Australian rules football: Interview with Andy Thissling, statistician for the Traralgon Football Club senior side

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wikinews contributor Patrick Gillett interviewed Andy Thissling of the Traralgon Football Club. Andy is the statistician for the Gippsland Football League clubs senior side, or first XVIII.

The Gippsland Football League (officially Gippsland League, GL) is the only major Australian rules football competition in the Gippsland region according to the Victorian Country Football League.

Interview

Wikinews waves Left.png((Patrick GillettWikinews waves Right.png)) : Can you describe what you do at Traraglon footy club?

Wikinews waves Left.png((AndyWikinews waves Right.png)) On match day, I do the stats for the Traralgon Football Club, for the seniors. And I love it so much. I want to have this job for ever.

Wikinews waves Left.png((PGWikinews waves Right.png)) Sounds good. How Long have you been doing this?

Wikinews waves Left.png((AndyWikinews waves Right.png)) What do you meen mate? How long have I been doing the stats for?

Wikinews waves Left.png((PGWikinews waves Right.png)) Yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.png((AndyWikinews waves Right.png)) I've been doing it since 2004. I got asked to do it and since then, I've been doing since 2004 to today's date.

Wikinews waves Left.png((PGWikinews waves Right.png)) How often do you talk to the coach and provide him with the stats?

Wikinews waves Left.png((AndyWikinews waves Right.png)) Each quarter I go to the coaching staff and get them all my stats to them and tell it to them what's what. An the I do them at the end of the quarter. And then at the end of the game I'll hand them my stats.

Andy works for Coles Supermarkets. A South Australian store is pictured here

Wikinews waves Left.png((PGWikinews waves Right.png)) What is your job out side of football?

Wikinews waves Left.png((AndyWikinews waves Right.png)) My job outside of football is, I work at a supermarket called Coles Supermarket in Traralgon. I work there three days a week. That keeps me out of mischief for a few days.

Wikinews waves Left.png((PGWikinews waves Right.png)) Sounds a bit like me.

Wikinews waves Left.png((AndyWikinews waves Right.png)) [laughs] Yeah mate, that's like us.

Traralgon won the 2009 minor premiership, equivalent to the premiership in association football, but failed to win the premiership, equivalent to the championship

Wikinews waves Left.png((PGWikinews waves Right.png)) Does working at Coles effect your involvement with the footy club?

Wikinews waves Left.png((AndyWikinews waves Right.png)) Not really. It's just three days of work and that's all. The rest I'll stay home do some house work and get ready for footy on Saturdays. Goes like lightning during the week.

Wikinews waves Left.png((PGWikinews waves Right.png)) Doesn't sound to bad. Will Traralgon win the minor premiership this year, like they did last year?

Wikinews waves Left.png((AndyWikinews waves Right.png)) We take one game at a time and that's all. Footy's a funny old sport mate.

Wikinews waves Left.png((PGWikinews waves Right.png)) Damn straight it is, Good to hear.

Wikinews waves Left.png((AndyWikinews waves Right.png)) Yeah that's right mate.

Wikinews waves Left.png((PGWikinews waves Right.png)) Has there ever been a point when you've wanted to give up doing the stats?

Wikinews waves Left.png((AndyWikinews waves Right.png)) No. I just like to do it and if I want a break it give someone else a go and tell then the action.

Wikinews waves Left.png((PGWikinews waves Right.png)) Good to hear mate. Final question - do you want to add anything for readers?

Wikinews waves Left.png((AndyWikinews waves Right.png)) Thanks for you time Pat and keep up the good work mate.


Sources

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