Flashback Friday – Daniel Stanton

30th May, 2014

Offal 96 FFName: Daniel Stanton
Nickname: Offal
Seasons played with Power/Sharks: 17 (1996-2012)
Position Played: Ruck rover
Seasons on Committee (what role): 1999-2011 (President, Comms, General Committee)

In your time at the club what were your personal highlights?
Offal:
• Being part of the club as we went from battlers in the mid 90’s to regular premiership contenders across all grades in most seasons this century.
• Hiring Jason Philp! He brought a professional culture to the club that helped improve us on and off the field.
• Being given a Life Membership in 2008.
• Winning a premiership in 2011 after losing the extra-time Grand Final to Manly in 2007.
• The passion of the late Bryan Cairnduff in getting the 18s off the ground and bringing the Power name to the club.

Where there any significant changes to the club or league during your time?
Offal:
• I think I played in about 10 different strips and under the names of Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Southern Sharks and Southern Power. The first Guernsey I played in was woollen (see photo)!
• Participation has improved dramatically giving men and women the opportunity to play AFL with a family-friendly club with a professional presence both on and off the field.
• Divisionalisation has changed the league over the past 5 years giving clubs like us the opportunity to aspire to higher levels.

What does it mean to you to be a past player, coach, committee member of the Power/Sharks?
Offal:
• I’d take a bullet for the club any day of the week.

Who did you get your nickname?
Offal:
• In 1997 playing in Wollongong, Old Man Robbo and I went up for a mark in a pack. Robbo managed to wedge his leading knee between my pelvis and rib cage. Crouchy drove me to the hospital where I stayed for the next week passing ‘claret’ thanks to a ruptured kidney. The boys started calling me ‘Steak and Kidney’ but it was too long, so Alby named me Offal and it stuck. Being a midfielder, one of my former coaches – Trent Chatterton – took great pleasure in reading the team each week by saying, “Offal in the guts”.

Any words for the current members and supporters?
Offal:
• Volunteering, whether it be once a season or once a week, is the fabric of what club culture is made from. Run a boundary, help in the canteen or take down the post pads. Your reward is a close-knit family in the form of a great club – Southern Power.

 

 

 

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