By Grant Hitzman
Andrew Housego has been with the Mayne Tigers for the best part of 18 years.
A model player, ambassador and captain, Housego is beloved in the community and the heart and soul of the football club.
Later this month, Mayne and the wider football community will have the opportunity to celebrate the career of Housego, with a testimonial dinner to be held in his honour.
Mayne president, Russell Ditchburn, speaks volumes of the impact Housego has made on the football club and community, highlighting his loyalty and character.
“He truly is the cornerstone of our group, 10 years as captain and 18 years at the club, he is a tremendous guy and a perfect example of what a role model should be,” Ditchburn said.
“When people ask me who my favourite player at the club is, at the top of my list every time is Andrew. From my perspective he could have played at any level, but he has been extremely loyal, even through tough periods.”
Mayne coach, Mitch Ferguson, expressed his gratitude for what Housego had contributed throughout his career, emphasising the significance of the night.
“What Andrew has done for the club, the players and the community over the years is immeasurable. It is important to honour champions and show an appreciation for all the effort they have put into their career, so the dinner is very important for everyone,” Ferguson said.
The dinner will feature former racing writer Bart Sinclair as MC and guest speakers Kelso Wood and AFL Hall of Famer, Robert Walls.
Ditchburn believes the night will be one to remember.
“The dinner gives the club and the community the chance to honour Andrew for being an exemplarily serviceman. Having Robert (Walls) there as a keynote speaker is exciting and I think it will be the highlight of the evening,” Ditchburn said.
The dinner will be held on July 24 at 7pm at Allan Border Field, Albion.
Tickets are $100 per person, which includes a two course meal plus drinks.
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