The club took home it’s first silverware of the season on Saturday, with an Over 35s Avalon squad and an Over 45s team both winning the age category competition at the annual Defib Gala Day at Cromer Park.
The O35s team, which included a few familiar faces from around the club, ended the day unbeaten after beating CC Strikers and the Avalon O45/2s and drawing with Curl Curl.
The day began with training on how to use the defib gear – one of which is permanently installed at Careel Bay – and a discussion on the importance of heart health especially amongst the senior teams. It was particularly poignant for Avalon with O35s player Dan Morley addressing the group on his own experience using the defib in a life and death situation. Dan was playing for the Avalon O45s in a trial match at the end of February, and found himself needing to administer CPR and use the defib on fellow Avalon player Tony Smith who collapsed during the game. Dan resuscitated Tony before the paramedics arrived, and Tony – affectionately known as Skip’ around the club – is now recovering in hospital. It was Tony’s team that won their age group at the event with Dan filling in for the side.
Our heartfelt appreciation to Dan for his speedy action and encourage all our members to look themselves and each other.