DOB: 13 August 1970
From: Shepparton/MHSOB, Selection #50, 1987 National Draft
Statistical categories led:
Most games in jumper 52
Affectionately nicknamed 'Stinga' and known for his blonde locks, the former junior BMX champion was an energetic, quick and creative wingman who debuted just as the Demons were starting to become regular finalists.
After being selected by the Demons in the second edition of the national draft, Tingay played in the 1988 Under 19 premiership side before making his senior debut the next year and kicking the winning goal with his first kick in league football.
After playing 12 games in 1989, Tingay became a regular the next year with 24 games. It was in November of that year that he suffered his first serious injury - playing around with a friend in a Richmond building he fell through a plate glass window, severing tendons in his right wrist and taking a chunk out of his right thigh. Throughout his career Tingay would continue to be troubled by injuries caused by the accident.
He managed 15 games in 1991, but just six in the next season. In 1993 he bounced back to become one of his side's most important players. He had already been given the Robert Flower number 2 in recognition of his dashing wing play, and Tingay played a big part in Melbourne's successful 1994 season. After finishing third the year before he was runner-up in the Best and Fairest and voted All-Australian.
His successful season led to an offer from the new Fremantle side to join their inaugural squad. After weighing up the offer for a month he rejected it and chose to stay with Melbourne and was elected vice-captain for 1995.
He missed the opening rounds of 1996 after surgery for a chronic buttock-hamstring injury, stemming from the glass door incident, and was voted 'Best Clubman' that year, but after his mother was killed and father were badly injured in a car accident shortly after the season ended he considered giving the game away.
Restricted to three games in 1997 by chronic hip and buttock injuries, Tingay bounced back to be part of the successful 1998 campaign. Named deputy vice captain in 1999 Tingay returned to some of his best footy in the first nine games, but it came to an abrupt halt against Carlton when he was sidelined with ultimately career ending hip and upper hamstring injuries. The injuries persisted and Tingay remained on the long term injury list for the rest of 1999.
At the end of that year he underwent an operation to release a nerve which had been mistakenly tethered to a buttock muscle during a previous operation. Despite the operation a re-occurence of the injury meant he was unable to play during 2000 and spent the whole year on the injury list, bar one early season hitout with Sandringham when he failed to play out the full game.
During the year he had travelled to Western Australia for three weeks of intensive treatment in an attempt to force his way into the Demon finals side, but didn't make it and was delisted.
After 12 seasons with Melbourne, Tingay was offered the chance to train with a number of league clubs including West Coast. He was eventually granted permission to go to Perth and train with the Eagles but was eventually drafted by Sydney for 2001 - despite some suggestion he was headed for Richmond - despite yet another training ground setback with his injuries.
His continuous hip injuries, and a hamstring tendon torn from the bone, forced him into retirement by season end and he never appeared in anything more substantial for Swans than a brief appearance in a VFL practice match.
He officially announced his retirement on July 30 of that year. In August 2002 Tingay later launched legal action against the Demons over a bonus figure around the time of the extra payments to ward off Fremantle.
After retiring Tingay stayed involved in football having worked with Sydney and returned to the Demons in fitness and training roles. He later served as weights coach at St Kilda.
|Round 13, 1993||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Round 19, 1998||Charging||Not Guilty|
Canberra Times - 27/10/1994
"Tingay to put injury woes in the past" - The Age 30/11/1999
"Tingay close to rock bottom" - 24/02/2000
"Tingay under knife" demons.com.au - 31/03/2001
"Former Demons star sues for cash" - Herald Sun 21/08/2002