Due to them each reaching the 200 game milestone in 2019, we are proud to award Steve Crapper, Anthony “Bluey” McGlinn and Ash Viney with Life Membership.
Steve Crapper has had an illustrious career with the Marcellin Old Collegians. Beginning his career as a school boy in the Under 19s, Steve has played in all teams in his 16 years with the club and was a member of the Reserves 2013 Premiership team.
Close friend Jonathon Bortolotto had the following to say about Steve:
Saturday marks the 200th time Steve Crapper will run out for the Marcellin Eagles.
Steve began his career way back in 2003 and has been a valuable member ever since. A crafty half forward with a great goal sense, playing the majority of his career in the Reserves, Steve was also a solid contributor in the Seniors when the club was back in A Grade.
No doubt that Steve’s career highlight is the 2013 Reserves premiership in which he played a major part in, and the team went undefeated the whole year. As far as teammates go you won’t find anyone more committed and loyal.
Scrappy congratulations on an amazing achievement and congratulations on becoming a life member of our great club.
One of the toughest players at the club, Bluey has had a successful tenure in the Marcellin guernsey. Winning a Premiership in the Under 19s in 2005, Bluey has generated success through his football consistently over his career. Furthermore, Bluey recently took out our Thirds Best and Fairest from playing only half the season.
Former teammate Daniel Redmond said the following about Bluey’s career.
Bluey joined the club after graduating from Marcellin College in 2003 and was an integral part of the U/19s premiership team in 2005. The club’s first premiership in the U/19 Premier Division. Since that time, Bluey has earned the respect and admiration of his peers, supporters and opponents for his ruthless, unrelenting and tenacious attack on the football.
He is the epitome of a Marcellin footballer: skilful, dedicated, team-orientated and resilient; all of which have seen him win numerous club awards.
While he is relatively quiet and unassuming off the field, he lets his actions on the field do the talking. A much loved and admired teammate, we congratulate and thank Bluey for his fantastic contribution to the Club.
Ash, out of all our Life Members, has been the most successful player. Starting out winning the Under 19s Best and Fairest, Ash’s storied career has only continued as he has taken out multiple VAFA Team of the Year honours as well as a tour of Ireland apart of the VAFA International Rules team.
Teammate Daniel McMahon spoke highly of Ash and his career:
Ash’s stellar career has spanned over a dozen years, first representing the club fresh out of school in 2007 as an 18 year old. He achieved individual success soon into his journey. As well as being elected as Captain of the Under 19’s side, Ash was awarded a Club under 19’s Best & Fairest, a 2nd Runner Up Best and Fairest in the VAFA U/19 Premier Division and a spot in the VAFA U/19’s Team of the Year.
In his early 20’s, Ash persevered through a number of interrupted and frustrating seasons managing a niggling groin injury. Through a disciplined routine, he was able to get his body fit and in 2010, was rewarded with a Senior debut. Ever since, he has been one of the few regular faces in the Senior side. His body strength through the midfield has proven to be a nightmare for opposition players over the years and his innate goal sense when resting forward has seen him contribute to many winning scores.
The 2015 season was a stand-out year for Ash, where he was selected on the wing in the VAFA Premier C Team of the Year. In the same year, he earned the opportunity to travel to Ireland to represent the VAFA in an International Rules Series.
Ash is a fairly quiet character around the club, but certainly has the respect of his team mates and whether its words of encouragement, a little clip or just providing some general direction, when Ash talks, people listen. He is owed this respect for his years of service to the club and the reliably high level that he performs to. His dependable skill, ferocious attack on the ball, aggressive tackling, desire to win and on-field support makes Ash one of the most complete players in the competition and an absolute pleasure for his team-mates to run out alongside each week.
Ash comes from a great family who have supported him endlessly throughout his career. There will be none prouder than his parents, Rob and Pam.
Congratulations on your 200th game, Ash. Not many people are able to achieve this significant milestone, but you have done it in style as one of the most consistent, loyal and committed players that this club has seen.
We congratulate Steve, Anthony and Ash on achieving Life Membership in 2019. They are the standard of what our young players should strive to become, and we look forward to their continued efforts for years to come.