The Don Malcolm President’s Award was initiated in 2020 and is presented annually by the club president in recognition of someone who has made a substantial contribution to the life and well-being of our club.
The Award is named in honour of Don Malcolm who passed away in 2020 aged 90, after 75 years of continuous service to the club. Don served as president, secretary, trainer, historian, park representative, Life Member, Gold Saint, supporter and friend to all.
Congratulations to Olivia Giblin who is the 2023 recipient of the Don Malcolm President’s Award. The award was announced at our 2023 Presentation Night by Club President Penny Heath.
Congratulations to Sid Jones who is the 2022 recipient of the Don Malcolm President’s Award. The award was announced at our 2022 Presentation Night by Club President Greg Baum and presented on behalf of the family by Paul Malcolm.
Congratulations to Ethan Rocke who is the 2021 recipient of the Don Malcolm President’s Award. The award was announced at our Virtual Presentation Night by Club President Greg Baum
Congratulations to Penny Heath who is the inaugural recipient of the Don Malcolm President’s Award. Penny was presented with her award by club president Greg Baum at the 1st Gold Saints Lunch in season 2021. Don’s wife and club Life Member, Joan Malcolm was at the Gold Saints Lunch for the announcement along with members of the Malcolm family – David and Sue Malcolm, Sue and Richard Salter, Paul Malcolm and Jeff Malcolm.
ABOUT SID JONES
Here is Greg’s announcement:
It’s not new to anyone that this has been a tough year for our club. Very tough.
Right from the start, we knew we were up against it. We also knew that it would be all hands to the pumps.
I reckon this person came back to St Mary’s Salesian like others did this year, simply to lend a hand in our hour of need.
They probably thought they were going to run around in the twos when they could and otherwise just make themselves useful.
The trouble was that this person doesn’t know how to do anything by half measures.
Twos? Not likely. It was ones, in the middle, head over the ball. They’ve always had their head over the ball, so much so we’ve sometimes wondered how it was still on their shoulders.
I think one day this person stepped off a plane from Sydney and came straight to the ground. Another time, they doubled up, two and ones.
But that wasn’t all. They brought with them a mate, who also got involved.
When the numbers started to pinch, they brought players. I don’t know how often I turned up to a training session, saw a couple of unfamiliar faces out on the track and asked Leo who they were.
Almost invariably the answer was: “They’re mates of this person. They brought them down.”
This was exactly what Erwin was talking about when he spoke on that Saturday evening later in the season about how the players needed to take ownership of the club. This was the model.
But it didn’t stop there. When the season ended, this person and his mate turned up on the committee. They’re already working on a list of ideas as long as your arm. Others have come forward, too. Because of them, we can look forward with real optimism to 2023.
This person showed what it takes to keep a community football club on the go. This person showed the true spirit of St Mary’s Salesian. I’m happy to name the winner of the Don Malcolm award for season 2022 is Sid Jones.
Wears the famous #11 gurnsey
Has played 134 game since joining the club in 2012
Won the VAFA Div 1 Best & Fairest in 2015
Twice Runner-Up Club Best & Fairest 2015 & 2012
ABOUT ETHAN ROCKE
Congratulations to Ethan Rocke who is the 2021 recipient of the Don Malcolm President’s Award. The award was announced at our Virtual Presentation Night by Club President Greg Baum, who said that Ethan is one of those “who is the lifeblood of our club. There is no job that is too small for Ethan, and no job that’s too big. Everything that needs to be done – he is there to do willingly, enthusiastically and tirelessly. Ethan has an upbeat presence, with a heart of gold and is a work horse like few others.”
Ethan played 36 games for the men’s thirds from 2016-2018 and then took over as the thirds Team Manager in 2019. In 2021 he was the men’s reserves team manager and assisted with both the reserves and seniors, and in season 2022 he will take on the role as team manager for the men’s seniors.
He is the club’s go-to person for most of the operational activities for the men’s teams:
• He managed the pre-season training co-ordination (communications, equipment availability)
• Men’s property steward
• Managed canteen deliveries
• Assisted with set up at Ferndale at all home games, and taking most equipment to away games
• Set up rooms on Thursday’s, mostly locking up after Thursday and Saturdays
• Managed communications in WhatsApp groups for all 3 teams
• Helped with collection of men’s subs
• Helped set up Gold Saints lunches
• Didn’t miss a training session all year
Ethan joined the Club Committee in 2021.