GRAND AWARD

Saint’s HDFNL hon­our

McIvor Times - - SPORTS - By LACH­LAN DURLING

ONE of the Saint’s club stal­warts has been hon­oured with a Heath­cote and District Foot­ball Netball League life mem­ber­ship.

Tanya O’Hal­lo­ran made her de­but in the junior com­pe­ti­tion in 1989 and won the HDFNL best and fairest in her first se­nior year in the com­pe­ti­tion.

And now, al­most 30 years on, the se­nior player was recog­nised for her 200 A grade games and 350 game per­for­mance with the Saints.

O’Hal­lo­ran, a Heath­cote girl through and through, said she rel­ished the opportunity to play for her home­town club and of­ten trav­elled back of a week­end.

“The Saints are in a re­ally great space club-wise and the cul­ture at the club is re­ally pos­i­tive,” she said.

“Be­cause I’ve played for so long I’ve seen the ups and downs but at the mo­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Re­becca Dick­in­son and Jack Pais­ley there’s a fan­tas­tic cul­ture.”

A pre­vi­ous cap­tain, coach, and men­tor to many, O’Hal­lo­ran said she will be a spec­ta­tor for the next sea­son to watch her daugh­ter Tori play netball.

“That’s not to say I won’t be back on the court — I’m not ready to re­tire,” O’Hal­lo­ran said.

“I’m hon­oured to re­ceive this and I’ve been blessed to play for as long as I have with­out in­jury and at a great club with great people.”

Photo: Dar­ren Lewis

Heath­cote net­baller Tanya O’Hal­lo­ran has been awarded life mem­ber­ship of the Heath­cote District Foot­ball Netball League for her distin­guished years of service.

O’Hal­lo­ran with her life mem­ber­ship award.

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