Tasman Football Club celebrates 75 years

BEST: The Tasman Team of the Last 25 Years. Pictured are (back): Carl Semmler, David Stoeckel, Toby Cardew, Ross Campbell, Craig Reincke, Ron Evans, Nathan Frost, Rhys Kelsh; front: Jace Rodda, Boyd McCurry, Jarred Seal, Matt James and Brent Harris. Absent are Darren 'Trumby' Miller, Hayden McKinley, Reece Francis, Aisea Raikiwasa, Johann Wagner, Cody Mason, Brad Masters and Glen Tonkin.
BEST: The Tasman Team of the Last 25 Years. Pictured are (back): Carl Semmler, David Stoeckel, Toby Cardew, Ross Campbell, Craig Reincke, Ron Evans, Nathan Frost, Rhys Kelsh; front: Jace Rodda, Boyd McCurry, Jarred Seal, Matt James and Brent Harris. Absent are Darren 'Trumby' Miller, Hayden McKinley, Reece Francis, Aisea Raikiwasa, Johann Wagner, Cody Mason, Brad Masters and Glen Tonkin.

Tasman Football Club celebrated its past and the accomplishments of club legends and stalwarts at its 75 year celebration at Ravendale on Saturday night.

A crowd of about 150 people gathered to reminisce about the past and celebrate the future, including past and present players, coaches and club officials as well as life members.

Club president Steve Prout said it was great to see some of the past members back with people travelling from interstate and from across South Australia.

He said the club had come off some very successful years in the past decade and there was still a strong passion amongst club members past and present.

"We have a good foundation at our football club which we have capitalised on in the past 10 to 15 years,"

Throughout the night the guernseys worn by Tasman in their A grade match against Lincoln South were auctioned off as well as a special 75 year framed guernsey.

The night also saw the announcement of the best team from the last 25 years, made up of past and present players including premiership players and Mail Medallists.

Among the players named include current Tasman players Nathan Frost, Jace Rodda and coach Boyd McCurry as well as former players Ron Evans, Darren 'Trumby' Miller and the late Mark Jones.

Also named were Mail Medallists David Stoeckel and Reece Francis, as well as multi-time leading goalkicker Johann Wagner.

Carl Semmler had the honour of being named on the half forward flank and as coach, having coached Tasman to three-straight premierships between 2012 and 2014.

Mr Semmler said he had loved having the chance to be a part of the club's success in the past few years and while Tasman was in a period of rebuilding it would see success again in the future.

"I've loved my time, loved the chance to be part of the success we had," he said.

"We have a bit of a rebuilding to do but I assure you, we will be strong again going forwards."

Mr Semmler was also honoured as one of the newest player life members, alongside Matt Dodd and fellow team of the past 25 years member Ross Campbell.

Tasman also announced new life members Richard Danzic and Phil Lessue, while Brian Gardner and Graham Henderson were the recipients of the Legends Award for their extended service to the club.

Mr Prout said thanks went to Damien Mrdjen and his team for catering the event, Mark Milton and Derek Rogers for organising filming of the event, Andrew Frick and ACE Merch and Apparel for organising the heritage guernseys and the committee members for putting the event together.

TEAM OF THE PAST 25 YEARS

B: Darren 'Trumby' Miller, Craig Reincke, Nathan Frost

HB: Jace Rodda (c), Ron Evans, Hayden McKinley

C: Jarred Seal, Reece Francis, Aisea Raikiwasa

HF: Carl Semmler, David Stoeckel, Ross Campbell

F: Boyd McCurry, Johann Wagner, Toby Cardew

R1: Rhys Kelsh, Cody Mason, Matt James

INT: Brad Masters, Brent Harris, Mark Jones, Glen Tonkin

COACH: Carl Semmler

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