This past weekend’s Rd 15 home game against Strathalbyn was a special day for the club and our A-Grade captain, Tyson Neale who plays his 200th game of senior footy for the Bays.

Tyson has played some extraordinary games among those 200, making him possibly the best player of those that have represented the club over such a long period.

As the club’s longest serving captain and the only current A-Grade player selected in the ‘Team of the Century’ no one could doubt his commitment to his club and his team mates.

Tyson is also part of the Davis clan who has a proud family and indigenous connection to the club. His grandmother, Geraldine (her father was local indigenous footballer Herbert Rigney) had 7 daughters and 6 sons who all played netball or football for Encounter Bay. Along with many grandsons and grand-daughters, including current A-Grade players Ben & Mitch Davis that are or have all played for the club. While Jedd Davis is playing Reserves and Tyson’s uncle Jamie is the long time coach of the Reserves. There will soon be another generation of Davis’s gracing the playing fields of Encounter Bay which we all look forward to.

Tyson’s father Randall has also had great success at the club serving as President, committee member and coach and is a Life Member of the Encounter Bay FC and the Goolwa Port Elliot FC. While mother Caralyn was an A-Grade netballer, playeing over 300 senior games for the club including numerous premierships.

We hope Tyson continues on in these footsteps and has many more games left in him!


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