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A game changer

Monday, 26th March, 2012

NEW BOARD: (from left) Paul Habel (Quality Environments & Public Implementation), Jan Corey (Umpiring), Peter Nash (Chairman), Andrew Schmidt (Media Marketing/Sponsorship), Kym Ferguson (Facilities/Community Partnerships). Absent are David Sedunary (Senior Body) and Craig Gilby (Junior Football). NEW BOARD: (from left) Paul Habel (Quality Environments & Public Implementation), Jan Corey (Umpiring), Peter Nash (Chairman), Andrew Schmidt (Media Marketing/Sponsorship), Kym Ferguson (Facilities/Community Partnerships). Absent are David Sedunary (Senior Body) and Craig Gilby (Junior Football).

AFL Broken Hill board kicks off

By Balldock

Football in Broken Hill has seen plenty of changes in its 112 years, from the pigskin to the pace of the modern game.

But yesterday the administrative side of the game underwent a major facelift, one that should only benefit BH football for the long term.

A special meeting convened at the Musicians Club yesterday afternoon saw the AFL Broken Hill board come into being along with the election of it first chairman, Peter Nash.

On his appointment Mr Nash said he was excited at the prospect of what the future held for Broken Hill football.

Under the changes the Broken Hill Football League and the Junior Football Association join forces for the first time under the same umbrella with one goal and agenda; to provide advocacy, advice and assist with the operational aspects of the business.

The new AFL board will be the body legally responsible for the operations of the senior and junior competitions, ultimately ensuring that AFL Broken Hill is meeting all of its legal, financial and other obligations.

Members of the former league executive transfer to a new Senior Management Committee (SMC) which will also include an AFL board member who will be assigned to the senior or junior portfolio.

The CMC will work under a charter of operations, and will be in charge of the day-to-day running of the Under 18, Reserves and league games. The Auskick through to Under 13 and Under 15 will be run by the committee with those portfolios.

Importantly, the AFL board will provide recommendations and strategies for the short and long term benefits to ensure the survival of football in Broken Hill.

The Competition Management Committee will be chaired by Glen Williams with the new elected member Anthony Elliott taking on the role as Vice Chairman.

The secretary of the Committee is Linda Derham and Steve Trayhern is Assistant Secretary. The Junior Portfolio of the (CMC) will be chaired by Scott Dunne with Dayna Whitelaw as Secretary. Craig Dally and Robert Mitchell are board members. Libby Ormsby will take on the role as Financial Officer.

The most significant change to the structure of football in Broken Hill will be the introduction of Under 13 and Under 15 games on Saturday mornings, before the Reserves and League games, at the Jubilee, Alma and Memorial ovals.

During the season the Ladies Competition will commence with the girls playing nine rounds which will be broken up into three blocks of three games which will be played between the Under 15 and Reserves games. This concept looks to have plenty of merit and potential with Saturday mornings taking on a carnival atmosphere with junior clubs cooking barbecues and holding raffles. 

The junior Auskick games have been moved from Saturday mornings to Friday afternoons at league venues.

While we all wish for a smooth transition, it is sure to confuse some but once the bumps are ironed out and this well oiled machine hits full speed the benefits for football in Broken Hill will be enormous.

 AFL Broken Hill board members

PAUL HABEL - AFL (NSW/ACT) Community Football manager - Southern NSW. Paul played over 250 league games in the Western Border League and he has over 25 years experience as an Administrator of the game. His experience includes President of a junior League, club secretary and vice president along with a assistant secretary with the Western Border Football League. He is also a Life member of his former club along with his Mother and Father. He is a current level three coach and has coached at junior and senior and representative levels and has played in 6 Grand Finals including 4 premierships. Paul has worked for the AFL for 17 years and is the AFL NSW/ACT longest serving employee.

Paul oversees programs delivered to clubs and Leagues to improve the overall quality of the football environment and aims to deliver the best practice in administration, financial management, strategic planning and governance.

 KYM FERGUSON - Kym has been involved with football since the mosquito fleet. He played most of his games with North, however he had stints with West and Central. He also played with Collingullie in the Farrer League (Wagga Wagga).

When he retired from football he took up field umpiring and attained his level 2 AFL accreditation which he did for a number of years before injury forced him to retire. Kym is the current coach of the West Under 12, having previously coached West Under 10s. He is currently employed by Essential Energy as their regional HR manager.

 JAN COREY - Jan has been involved in Broken Hill Football for over 30 years in various roles. Jan has been a board member for both the West and South football clubs and has been Secretary of the Junior Football Association for five years and involved in umpiring as an administrator and a club delegate on the BHFL for the past seven years.

 CRAIG GILBY - Craig is a detective with the NSW Police Force and he has been involved with Broken Hill Football for 30 years. Craig played junior football for the Central Football Club, before a radio career with 2BH covering football and was a publicity officer with the BHFL for 10 years.

Craig was junior co-coordinator with the Magpies for 3 years and has filled many roles during his time in local football including manager and senior board member.

PETER NASH - Peter is a small business partner in Sampson’s & Torpys retail stores in Broken Hill. Peter played league football for the Central Football Club in the 80s, and coached the Magpies in 1992-94 and South in 1996-98.

He spent the next 10 years on the fringes before assuming the role as secretary/treasure of the Shinglebacks in 2008.

Peter has also been president of the St Josephs soccer club and the last three years on the executive as publicity officer. In the past two years he has commenced umpiring at junior AFL level and a few senior games.

ANDREW SCHMIDT - is the current manager of Broken Hill ABC. Andrew played football for the North Football Club but after injury cut short a promising career he served the NFC as an administrator from 1981 to 1999.

Andrew joined the BHFL in 2000 and served on the executive as vice chairman and deputy vice chairman until February this year, when he took up a position on the AFL board.

Andrew has also been involved in the media hosting radio football shows as well as writing match reports for the BDT. He also hosted a Friday night sports show on Central TV for three years and for the past 12 years he has been Vice President of the St Pat’s race committee.

 DAVID SEDUNARY - is the city’s leading sports and remedial massage therapist and safety/training consultant.

David played league football for the West Broken Hill Football Club and played in Adelaide and Alice Springs from 1970 to 1983, playing in premierships in 1978 and in 1980.

He coached league and reserves teams at the NFC winning one league and two reserves premierships, and coached the WFC from 1985 to 1991, winning the premiership in 1990.

He has served the Broken Hill Football League as representative coach along with roles as Vice Chairman and Chairman from 1999 till 2010.

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