'Scratch' Lovegrove recognised for sporting commitment

COMMUNITY AWARD: Eastern Ranges president Mark Hannemann, Darryl 'Scratch' Lovegrove and Pringles Crouch Cleve and Kimba branch manager Danny Nagel.
COMMUNITY AWARD: Eastern Ranges president Mark Hannemann, Darryl 'Scratch' Lovegrove and Pringles Crouch Cleve and Kimba branch manager Danny Nagel.

Darryl ‘Scratch’ Lovegrove is a well known face around the football fields of Eastern Eyre Peninsula, donating his time to his beloved sport and now he has been rewarded for it.

The Cleve Football Club life member was chosen as the latest Pringles Crouch Extraordinary Person Award winner.

Pringles Crouch invited local football and netball clubs to submit a nomination during the 2017 winter sports season and at the end of the season, the nominees’ photos and profiles were put on Facebook for public voting.

Mr Lovegrove received a $200 incentive cash development award from Pringles Crouch and an extra $500 for his club Eastern Ranges, on top of the business’s usual sponsorship.

A Pringles Crouch spokesperson said the company was delighted to be able to recognise Mr Lovegrove with this award.

“Scratch is a perfect example of what a volunteer should be and looking at all the comments from the people who voted for him on our Facebook page a lot of you agree,” the spokesperson said.

Mr Lovegrove thanked Pringles Crouch for its ongoing support and promotion of volunteering.

He has spent almost 40 years volunteering his time for local football, both on and off the field.

He has covered all aspects in the Cleve Sporting Bodies, Eastern Ranges and local leagues.

After the amalgamation of the Cleve and Rudall clubs, Mr Lovegrove continued his outstanding involvement and has been instrumental in Eastern Ranges’ success, from opening the gate to umpiring the juniors, then onto boundary umpiring A grade all on the same day.

His way with words has made his newspaper articles ‘Scratch on Sport’ an icon in the community.

His other roles have included being a committee member, club secretary, treasurer, umpire coordinator and club record officer for the Cleve Football Club and president of the Cleve Sporting Bodies.

He has also been league recorder, clearance secretary, footy web manager, web trainer for league and clubs, league umpire, league umpire panel and local newspaper correspondent for the Eastern Eyre Football League.

This is in addition to being an umpire, umpire coordinator, public officer, Footy Pulse coordinator and secretary for Eastern Ranges Football Club while also being instrumental in setting up the Eastern Ranges Club.

He played 320 games for Cleve Football Club and one for Eastern Ranges.

Voting will open soon for the 2017/18 Pringles Crouch Extraordinary Person, with three nominees from the Eastern Eyre.