2017 Mortlock Shield preview

Get ready for a big long weekend of football as the annual Mortlock Shield carnival takes place in Port Lincoln on Saturday and Monday.

Will Eastern Eyre make it two in a row? Will the EP Shark Warriors reclaim top spot with AFL player Shaun Burgoyne on board as coach? Lincoln Districts go one better? How will Far North do in its first Mortlock Shield?

Have a look at how each of the teams are looking ahead of this weekend. See you all at the footy!

Chairperson’s message

It is my great privilege to welcome all visitors, players, officials, umpires and supporters of football to Port Lincoln this long weekend for the longest running inter-association football carnival in Australia. The Mortlock Shield and Port Adelaide Cup have been permanent fixtures on the Eyre Peninsula football calendars for many years now. 

The weekend is more than just about the footy; friendships formed over many years are rekindled, families often travel together for a well-earned break away from home and the social aspect of the weekend is always alive and well, from Friday night through to Monday evening.

The Mortlock Shield competition continues to be enhanced by the continued involvement of the EP Shark Warriors side and also the return of the Far North Football League. I am sure that many people will attend to see these expat Eyre Peninsula lads as well as the Far North footballers perform in the pressure cooker environment of the Mortlock Shield. 

How exciting is it to see two ex AFL players taking on the coaching duties for the EP Sharks team this year. Michael Coad is an ex Tumby Bay boy and brings with him the experience from Sturt FC and also the Gold Coast Suns, and Shaun Burgoyne requires no introduction as a premiership player with both Hawthorn and of course Port Adelaide. 

Michael will coach the Sharks on Saturday and Shaun will take over for the game on Monday. What a coup for the Sharks – we welcome both of these EP ex-pats back to Lincoln.

As has been reported, last year was the final time we saw Kangaroo Island as part of the competition. Unfortunately, they were unable to continue to commit to their involvement in the carnival and have subsequently chosen to forgo their place within the competition. 

We welcome the Far North Football League back to the Mortlock Shield and look forward to a long association with them. I am sure that Trevor ‘Boof’ Grenfell and Marty Leslie will bring with them a very competitive side.

Our sponsors are a critical component to the success of the championships and we thank Bendigo Bank for continuing to be our gold sponsor. Their commitment to the local community is unquestionable and they are a perfect fit for such a carnival in our region. To our many other sponsors we thank you for your support. 

It is our responsibility to support these sponsors whenever we can as this is the value they place on their support of such a weekend. Quite simply, without their support we cannot conduct such a great weekend of footy, so let’s support them back!

We acknowledge the achievements of three icons of Eyre Peninsula football who will be inducted as life members of the Mortlock Shield at the dinner on Saturday night. We congratulate Andrew Buckham (Mid West), Scott Feltus (Mid West), Brock Jantke (Port Lincoln) this year. 

The guest speaker at this year’s Life Members Dinner will be Wayne Phillips who is well known to all South Australians as a test and Sheffield Shield cricketer and media personality. ‘Flipper’ will have many a good yarn to share with us on Saturday night.

The Mortlock Shield Inc committee has worked hard over the past few months to ensure the championship continues to grow and develop. 

Initiatives started last year such as the provision of “live streaming” to YouTube will continue with an expansion to include the final two games on Saturday and Monday this year; where, by utilising modern technology, we will allow more people from across the globe to access the football at Mortlock. 

Our thanks to Radio 5CC for their commitment to broadcasting these games on Saturday and Monday. 

We welcome a new patron this year. Mr Peter Treloar has kindly agreed to be the patron of the Mortlock Shield for 2017. When asked, Peter immediately agreed and said he was delighted to take up this role for the carnival which has such strong roots within our EP community. 

My personal thanks to members of the Mortlock Shield Inc committee: Mr Peter Treloar MP (patron), Mr Brock Jantke (secretary), Ms Sandy Rodd (treasurer), Ms Robyn Rowsell, Mr Daryl Montgomerie, Mr Don Smith for their diligence and hard work in preparing this year’s carnival which I am sure you will agree is a fantastic occasion. 

Our umpires coordinators; Brett Howell and Quinn Dutschke have been instrumental in ensuring the carnival is officiated to a high standard. To all others who will help make the weekend a success from gatekeepers, water boys, canteen and bar workers, trainers, team managers, timekeepers and so on I thank you for the work you do. 

We can never play a game of football without the enormous amount of help and support provided by all these volunteers. Once again, on behalf of the Mortlock Shield Inc committee I welcome all our visitors to town and trust you enjoy everything about the 2017 Mortlock Shield weekend.

Richard Horgan – chairperson

Life members

Brock Jantke (Port Lincoln)

Brock Jantke has been nominated for life membership in recognition of his services to the Mortlock Shield carnival. Jantke has been secretary of the Mortlock Shield committee since 2007 and before this was assistant secretary.

Along with his Mortlock duties Jantke has also been secretary for the EP Zone, in that time he has supported five different presidents. Lincoln City and Lincoln Districts believe Jantke has contributed greatly to the Mortlock Shield and EP football during the past 10 years and is worthy of life membership.

Andrew Buckham (Mid West)

Since arriving to the Eyre Peninsula in the late 1980s Andrew Buckham has contributed greatly to the Mortlock Shield and Eyre Peninsula football. As a player Buckham represented Lincoln Districts, Mid West and Far West and after retiring in 2004 he moved behind the scenes at Mid West.

In the league his roles have included league delegate, time keeper and central umpire and he has been a committee member at EP Zone and carnival level. His work has allowed him to continue his involvement with the Mortlock Shield, even after his playing days concluded.

Scott Feltus (Mid West)

Western Districts’ Scott Feltus has been a tremendous stalwart for Mid West. Last year saw Feltus play in his 15th straight Mortlock Shield carnival and along the way was involved with the EP team for 14 years, mostly as a player but recently as a selector/runner.

Feltus has five Bampton Medals as best player of the carnival and four Crosby Medals as runner up. A humble high achiever, Feltus is active at junior level to assist mentoring younger players via the Norwood/EP Academy.