Paul Evans’ support is welded on
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.