At last night’s Annual General Meeting of the Manly Warringah Football Association, four people were acknowledged for their tireless contribution to football on the Northern Beaches.
Congratulations to Tony Davies who was awarded the Football NSW State Award and Wayne Brown (Avalon SC), Stuart Nairn (Dee Why FC) and Linda Wright (Seaforth FC) received an MWFA Meritorious Service Award.
Football NSW | State Award | Tony Davies
Tony commenced his involvement in Football in 1980 when his son joined Beacon Hill Youth Club / Football Club in an Under 7 team as a Manager and Assistant Coach. In 1983 he became Coach of the team & continued until 1989, developing the teams from 10 div 5 to 16 div 1;
After his son decided to leave Football, Tony took up a role of Manager with an 10-5 team of new-comers in 2000 and ending with the All Age Division 1 team in 2008;
Tony started attending Beacon Hill Football Club Meetings in 1980 as Assistant Secretary and in 1982 became Secretary of the Beacon Hill Youth Club/Football through to 2008.
From 1982, he acted as Assistant and Delegate from Beacon Hill YC / Football to the MWFA and attended Council of Clubs Meetings.
During the twenty-nine years from 1980 till 2008, inclusive, Tony had many Club roles other than Secretary, ie Competition Secretary, Insurance Officer, Child Protection Officer, Archives Officer, Results Officer, Newsletter Officer, Delegate to Beacon Hill Youth Club, Delegate to MWFA Council of Clubs, Presentations Co-ordinator, Friday Night Info Sessions Co-ordinator, Coaching Assistant to Coaches, Club Web Site Developer as well as many other tasks that cropped up especially when the Club was still growing and volunteers were hard to find;
In 1999 he became the Assistant Secretary of the MWFA, which is a position he remains in today.
Tony is the MWFA Results-Liaison Officer for Football NSW State Cups, as well as for Champion-of-Champions Tournament (2007 to current) and attends all Manly based games to ensure all runs smoothly. From 2007, Tony also volunteers as an Official at matches in FNSW Cups and Champion of Champions Tournaments, especially their Semi-Finals and Finals.
In 2014 he was elected as MWFA Vice-President Miniroos Football and runs referee course for these age groups at the beginning of each season.
Tony received Life Membership of the Beacon Hill Youth Club, in 1990 and Life Patron in 2014 and was awarded a meritorious service award for service to Football in Manly Warringah in 2004.
MWFA | Meritorious Service Award | Wayne Brown
The Avalon Soccer Club is proud to nominate Wayne Brown for a MWFA Meritorious Service Award in 2016.
Wayne has been an incredible assess to the Avalon Soccer Club.
He has been involved in the club over 15 years as a player, coach, volunteer, executive committee member, club treasurer and sponsor.
Wayne initially got involved with the club when one of his daughters decided to play for Avalon.
He eventually coached his daughters team for many years.
Besides coaching his daughters team Wayne has been committed to supporting girls and women’s football on a bigger scale.
Wayne has coached all different girls age groups and even had a stint as the Women’s PL Coach for two seasons.
He is always the first to offer his coaching time when the club has a coach vacancy.
Not only has he coached many teams over the years but he continues to sponsor them as well. And its not only the team he coaches.
One season he organised Kitbags for all Under 16 girls teams in the club!
This year he became the Avalon Soccer Clubs major sponsor as well by sponsoring our Men’s AL1 Squad and Women’s Premier League Squad.
On top of this he has been a great supporter and sponsor of Women’s Football at Manly Utd FC for many years.
Every Sat morning Wayne gets to the club at 6am to assist with the ground set up and then races back to his busy company Brown Bros Skip Bins for a few hours work before pulling on his boots to play for the Over 45s in the afternoon.
There is no time for rest as Sundays is his coaching day with the girls.
For the past 5 years he has been treasurer at the club and a member of the Executive Committee.
He has won Women’s Coach of the Year and last year the Clubman of the Year Award as well.
Wayne is the total package and its been an honour to have him involved with the Avalon Soccer Club.
MWFA | Meritorious Service Award | Stuart Nairn
With background and culture of football from his days with Hanwell Town in England Stu moved to Australia and joined DYFC in 1999 when he coached u16s with Liam Whelan. We stepped up as manager prem ressies in 2001 and they won the comp. Stu was then part of the PL coaching team until 2008.
Stu also coached his son Sams team from U6 up right though to teenage years.
In 2012 he teamed up with Martin Hegg to run AL1 as Dee Why tried to get back into PL. Finally in 2015 Stu and Adam Dickson were named as join PL coaches and took the team to their highest league position in a decade.
Stu joined the committee in 2002. As Registrar, intrim treasurer and gear steward he held a few roles on the Committee. As MWFA delegate he is a well-known face at the Association. He has been involved with the DYFC committee for almost 15 years, currently as Vice President to Alex Wise.
Stu has also had a run more recently in o35 and opened his international account for the MWFA o45 side vs Brazil recently.
Behind the scenes Stu works tirelessly for the club: he has stocked the canteen, and continues to be there to put the box goals and mark the fields. He was awarded Life Membership of the Club in 2014 and in our view deserves an MWFA acknowledgement for the work he has done.
MWFA | Meritorious Service Award | Linda Wright
Seaforth Football Club would like to nominate Linda Wright for the Meritorious Service Award for 2016
In support of our nomination we submit the following
Linda first joined Seaforth football club in 1996 where she became manager of her son Jacksons team
She also managed her youngest son Curtis team as well
In 2016 after the retirement of long serving canteen manager Pam Dalby she was asked if she would take up the role of canteen supervisor buy her husband Richard just for one year only until the club could find someone to do it
Also in that time treasurer Robert Carrolo also stepped down as Treasurer of the club
Linda knew what was coming and once again was made an offer she could not refuse by her husband and president of Seaforth Richard
Linda then became treasurer of the club
She has held both of these positions until today
Her Saturday shift would last for 12 hours first supervising the canteen from 7.30am till 3 pm and then as anyone who has been to any of the SFC Premier league games will know that after Linda finishes down stairs she then moves upstairs to cook for the Premier League side after their game, she also tends to the licensed bar as well
Finishing her day around 7pm on Saturday nights when she can sit down after the day and have a glass of her favorite wine
Her knowledge of accounting procedures has helped the club immensely, in the role as treasurer, which has left the club in a financial position that would please any clubs
I think that anybody that knows or has come across Linda will agree her dedication and commitment to Seaforth Football Club for so many years cannot be faltered, and we recommend that she be considered for the award.