David “Menschy” Mensch (#31)
Main entry: mensch
Definition: a person of integrity and honor
— menschy \’men(t)-shē\ adjective
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
I’m not really sure if David Mensch was indeed a mensch in the true sense of the word. I mean, he was definitely no David Dench, which makes him more of a mensch than Dench, but that doesn’t necessarily indicate he was a mench through and through – if you know what i mean. Anyway, the point is, just because a footballer has a noun as a surname hardly means his attributes reflect that; I mean, it’s not as though Jarryd Roughhead has a rough pill. OK, that’s a poor example. But I think you get the message.
Either way, what a great honour for The Terrace to kick off our past player post with the big man from Grovedale with an awkward number . ‘Menschy’ played 158 serviceable games for the Catters between ’92 and ’02, hauling his axe-splitting shoulders around the half-forward line. He averaged 1.1 goals, 7.3 kicks, 5 handballs and 4 marks per game. He was the joint-leading Geelong goal scorer in 2000 with…errr…the grand total of 39 goals. Oh, he also played in two losing grandfinals in ’94 and ’95, but which Geelong player didn’t player in a couple of losing GF’s in the ’90′s?
Menschy was lured up North-East in ’03 to play for the Mansfield Eagles (and cut some wood in his downtime), where he coached the club to a premiership in ’04. After a three-year hiatus back in the ‘grove, Menschy has returned to throw his weight around the Goulburn Valley once more, still wearing the famous number 31.
Unfortunatley, The Terrace couldn’t locate any video content of Menschy to complement this post, so that’s best left to the imagination. But, whichever way you look at ithe big man, Menschy was a loyal and dedicated servant to the club, which probably makes him something of a mensch, at least in a football sense. Menschy, The Terrace salutes you!