Justin 'Buckets' Evans Chalks Up 300 Games!

03 August 2015

Congratulations to one of St Bernards favourite sons Justin ‘Buckets’ Evans who will saddle up for his 300th game this week at ‘the Snakepit’.

Justin will become only the fourth player in St Bernards history to achieve the 300 game milestone joining Andrew Nathan (314) Gerard Mahony (304) and Ben Hogan (302) which is great testimony to his durability and his commitment to the club.

The Evans clan have been an important part of St Bernards fabric with Justin and his brothers Dane and Lee all fine contributors on field and great clubmen off the paddock. Dad Mick would always help out as goal umpire or timekeeper and mum Margaret was tireless in the canteen and Thursday night dinners.

Justin has always kept himself in good nick, he’s needed to given he made his Senior debut way back in the nineties!

In 1999 the Seniors were heading for relegation at 0-9 but under coach Gary Foulds, Justin and a few other young blokes including Danny Byrne, Nick Smith, Chris Mitchell, Mick Stapleton and Lossa O’Sullivan all debuted as the side won 8 of the last 9 to finish 6th and established a launching pad into a successful era for the club.

 

Along the way, Justin won the Under 19 Premier Best & Fairest in 1998, the Premier Reserves B&F in 2002 and starred in the Premier Reserves Premiership side in 2003 but his impact on St Bernards football club has been far greater than mere stats.

A quote from the VAFA Footy Record in 2007:

 "St Bernards have a couple of blokes in Justin Evans and Stephen Iannazzo who have played a bit of senior footy but have been out and out stars in A Grade Reserves for years, they’re the lifeblood of the club"

The banner the boys put together for Justin on his 250th game read .. “Congrats ‘Buckets’ on your 250th .. Pity you can’t kick”

It’s fair to say that Justin has been one of the best marks in VAFA ranks, hence his nickname ‘Buckets’ and he’s one of the most courageous players to wear the jumper but, yes he is also one of the worst kicks! We blame his old man Mick for this as all the Evans boys were brave and had great hands but couldn’t kick .. they reckon when the kids played kick to kick in the back yard Mick just rolled the ball back to them!

While his job as a lawyer keeps him busy Justin is still flying in the Thirds every week and providing leadership to the young blokes coming through the ranks.

A terrific clubman, Justin has also been on the committee for the past two years.

300 games is a monumental mark in Ammo footy .. so Justin, all at St Bernards salute you on your fantastic contribution to the club and we look forward to seeing you adding to your remarkable tally and leading the ‘Threes’ into another finals campaign.

 

Well done Evo!

Paul Garth