The Border Watch : May 8th 2014
38 SPORT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Saints trio combine for 900 MORRIS ROD email@example.com THREE of the most loyal servants the Millicent Football Netball Club will this weekend play important milestone games. Netballers, Paula Tunkin and Bronwyn Turner will rack up their 350th and 300th games respectively whilst former senior football coach, Steve Duldig plays his 250th game. Millicent plays at home against South Gambier this Saturday and whilst the netballers are expected to continue on their winning way, the footballers will be looking to break the duck that has haunted them throughout the first three rounds. Paula Tunkin TUNKIN started her career with Millicent way back in 1992 and in the 22 years that followed she has become a true inspiration to everyone around her. She has been a member of five A Grade premierships, an A Reserve grand final team, won five best and fairest awards and finished runner-up twice, whilst also winning two noted coaches’ trophies. In 2012, Tunkin finished as runner-up in the Western Border Netball Association’s A Reserve best and fairest behind Casterton’s Tricia Cleary. Tunkin has also been a consistent WBNA interleague representative and has been named in the WBNA Team-ofthe-Year on numerous occasions. This year, Tunkin is coaching the Millicent 15 and Under team which sits in fifth position on the ladder with one win from three starts. In 2013, Tunkin took the same group of girls to the WBNA grand final only to lose to a strong East Gambier outfit. Her knowledge of the game and her high standards set as a player, come out in her coaching, as she would never ask anything of her girls that she would not try herself and her 100pc never-give-up attitude is really important in coaching juniors. Married to the MFNC president, Craig Tunkin, the pair have three children Harry, Daisy and Lenny, who will all be courtside this Saturday as she reaches a key milestone in her netball career........which is far from finished. Bronwyn Turner A CAREER that started in 1990, Brownyn Turner has reached dizzy heights at Millicent. Highlights include no less than seven club best and fairest award and three times, runnerup. Turner has represented the club in four grand finals, winning the 1990 A Reserve flag and three runner-up placings at B Grade level. In 2008 and 2009, Turner was involved in unique back-to-back dead heats for the WBNA B Grade best and fairest. She polled 29 votes in 2008 and tied with Hamilton’s Phoebe Stehbens and a year later tied with East Gambier’s Olivia Gysbers. For several years, Turner Massive milestone weekend for Millicent against South TALENTED TRIO: Career milestones aplenty for Millicent players (from left) Paula Tunkin, Steve Duldig and Bronwyn Turner this Saturday when they play their 350th, 250th and 300th games respectively. has been the dedicated coach of the “Millicent B Grade Babes” taking them to two grand finals, but on both occasions lost narrowly to West Gambier, 36-33 in 2011 and 42-41 in 2012. Turner was also in the Justine Brown coached B Grade side that lost 57-40 to West Gambier in 2008. She is a tireless worker at the MFNC and her roles have included playing, coaching, umpiring and as a committee member. In 2013, Turner was presented with the Donate Life SA Volunteer-of-the-Year award. Bronwyn and her husband, Neil have two daughters, Isabelle and Charlotte, both of whom have already joined the netballing ranks at Millicent. Steve Duldig FORMER senior coach and 2010 grand final player, Steve Duldig has long been the general of the Millicent backline. When Duldig, or “Digger” as he is affectionately known at the Saints, will play his 250th senior game this Saturday which places him in fifth place on the all-time games list at Millicent. And three weeks shy of his 35th birthday (1 June) and with current form shown, Duldig is not indicating any signs of retirement. He has games record holder, Andrew Nitschke in his sights. Nitshcke played 333 games from 1990-2011, while standing between he and Duldig are other Millicent legends, Renato Verbena (320 games, 1982-2001), Neil Brown (263, 1984-2000) and Phil Hunter (254, 1974-1989). Duldig made his senior debut with the Saints in 1995 under the reign of then coach, Craig 38 - The Border Watch, Thursday, May 8, 2014 “Fatty” Skeer. In the 19 seasons that have followed, Duldig has played just one reserves game (1996). In 1997, Duldig ventured to Adelaide to further his education and had a three year stint playing with SANFL club, Port Adelaide, although a broken leg put him out of action for some time. He returned to Millicent in 2000 and slotted into the Saints’ backline under then coach, Andrew Nitschke. Duldig coached Millicent in 2008-09 and throughout his football journey, accolades and awards have gone his way numerous times. Strangely he has never won the Saints’ best and fairest award, although he has finished in the top five, 11 times including four runner-ups! Duldig has been named in The Border Watch WBFL Team-ofthe-Year for each of the last four seasons and over his career he has been a regular inclusion in both the Western Border FL and South East interleague teams. He has also won the Kitschke Medal as the best country player in South Australia, a big achievement in itself. The one thing missing off Duldig’s football resume is a premiership, although the Saints did come close in 2010 when beaten by West Gambier by just 3-points. Steve’s wife, Lisa knows all about winning premiership as she been a stalwart in the powerful Millicent A Grade team for several years. Steve and Lisa have a son, Pacy, who will no doubt be on the sidelines this Saturday when dad plays his 250th game for the tri-colours. FIFTH ON ALL TIME LIST: Steve Duldig will play his 250th senior game for Millicent this Saturday placing him fifth on the all-time club list, behind Andrew Nitschke (333), Renato Verbena (320), Neil Brown (263) and Phil Hunter (254).
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