Good Evans: He’s the Bunnings bannerman

When Welshman Marc Evans came to Melville he was nicknamed “The Hitman”, legacy of having at least a vague idea of where the back of the net is.

But now he is in danger of being re-christened as “The Bannerman” after this week he had his photo taken as the face of Melville for a promotion at Bunnings new South Hamilton store on Kahikatea Drive (which opens on November 28).

Bunnings have been assisting Melville with small projects at Gower Park, and in return asked for a Melville presence on some of their store banner promotions.

“It’s always nice to see people trading up in life,” said Bunnings store manager Nick Wren of Evans’ transformation from Hitman to Bannerman.

Evans, as Melville’s second best player, was a natural fit as a club poster boy, explained club captain Phil Wheatley.

“I was initially going to volunteer myself for the photo, however they didn’t have a wide-angle lens,” Wheatley said.

“But Marc has profile, a disarming smile, that easy Welsh charm, and has recently lost 10kg, so was always going to fit nicely into a group photo.”

It was spooky, but somehow Marc Evans felt right at home in the Bunnings environment

It was spooky, but somehow Marc Evans felt right at home in the Bunnings environment

Meanwhile Evans said the link with Bunnings had already extended his horizons.

“I’ve never really got into DIY before,” Evans said. “Until now my main hobby has been collecting empty vodka bottles – if I saw one I just had to empty it.

“But the Bunnings experience is changing that. The challenge of the unknown is so much more exciting than stories of the accomplished past. As we say in the valleys of Wales, ‘achub ar y diwrnod’.”

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