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Dogs hail new Victory

Wednesday, 21st December, 2011

NEW BLOOD: North’s new President Ben Victory with one-year-old daughter Mackenzie. NEW BLOOD: North’s new President Ben Victory with one-year-old daughter Mackenzie.

 By Darrin Manuel

The North Football Club has found leadership amongst its younger ranks after appointing Ben Victory as club president.

The 33-year-old will be joined at board level by Justin Hoskins, 22, who will take on the role of Vice President.

Although Victory is relatively young for the top job, he looms as an ideal fit for the position.

He has played more than 230 games at reserves level for the club and is popular with players and supporters alike.

As co-owner of Offsys Telefix, he also brings a significant business background to the role.

Victory will continue his playing career with the Bulldogs in 2012, but said the Presidency represented an opportunity to contribute to the club on a whole new level.

“I was asked by a few people and I thought I might be able to do a good job at it,” he said.

“But it was mainly just to give something back to football club because it’s given me a lot over the last few years.

“It’s just a good chance to help out in general, really.”

Victory will take over from Gloria Hack who has moved into the position of Secretary after making headlines as the club’s first female President in 2009.

“I think she’d enjoyed her two years in the job but decided it was time to give someone else a go and get some fresh blood in,” said Victory.

“She’s done a fantastic job. She was our first female president and I’d just like to be able to the job half as well as her.

“I’ll just look to continue the good work done by Gloria and her committee.”

Victory said maintenance of the North clubrooms would also be a priority for the board in the near future, and every effort would be made to “do a bit of work and repairs just to bring the club up to scratch and make it a bit more modern for everyone.”

But while he and his team may have an eye on the club’s future, he said the other people in his life have been quick to remind him that he will have to juggle his new responsibilities carefully.

In addition to running a business, Victory also has a young family to consider.

“I’ve already been told by (Offsys co-owner) Judy Harvey to make sure my work gets done first and I’m keeping the customers happy... she’ll be cracking the whip,” he laughed.

“So I’ll just have to maintain a delicate balance between work, the presidency and home, especially with a one-year-old kid.”

Regardless of the burden Victory said he was confident that the club’s network of dedicated patrons would ensure he found his feet in his new role.

“I’ll have good back-up from Justin Hoskins as my Vice President he’ll be taking a lot of responsibility and I’ll still have Gloria there as the Secretary.

“There’s also a fair few stalwarts around the club who have been there for a while and done the top jobs, and I’ll be able to come to them if I have any questions or need support.”

North appointed its new officials at its annual general meeting on Sunday. 

Victory also received life membership on the day, along with Wendy Anderson, Chris Billings, Shayne Staker, Chris Mitchell and Marshall Kelly.

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