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Mark Eustice provides Old Carey with an important message

Former VFL/AFL player reflects on football and what it means

Mark Eustice provides Old Carey with an important message

The Old Carey playing group welcomed former Essendon, Richmond and Sydney player Mark Eustice to the club last month to share his courageous story about a boy playing out his childhood dream playing for Essendon and the difficulties he faced outside of football dealing with depression, drug and alcohol addiction.

Mark, who played his first VFL game at just 17 years of age, was a member of the reserves premiership-winning team for the Bombers in 1983, before being traded to Richmond after four years at the Essendon Football Club. Having spent his whole childhood growing up in Essendon and being the son of the Mayor of Essendon at the time, Mark’s decision to leave Windy Hill was daunting and one that he did not take lightly. After three years at Richmond, Mark took an offer to play for the Sydney Swans, before stepping away from football only a year into his three-year contract.

Mark described the difficulties he faced with the pressure of football and explained how easily life balance can spiral out of control. Added to this, Mark explained the toll his addictions had on relationships with his family, friends and his own wellbeing and the ease in which you can get caught up with the wrong people. To Mark’s credit, with the help of counselling, family and friends who he made through football, he has been able to get his life back on track and has been clean of addiction for over ten years. His message was powerful and one that the playing group will remember for some time.

After Mark spoke, co-coaches Okie and Taz ran the boys through the 2017 game plan, including the defensive and offensive structures that will be enforced throughout not only the senior team, but the reserves, 3rds and under 19’s. To round out the morning Alan, Chief and Gazza Chapman prepared a BBQ for all those attending on what was an informative morning for the boys. Judging from below I think Al needs some help in the kitchen!”

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Results - Rd 15, August 12

SENIOR MENS   vs      FITZROY
 7/13/55        10/12/72
     
RESERVES vs      FITZROY
 15/8/98        6/8/44
     
THIRDS vs      FITZROY
6/6/42         22/15/147     
     
WOMENS    vs      COLLEGIANS
2/5/17        2/4/16  
     
UNDER 19s vs      UNI BLACKS
23/15/153        2/10/22   

Next Round - Rd 16, August 19

SENIOR MENS vs MAZENOD
HOME   2.00pm
     
RESERVES vs MAZENOD
HOME    11.40am 
     
THIRDS vs SEASON OVER
     
     
WOMENS    vs OLD CAMBERWELL
AWAY   2.00pm Grand Final
    Trevor Barker Oval, Sandringham
UNDER 19s vs OM'S
HOME   2.00pm

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