Pocket Profile -Al Abbott (Volunteer, Pennant Hills Demons)

Get to know Club Legend, Al Abbott!

Name: Al Abbott
AFL Sydney Club: Pennant Hills
What is your role around the club?        
Committee person / barman / manager of Ladies Div 4 legends!
How did you become involved at the club?
My son Tommy started playing Aussie Rules with Penno under 16
How long have you been involved with the club?
11 years of great fun / friendships / footy!
What drives you most to volunteer at your local AFL Sydney club?
Still great to watch my wonderful son play sport and also help out Mark Carroll with the ladies footy programme.
Most memorable moment at the club?
a) Ladies first ever win – against Wollondilly with only 15 players

b) Phil Hare shirtfronting some dude in our winning Div 4 GF 9 years ago

c) Ray Witt drinking 16 cans one afternoon from Al’s bar

d) Elllie Rugg winning last years Footballer of the Year

What are you missing most about the footy club during lockdown?
I have never been to training / a game / a function without pissing myself laughing – gee, there are some funny lunatics / drop kicks at Penno!
What TV show is getting you through lockdown?
I have the full set of DVDs of the greatest TV show ever made – F Troop
Where is the first place you would visit once travel restrictions lift?
EFES Brewery, Istanbul Turkey
Who is your tip to win the 2021 AFL Premiership and Brownlow medal?
Giants to sneak a win from 8th spot!

Josh Kelly for the medal!

Usual coffee order?
Whatever Phil Hare brings me free
Shout out to someone at the club that always lends you a hand (player, coach etc)
Stewie Woodward is a machine in his work ethic assisting whoever needs a hand and a great funny bloke.

Also Mark Carroll does a wonderful job with the Ladies – unbelievable the time and effort he puts in.

Quote about this volunteer’s contribution to the club:
Legend can be an overused term, but that is not the case for Al Abbott – he is a club legend. There is not a part of the clubs success today that Al hasn’t been involved in, from helping to set up the first women’s teams (Al’s Angels) to running the bar and volunteering at all functions.  We truly love Al Abbott at the club.
Why are they such a valued part of the club?
Well done, is so much better than well said. Al is always doing, no fuss he gets things done.
How can people get involved in volunteering at your club?
Our club mantra for volunteers is “one job” – we don’t want to burn out our new volunteers and by focusing on one job per volunteer we share the load. Contact president@phafl.com.au to see what “one job” you can help with.


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