Daryl Lovegrove

2010 State Volunteer – Daryl Lovegrove (SA)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Daryl Lovegrove is one of the seven volunteers to be named as a 2010 State Volunteer of the Year.

Over 120,000 volunteers help service Australian Football at all levels and the Australian Football League are forever grateful for the sacrifices Daryl and other volunteers make to continue supporting the game. 

The 2010 State Volunteers of the Year winners are rewarded with a trip of a lifetime to the 2010 Toyota AFL Grand Final.  The trip includes:

  • Two return airfares to Melbourne (except Victoria)
  • Three nights’ accommodation at the Sofitel Melbourne (including breakfast)
  • Two tickets to the AFL Official Function at the 2010 Toyota AFL Grand Final
  • The opportunity to walk in the 2010 Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade
  • The opportunity to attend a morning tea in the AFL Media Centre with several AFL identities to discuss issues being faced within community football.

Daryl Lovegrove’s Volunteer Profile

Daryl (Scratch) Lovegrove has been an active member of the Cleve Football Club and Eastern Eyre Football League (previously County Jervois) for over 30 years.

Daryl’s service includes:

Cleve Football Club

  • Executive Committee Member
    • Club Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Umpires Coordinator
    • Club Records Officer
  • 1995 – Life Membership

Eastern Eyre FL

  • League Recorder
  • Clearance Secretary
  • Footy Web Manager/Trainer for League and Clubs
  • League Umpire
  • Local Newspaper Correspondent

Week in the life of Daryl Lovegrove:

Daryl’s week begins with the entry of all League results from Junior Colts to A Grade into the Footy Web system. He then manages any clearance transfers throughout the week which results in many follow up calls to assist clubs process clearances.

Daryl will also spend time during the week compiling a report on the local games for the regional paper, a highlight for many come Thursday morning as Daryl’s wit adds to the accurate description of events that took place. ‘Scratch on Sport’ was a long running insert that highlighted the often comical nature of country sport.

Thursday evening is busy organising all umpires for Saturday’s games along with other rostered positions that need to be filled to ensure all roles are covered during a busy day of Football and Netball on the Saturday.

After an often hectic Friday evening processing late clearances, permits or registrations, Daryl will be up early Saturday to open and man the gate at the local Cleve games. When finished on the gate he will then Umpire either the Senior Colts or B Grade Football (has umpired both at times) followed by Boundary Umpire for the A Grade Football.  At the end of the day Daryl will often be found manning the bar.

Recent events:

Recently Daryl’s organisational skills were put to the test as 120km/hr winds on a Friday evening removed part of the Cleve Club roof over the Kitchen. Daryl was made aware of the incident at 6:30am on Saturday morning of which a home game was to be played at the Cleve sporting grounds that day. Within 2 hours Daryl was able to move the game to rivalling Rudall Oval.


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