Playing number: 95
Games played: 200 plus
There is no question, of course, that Pup meets the “fit and proper” test.
Michael (Pup) Heath commenced with the Blacks in 2008. He played his 200th game and thus qualified for life membership in the 2020 grand final triumph.
He has played across a variety of grades. He was a 2018 recipient of Club Letters. He has been awarded the ‘Best Club Man’ trophy, together with multiple ‘Best Team Man’ awards, as well as having been a premiership player in 2010, 2019 and 2020. He coached the Chardonnays to a premiership in 2016, has held various other volunteer positions, and in 2019 and 2020 took on probably the most difficult coaching position in the club, the men’s B grade, where he excelled as a mentor and exemplar to all who played under him.
2009 D2R Best Team Man,
2014 Best Club Man,
2014 D1R Best Team Man,
2018 AU Club Letters,
2019 C1 Best In Finals
Premierships as player: 3
Div 2R 2010
Premierships as coach: 1
Service history etc: First game was in 2008. I became engrossed in the social nature of the club and was a loyal devotee to HYB – the Havelock was still thriving at this point! I started to get involved with the social committee and had a hand in organising The Blacks Ball and other events. I also started to hone my craft as a HYB host. I dabbled in Communications, writing the Substandard and launching the AUFC into the world of social media.
Whilst injured in 2016, Dirty was forced to take some time off and I was able to coach the C1 flag, a real highlight.
In 2019 and 2020 I coached again, this time with the 1Res and assisting with the Div 1 side.