Under new coach Steve Lubcke, the RSMU Hawks have secured the services of hard-nosed inside midfielder Mitchell Sandery for the 2018 campaign.
He is an 180cm, 93kg strong bodied, team orientated on-baller Lubcke is confident will bring attributes of leadership, experience and football knowledge to a young Hawks group
“We’re really pleased to acquire the services of Mitchell,” Lubcke said.
“He has a wealth of football smarts and his on-field instruction and guidance will be a key component for us this year.”
Now 31, Sandery has a long and distinguished football career already.
A Tea Tree Gully Wolves junior, he went through underage programs and started his SANFL League career with Norwood in 2005, still a teenager, playing 28 senior games.
He moved across the South Adelaide having five years donning the Panthers jumper down at Noarlunga, with the personal highlight winning the Knuckey Cup (South Adelaide’s prestigious best and fairest honour) in 2009.
Sandery would finish just shy of the hundred game milestone at SANFL level, needing to retire from this level of the game mid-season, due to work commitments.
He would go back and play and eventually coach at his foundation club Tea Tree Gully in the SA Amateur League.
“The 2013 flag with my mates back at Tea Tree Gully was a highlight,” Sandery said.
“We defeated the Adelaide University Blacks in that decider
“He played in the 2016 Division One Grand Final against PAOC, but lost that one.
“From a personal perspective the Kunckey Cup is a pretty big highlight.
“Football is about the people you meet and the friendships you make along the way.
“I had a season with United in the Adelaide Plains (Competition) last year.
“I also played under Steve Lubcke in the (Central) zone side (at the Country Championships)
“This is a fresh start and a different and new environment.
“It is fair to say I don’t know much about North Eastern football, but I’m sure I’ll learn quickly.
“I’m a painter by trade and I have a lot of work through the mid north of the state so it’s a good fit for me.”
Along with his SANFL experience Sandery also had four seasons in the rigors of the Northern Territory Football League competition in Darwin.
He played three seasons with Waratahs and having a short stint with the St. Mary’s “Green Machine”.
With the Hawks 2017 NEFL Mail Medalist Patrick Clark training with Glenelg and other key midfielder Josh Vater playing in the Riverland, where he is teaching, the acquisition of Mitch Sandery will add to the on ball rotations at the Hawks when the 2018 season commences in April.