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“Reaching 200 Grade Games (+50 Colts Games) is an outstanding achievement and reflects Ash’s on-field commitment to Norths over the last decade. But what I’m most proud of is his commitment to the players and the club off the park – organising rugby tours, bbq fundraisers, charity walks and giving out jobs and apprenticeships to players, all done without the need for accolades or recognition.
Well done Block, you will leave a lasting legacy at Norths!” – Chris Hall
The life of Ash Hall in the Red and Black
2008 – Played in 1 third grade game, and 18 fourth grade game, 1 try
2009 – Played in 9 third grade games, 7 fourth grade games, 2 tries
2010 – Played in 1 second grade game, 19 third grade games, 0 tries
2010 – Norths Tour Of USA, New York (Handbag Award), Aspen (Randy Watson Award), Las Vegas, L.A., 0 tries
2011 – Played 21 third grade games, 1 fourth grade game, 0 tries
2012 – 8 games in fourth grade, 0 tries
2012 – J.R. Henderson Cup Grand Final Winner, 0 tries
2013 – 18 fourth grade games, 1 try
2013 – Brett Hill award for 100 Grade Games
2014 – 3 third grade games, 18 fourth grade games, 0 tries
2014 – Bill Debney Award for Clubman Of The Year
2015 – 2 third grade games, 17 fourth grade games, 3 tries!
2016 – 18 fourth grade games, 1 try – Minor Premiers
2016 – Norths Tour of Japan & Hong Kong
2017 – 1 third grade game, 19 fourth grade game, 1 try
2018 – 12 fourth grade games, 1 try
What will be a total of 200 Grade Games played averaging 1 try every 16 games!
From his Grade debut in 2008 until his last game against Souths, Ash has played;
1 Second Grade Game, 56 Third Grade games, 136 Fourth Grade games and 7 other games, with a total of 12 tries, no conversions and no drop goals,
Saturday’s game may represent a significant milestone from an aesthetic standpoint, as you become only the 25th player in Norths 120 year history to achieve the 200 Grade Game mark, but it is pretty easy to say that there has not been an equal when it comes to the overall contribution you have made to the club over your 11 years with the Red and Black. Having played with you for over half of your 200-grade games it was easy to see why players put their trust in not only your ability on the field but also as a readily available mate off the field due to your relaxed and giving nature and always put Norths first attitude.
Following in the footsteps of older brother Chris, the first years we laid our eyes on a fresh faced U19s grommet was in 2006 when a great class of colts joined the club with the likes of Richard Hunt, Ed and Tom Lee, James Bender and Matt Lamont to name just a few. With a two year apprenticeship in Colts under your belt you took up the challenge of Grade and applied your trade across Third and Fourth grade at Hooker to start with and prop in the later years. You were an integral part of the 2012 Premiership winning team in Fourth Grade and continued on success in later years taking the Minor Premier title in 2016 and losing narrowly in the Grand Final in 2017.
While you have never been known for your pace, which continues to somehow decline even further with age on the field, your off the field contribution has maintained lofty heights around the club always helping and leading with Club initiatives and making sure that every man and woman who wants to make Norths their Club is ensured the same distinct pleasure as the patrons who have passed through its pearly gate over the past 120 years, you only have to read through the yearly reports and the name Ash Hall is scattered throughout them thanking him for contributions both on and off the field!
Northern Suburbs Rugby Club, with all its great history, has had few better players, few better blokes and few better ambassadors. But not many!
All the best for Saturday and joining the 200 Club.”
Cheers Kieth Coasin