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Graeme Mackey Tribute Game, 17 July

Tomorrow, former Tasmanian footballer and Hall of Fame inductee Graeme Mackey will be remembered in a special tribute game at Queenborough Oval..Tomorrow, 17 July the Sandy Bay Lions and North Hobart under 18 teams will play for the annual Graeme Mackey Shield, with Sandy Bay wearing special heritage jumpers donated by the Sandy Bay Lions and South East Past Players Association.Tomorrow, 17 July

The match has been played yearly to remember Graeme who passed away in 2011 and came about from a suggestion from the Lions junior members who were looking for a way to pay tribute to the great clubman.

This year, Graeme’s son Craig Mackey will present the shield to the winning team.

Graeme played for Sandy Bay from 1967 to 1984 after being recruited from North Hobart where he played as a junior.

He played 269 games over 15 seasons for the Bay and was a member of the 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977 and 1978 premiership teams. He won the Club’s best and fairest awards in 1971, 1974 and 1977, and was the runner up in the William Leitch Medal in 1971.

Graeme played for the TFL and Tasmania on 13 occasions and was state captain in 1975.

As well as his distinguished playing career, having captained and coached the Seagulls, Graeme also served as a committee member and Deputy President of the Sandy Bay Football Club. In 1983 he was President of the Club’s Past Players and Officials Association.

He is a member of the Club’s best 25.

In 2008, Graeme was inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame.

Spectators at Sunday’s game will be able to sit and watch in the Graeme Mackey Stand, and this match takes on extra significance because both Sandy Bay Lions and North Hobart are now the main feeder clubs for Hobart City FC via the AFL/TSL pathways.

The game starts at 230pm.