-West Torrens

SANFL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Michael Fogarty     North Adelaide Football Club

SANFL SERVICE AWARDS
Nicki Sharrod                     5 Years
George Gregory                5 Years
Steve Dirksen                    10 Years
Ian Bone                              10 Years
Colin Cocks                         15 Years

SANFL RETIREMENT AWARDS
Steve Dirksen                    Glenelg Football Club
Lucy Herde                        Sturt Football Club
Deb Wilton                        South Adelaide Football Club

AFL SCHOOL AMBASSADOR ZONE AWARDS
Nick Skewes                       Central District Football Club
Matt Bradley                      Central District Football Club
Michael Triantafilakis      North Adelaide Football Club
Darren Woolford              North Adelaide Football Club
Michael Niedzwiecki       Norwood Football Club
Sherie Watson                   Norwood Football Club
Jason King                           South Adelaide Football Club
Trina Doig                            South Adelaide Football Club
Jeff Wray                             Sturt Football Club
Josh Coulter                       Sturt Football Club
Jill Annicchiarico               West Adelaide Football Club
Peter Safralidis                  West Adelaide Football Club
Chris Catalano                   Woodville – West Torrens Football Club
Craig Fitzgerald                 Woodville – West Torrens Football Club
Jamie Meredith                Glenelg Football Club
Tony O’Connell                 Glenelg Football Club

AFL SCHOOL AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR – PRIMARY
Michael Triantafilakis      North Adelaide Football Club

AFL SCHOOL AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR – SECONDARY
Paul Loughhead                South Adelaide Football Club

BEST FIRST YEAR SCHOOL AMBASSADOR
Jake Summerton              Glenelg Football Club

MULTICULTURAL AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR
Deepak Bhardwaj                                                                                                                                                 

SCHOOL FOOTBALL SERVICE AWARDS
Leoni Fairall
Phil Pearce
Graham Badcock
Stephen Day
Tony O’Connell
Troy McKinnon
David Serotzki

NAB AFL AUSKICK COORDINATOR ZONE AWARDS
George Gregory                Central District Football Club
Drew Koch                          Central District Football Club
Justin Murray                    Glenelg Football Club
Andrew Janeway             Glenelg Football Club
Leon Semmens                 North Adelaide Football Club
Andrew Congdon             North Adelaide Football Club
Stuart Clark                         Norwood Football Club
Darren Hunt                       Norwood Football Club
Ben Rylander                     South Adelaide Football Club
Sarah Eatts                          South Adelaide Football Club
Angus McGregor              Sturt Football Club
Pedro Martins                   Sturt Football Club
Tom Haegi                           West Adelaide Football Club
Nola Connor                       West Adelaide Football Club
Adam Ozols                        Woodville West Torrens Football Club
Tim Dalla                              Woodville West Torrens Football Club

 NAB AFL AUSKICK COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR
Drew Koch                          Central District Football Club

SANFL VOLUNTEER AWARDS
Michael Triantafilakis      Central District Football Club
Kym Steer                           Glenelg Football Club
Michael Fogarty                 North Adelaide Football Club
Spiro Kalafatis                    Norwood Football Club
Sax Siegert                          Norwood Football Club
Darcy Springhall                South Adelaide Football Club
Julie Fox                               Sturt Football Club
Phil Ogden                          Sturt Football Club
James Atkins                      West Adelaide Football Club
Butch Wait                          West Adelaide Football Club
Karen McLoy                      Woodville West Torrens Football Club
Sarah Campbell                 Woodville West Torrens Football Club

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