We thank the Brewer family and the Tridents for their financial support for the annual scholarships to support players with further training or study.
Women’s scholarship winners are Chelsea Thomas and Emma Upton.
Men’s scholarship was awarded to Lochie Payne.
Deborah Brewer, daughter of Warren Brewer, was at the awards presentation event and at my request has provided us with a copy of her speech delivered at that event.
Deborah’s Speech – Tridents Event 31/3/2023
It is my pleasure to be here at the club this evening to present scholarships on behalf of the Brewer family. My dad Warren Brewer is listed as player number 246, running on as a senior for North Hobart for the first time in 1953.
Warren is a life member but sadly no longer with us, but his love of the club was such that we, his family, decided that for a long as we live, we would support these scholarships, as an enduring connection between us and the club he loved so much.
My dad was an educator who began his association with the club as a six-year-old living in Ryde Street and going after school to the club rooms to clean the players boots, until he was old enough to play himself.
He often said he was not a very skilled player, but I know he was fast, and I know he was courageous, and in football even today these attributes we know are still important.
Some of the names I remember he talked about, who played on this, what dad often called ‘hallowed turf’ were;
My dad talked about this place and described it often as ‘hallowed turf ‘
So I began thinking…
And how it might be useful to think about this term of endearment dad gave to this place.
So hallowed means greatly revered and honoured
And, turf you may think of as grass however, turf is more than grass.
Turf is grass, and the layer of earth beneath as held together by its roots.
This is significant, and important to remember when you run onto this turf
because when you are connected to the club and play out there,
you are playing on something much more than the grass you see and touch.
Like this club it is those roots, the history of the club and the love that you inherit that means so much more.
We, those old supporters and members, who you may not know of or see,
we are here and we support and value your contribution and commitment to our Demons and know every time you run on, we are there with you in heart.
Good luck this season and all the best for the season ahead.
Go get ‘em Demons.
Deborah Brewer 31/3/2023