Merit award honour

HONOURED: Andrew 'Spud' Jenner (middle) with sons Shannon and Pat, wife Shurie and daughter Jamie Lee.
HONOURED: Andrew 'Spud' Jenner (middle) with sons Shannon and Pat, wife Shurie and daughter Jamie Lee.

Eastern Eyre Football League President Andrew ‘Spud’ Jenner has received a SANFL Merit award for his contribution to Australian football.

Over the last 35 years ‘Spud’ has been heavily involved in the Eastern Eyre Football League as a player, coach, umpire and president.

A member of the Cleve Football Club committee for 26 years, he won 10 premierships, seven best and fairests and coached at multiple levels for the club.

He has also been involved as a coach and player for the Cowell Football Club and now volunteers for Eastern Ranges Football Club as an umpire.

‘Spud’ has been president of the league since 2014, capping off an extraordinary level of involvement.

The award recognises his “long and valuable service to Australian Football in South Australia.”

Five SANFL Merit awards are handed out annually by the community branch of the state league. 

This year there was a focus on celebrating the volunteers of country football, with all awards going to people in regional areas.

Nominees must have completed a minimum of 15 years of outstanding service, and additional consideration is given to nominees who have volunteered across club, league and zone levels.

Along with his impressive list of club and league accolades, ‘Spud’ was also a Western Zone player and coached the side in 1996.

He was awarded the honour at the Adelaide Oval over the weekend at a presentation event.

He was surprised at the event with a crowd of extended family who made their way to the oval for the occasion.

‘Spud said the surprise made the day “extra special.”

He said he was “very appreciative” of the award, which came from a secret nomination by Eastern Ranges Football Club president Mark Hannemann.

“You don’t actually realise what you’ve done until someone writes it all down.”

Mr. Hannemann said he was “honoured” to witness the award, and it was “people like ‘Spud’ which make our club the great club it is today.