The first retirement of Port Melbourne’s 2017 post-season has been confirmed, with Hugh Sandilands announcing that Sunday’s Grand Final victory was his last game with the Borough.
Sandilands has advised the club of his intentions to relocate permanently to London to be with his fiancé, who has made the move due to a change in her work commitments.
Key swingman Sandilands has been a fan favourite since debuting in the red and blue way back in 2010.
He finishes with a tally of 124 Senior games with the Borough amongst a tally of 126 in the VFL competition, having already chalked up two with Box Hill before being recruited to North Port Oval.
‘Hughie’ has been a mainstay of Gary Ayres’ team since then; and played a crucial role in last Sunday’s epic 4-point victory over the Tigers, collecting 16 possessions and booting an all-important third-quarter goal when swung forward.
28-year-old Sandilands played in the club’s historic 2011 Grand Final win, and the presentation of his second Premiership medallion on Sunday means that he retires as a genuine Borough champion.
He was heard saying at Sunday night’s post-match gathering at the Sandridge Events Centre that he “couldn’t think of any better way to go out” than another Grand Final win under Ayres.
The club would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate Hugh for his wonderful contribution, and wish him all the very best in all of his future endeavours.
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