Busch receives merit award

ADELAIDE Plains Football League president Brad Busch was presented with an AFL Merit Award at the SANFL Community Football Media Awards luncheon held at the South Adelaide Football Club this past fortnight.
Mr Busch has served as the APFL’s president for 20 years and during that time has overseen the transition of Angle Vale into the competition, and navigated the league through the devastating 2015 Pinery fire.
However, the humble president said he was shocked to receive the award.
“At the end of the day, it’s not about the individual, it’s about country footy,” Mr Busch said.
“Unfortunately, the volunteers aren’t as frequent as they used to be.
“It’s not about Brad Busch, it’s about keeping these communities going, and footy plays a major part in all of them, from local businesses all the way down.
“I just do my bit.”
During the Pinery fire, Mr Busch devised the initiative to place tanks in locations that lacked water, in order to make access easier for firefighters battling the blaze.
The tanks are still scattered throughout the Adelaide Plains, with some situated at places like Pinery, Dublin and Hamley Bridge.
“I thought there was lots of organisations like BlazeAid up and going, but I wanted to put something back in the community that went straight back into the community,” Mr Busch said.
“The major concern about the Pinery fire was water, so we brainstormed that we’d put some tanks where there’s no water.
“After a lot of blood, sweat and tears, we got a few (people) on board, and here we are today with six tanks.”
However, upon receiving the award, Mr Busch gave a broad thanks to the supporters of country football.
“The Community Football League and the SANFL are terrific and are very supportive,” he said.
“I work very closely with the CFL and the SANFL, and everything we come up with they’re more than supportive towards.”

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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