Two former Mallee Park junior footballers turned AFL superstars enjoyed being a part of this year’s Mortlock Shield and the EP Shark Warriors team.
North Melbourne’s Lindsay Thomas was involved as assistant coach for the Sharks’ Saturday game against Great Flinders while Hawthorn’s Shaun Burgoyne coached the Monday game against Far North.
Thomas said he had not been to a Mortlock Shield in about 13 years so it was good to be a part of the Sharks team.
“I played in the Port Adelaide Cups and the Kinlough Cups and all those but I left as a 15-year-old … so I’m happy to be back,” he said.
Burgoyne coached the Sharks to a 60-point win against Far North after flying in the day following Hawthorn’s match against Gold Coast.
Burgoyne said it was about 16 years since he was in Port Lincoln for Mortlock so it was great to be back and to be a part of an initiative like the EP Shark Warriors.
“All the guys have got a great attitude, they all want play in front of family and friends or coach in front of family and friends so it’s a great idea, great concept and I hope it continues,” he said.
Burgoyne said he hoped to play in the Mortlock Shield once he retired from AFL football. Hawthorn has the bye this round while North Melbourne play Friday against St Kilda.