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Warren Tredrea wins seat on Port Adelaide Football Club board

Former AFL premiership captain Warren Tredrea has been elected to join the board of Port Adelaide for a three-year term.

The club said Tredrea was the successful candidate in the Director election with 50.9 per cent of the ballots, with Bruce Abernethy receiving 49.1 per cent.

Only 199 votes separated the two candidates.

Port Adelaide Football Club Chairman, David Koch, welcomed the vote and said Tredrea’s experience in the game at the highest level, both as champion player and in the media, made him “a fantastic addition to the club’s Board of Directors”.

“It will be terrific to have his knowledge and experience around the Board table,” Koch said.

“A total of 10,405 member ballots were received, which historically is a very high number.

“It’s pleasing to see so many members engaged in their football club and having a say, in what was an incredibly close result.

“I sincerely thank Bruce Abernethy for his nomination to join the Board as a member elected Director. Bruce is also a champion of Port Adelaide, and it’s terrific to have past players who continue to be actively involved in the club.”

Tredrea replaces Kathy Nagle who decided not to re-nominate after completing her three-year term.

“Kathy has made a significant contribution to the Port Adelaide Football Club over the last three years, bringing important skills and knowledge to the Board,” Koch said.

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“Kathy is an incredibly passionate Port Adelaide person and I look forward to her remaining actively involved in the club.”

While his career spanned 14 seasons and 255 games, as well as captaining the club to its inaugural AFL Premiership in 2004, his election comes after months of speculation on what it will mean for the club.

Writing for InDaily in January, Michelangelo Rucci unravelled some misconceptions about their true agendas – particularly about coach Ken Hinkley.  

While the battle for the board chair was seen from outside as Abernethy supporting Hinkley and Tredrea calling for his head, Rucci said ‘it would be wrong to label Abernethy as pro-Hinkley”.

“I am at the time of my life when I can put back into my club,” Abernethy told Rucci.

“I love my football club. I now have a chance to do something for my football club. Why not?”

Privately, Tredrea said virtually the same thing.

“I am in a space of my life when I can help (my club),” Tredrea has told those asking about his motivation to be a board member at Alberton.

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