Old Collegians Rugby Union Club



Denzil Church

1978 - Joined Old Collegians';
1978-96 Played in all grades including Golden Oldies as winger, fullback, 5/8, flanker;
1979-99 Contributed to the club at various times on the committee in roles including President, Social, Barman, Secretary, House & grounds;
1979-94 State representative SA Touch Association;
2000 Womens XV Coach.

1984-86 President/Administrator of SA Touch Association - following Tony Sheahan's death.
1998 President Old Collegians' - a year when the club won the 1st XV Premiership, the Womens' XV Premiership, the U16 Premiership;

1978 Best 1st Season Player;
1979 Best Club Supporter;
1980 Best Clubman;
1986 Best 4th Grade Back;
1990 Best 3rd Grade Back;
1995 Best 3rd Grade Forward;
1996 Best 5th Grade Back;
1997 Best Clubman.

Denzil and daughter Maddie, June 2001

Denzil supporting a mate from AFL days

An edited extract from an article in the Adelaide Advertiser of Wednesday November 5th 2003:

By Court Reporter

THEY supported him on and off the football field, through the on-field triumphs and low moments in the state's criminal courts.

Despite his drug addiction, multiple convictions and fragile mental health, David Granger could always depend on the support of his former Port Adelaide team-mates.

But even the help of SANFL legends Russell Ebert and Geof Motley could not stop the man known as "Grave Danger" from growing drugs at his Woodville Park home.

Yesterday, the legendary players walked silently from the District Court after Granger, 48, was jailed for four years and three months.
In sentencing, Judge Andrea Simpson said Granger had not only thrown away his last chance but also betrayed his black-and-white brethren.

"You are fortunate to have the support of those people ?they all see the best in you and are keen to give you every chance," Judge Simpson said.

"But in breaking the law ... you let down your friends who had faith in you to do the right thing and who had been giving you their help.

The court was told Granger grew 10kg of cannabis .... in August last year, just months after he had been given a suspended sentence for selling drugs.

Mr Ebert and his friends had vowed to continue their support for Granger while he was in custody and on his release.
"They disapprove of what you did in breaking the law, they are disappointed in what you did, but they still believe in you as a person," she said.

"You have let them down and, nevertheless, they continue to support you."