Paul Evans’ sup­port is welded on

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THE crew at Paul Evans Weld­ing knows a thing or two about work­ing as a team.

So few will be sur­prised to hear when Rochester pro­gressed to the Goul­burn Val­ley Foot­ball League grand fi­nal, owner Paul Evans made sure all the play­ers knew they had the full sup­port from his busi­ness.

Us­ing cut­ting edge laser tech­nol­ogy, the en­gi­neer­ing firm de­signed and mass pro­duced in­di­vid­ual foot­ball jumpers to rep­re­sent ev­ery se­nior player who pulled on the fa­mous Tigers jumper this sea­son.

Never some­one to do things by halves, Evans en­sured those be­hind the scenes were also duly recog­nised with fur­ther jumpers cre­ated for oth­ers in­clud­ing pres­i­dent Max Hann, prop­erty ste­ward Jim Kil­patrick, wa­ter boy Nate Ras­mussen and game day run­ners Tank McPhee and Brett Wile­man.

After each player's name and num­ber were pre­cisely cut out of a sheet of steel, the jumpers were stretched along the perime­ter of Evans' busi­ness and be­came one of the first things driv­ers saw as they en­tered Rochester.

Un­for­tu­nately it was not the Tigers day at the big dance, but with con­tin­ued sup­port from many won­der­ful busi­nesses, in­di­vid­u­als and other in­ter­ested stake­hold­ers, you can rest easy know­ing the side is hun­gry to go one step fur­ther next year.

At the club's pre­sen­ta­tion night on Satur­day last week, Evans' gen­eros­ity con­tin­ued with all jumpers on dis­play for the night be­fore each player col­lected their re­spec­tive num­ber to take home as me­mento of a suc­cess­ful sea­son.

What does Evans ask for in re­turn? Sim­ply the pre­mier­ship cup be re­turned to Tiger­land in 2017 — a wish echoed through the club’s ranks and town­ship.

Player Dy­lan Cut­triss said it was an in­cred­i­ble ges­ture by Evans and his team.

‘‘It doesn't take much to fol­low a sport­ing team, it takes lit­tle more to sup­port one, but to have your work­place drop tools and take a full day to cre­ate such a breath­tak­ing ges­ture, well that's just some­thing else,’’ he said.

‘‘Who knows, maybe those jumpers might need a facelift next year and Evans has con­firmed there is room to add a pre­mier­ship medal­lion — just for good mea­sure.’’

Play­ers’ names and num­bers of Rochester Foot­ball Club’s 2016 se­nior side were on dis­play at Paul Evans Weld­ing.

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