Premiership cup 'borrowed' by council chief

GLORY: Andrew Johnson 'hands over' the 2004 premiership cup to incoming Certified Practising Accountants Australia president Amanda Taylor.

GLORY: Andrew Johnson 'hands over' the 2004 premiership cup to incoming Certified Practising Accountants Australia president Amanda Taylor.

Power fans will do anything to relive the glory of the 2004 AFL premiership.

Die-hard barracker and Port Pirie Regional Council chief executive officer Andrew Johnson “borrowed” the premiership cup for his own special moments at Alberton earlier this month.

Dr Johnson was handing over the reins as president of Certified Practising Accountants Australia to Amanda Taylor, campus manager of Kaplan Business School in Adelaide.

The ceremony was at the Port Adelaide Football Club and Dr Johnson found he was just a handball away from the magnificent trophy.

“It represented passing the baton, but I didn’t have a baton so the cup was the closest thing to me,” Dr Johnson said.

He served for the past year as president after four years on the divisional council, all the time using his position to promote Port Pirie among high-ranking identities.

“It has been a great opportunity to put the Port Pirie message across to senior business and government leaders,” he said.

“I have done a dozen events where I have chaired or presented meetings over the year with the biggest having an audience of more than 400.

“It was attended by senior public servants and senior business leaders in the state.

“At the presidential hand-over dinner, my wife Anna said a couple of people at our table had commented that it would be good not to hear Port Pirie all the time now that I have finished my term!”

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