An icon of the Hills Football League and a dedicated member of the Bridgewater Callington Raiders Football Club, Andrew Frazer has been recognised for more than 20 years of service to community football with the 2019 SANFL Statewide Super Volunteer of the Year Award.
Andrew was named the winner last night at the Magarey Medal and Hall of Fame Dinner at Adelaide Oval, where he featured alongside seven other impressive finalists who were nominated by their respective clubs for their outstanding contributions to grassroots footy.
Andrew is currently a committee member and Facilities Manager at Bridgewater Callington Raiders Football Club and is also a 300-game player, club legend and a life member. After his playing career ended in the mid-1990s, he turned his attention to helping the club off the field, investing significant time into junior development and demonstrating strong leadership when the club needed it most.
Andrew worked tirelessly following the devastating flooding of the Bridgewater changerooms in 2016, leading a campaign to transform the joint facilities at both Bridgewater and Callington ovals. The transformation of the facilities into modern clubrooms has enabled increased utilisation by men’s and women’s teams at all levels, ensuring that the Bridgewater Callington Raiders Football Club continues to flourish.
SANFL Community Football Manager Matt Duldig said Andrew’s efforts embody the spirit of community football in South Australia and that he was a deserving winner of this year’s SANFL Statewide Super Volunteer of the Year Award.
“Andrew has invested a huge amount of time, blood, sweat and tears into his beloved local club for well over 20 years,” he said.
“His contributions to junior development and leading the charge when the club needed it most have no doubt made a significant difference to both the club and the wider community.
“Andrew embodies the true Aussie Rules spirit in everything he does and should rightfully be considered a local legend.”
Andrew is both humbled and honoured to receive the award, and said he is driven by his passion for Australian Rules, mateship and his community.
“I was very surprised to be named the winner. I love my club and working with the community every week to ensure the doors remain open and even more kids can get involved in the sport,” Andrew said.
“I love being involved in football, it is my passion. Volunteering comes easy but it is not without sacrifice.”
Andrew runs his own successful landscaping business so there isn’t a lot of spare time after his business, volunteering and caring for his family.
In addition to steering the club through its time of crisis in 2016, Andrew has also been a key facilitator in increasing participation numbers at the Bridgewater Callington Raiders Football Club. He started the first Auskick centre at Bridgewater in the 1990s, which continues to this day and had more than 35 kids enrolled in 2019, and the club now has more than 300 registered players, officials and coaches at all levels.
As the winner, Andrew has also been named the South Australian AFL State Volunteer of the Year and acknowledged for his achievement with two tickets to the Toyota AFL Grand Final, including two return flights, accommodation in Melbourne and the opportunity to walk in the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade.
Presenting the award last night, Statewide Super Chief Executive Tony D’Alessandro said Statewide Super and SANFL are proud to celebrate the local footy heroes who make the game great on and off the field.
“It’s important to recognise and reward volunteers like Andrew who dedicate their time and energy to help create engaged communities, enduring friendships and enriched lives,” he said.
“To those who coach, umpire, cook the weekend BBQ and aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves, we thank you for your efforts, all of which don’t go unnoticed.”
CENTRAL DISTRICT ZONE
YEARS OF SERVICE – 3
YEARS OF SERVICE – 23
Types of Service: Club Committee Member, Secretary, Team Manager roles
NORTH ADELAIDE ZONE
YEARS OF SERVICE – 50
1959 First played for Fitzroy U/14
1963 Played one year with Kilkenny Cats – now known as Woodville South
1964 Played until 1978 for Brompton FC “A” Grade
1979 -1980 Played B Grade as Captain/Coach
1974-1978 Committee Member for two years as Club Secretary, this included two years on Sub-committee to push for the new club rooms.
1982-85 Coached school boy football & cricket for Maddison Park School
1987 Assistant Coach for Gumeracha U14s
1989-1990 Goal Umpire for U17 Eudunda Football Club
1993-2009 Junior Coach at Fitzroy Football Club
1995-2016 Fitzroy Junior Football Club Committee Member
1997-2016 Fitzroy Junior Football Club Delegate for NEMJFA Junior Football League
2015-2019 President Fitzroy Junior Football Club
2007–2019 Responsible for ground set up and line marking for junior football matches
TEA TREE GULLY FC
YEARS OF SERVICE – 9
Types of Service: Junior Club President, Coach, Auskick Coordinator
SOUTH ADELAIDE ZONE
YEARS OF SERVICE – 53
BRIDGEWATER CALLINGTON RAIDERS FC
YEARS OF SERVICE – 20+
Types of Service: Current Committee member – Facilities Manager, match day set up, junior coaching clinics, Auskick coordinator, canteen and merchandise support. Life Member, 300 games played.
WEST ADELAIDE ZONE
YEARS OF SERVICE – 10
Types of Service: Club Secretary, Under 6/7 Auskick Coach, Social Media Manger, Merchandise Manager, Kitchen helper
WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS ZONE
YEARS OF SERVICE – 51
Types of Service: Club Committee Member, League Committee, Coach, Interchange Steward, Club Equipment Coordinator, Club Grounds Manager/Curator, Building Committee organiser, cleaner, Grounds curator, ball boy, timekeeper