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Let the footy begin!

Tuesday, 9th April, 2013

(From left) North board member Trevor Cutjar, and number one ticket holders Phil and Helen Grossi with and Rod Garner. (From left) North board member Trevor Cutjar, and number one ticket holders Phil and Helen Grossi with and Rod Garner.

By Emily Roberts

The 2013 Broken Hill football season was officially launched last night.

The launch, the first official one in many years, was held at the Democratic Club where AFL BH Board Chairman Peter Nash and his counterpart on the Competition Match Committee, Rod Garner, explained their plans for the year ahead.

Mr Garner said it was great to see representatives from all the clubs there.

He said that after watching the Lightning Cup matches last Saturday, Broken Hill was in for a great year of footy.

“Broken Hill is in for a bumper season. There is a lot of talent throughout the four clubs,” he said.

Local MP John Williams also attended the night with an announcement of his own.

Mr Williams said the AFL Board had won a grant to upgrade the canteen at the Jubilee Oval.

“Football plays a big part in the Murray- Darling; it is the life blood during winter,” he said.

“The BH Football League is supported by a lot of people. In a further demonstration of how good it is for the community, I announce that $22,000 is available for improvements in the kiosk.”

Mr Garner said the grant was great for the city.

“This is really good news and, looking forward, we can spend the money wisely where it is needed,” he said.

It was also announced that Phil and Helen Grossi would be joint number one ticket holders for the season.

“We rotate from club to club each year and North nominated Phil and Helen for their work over many years,” Mr Garner said.

“They have both worked tirelessly for North. They have been very generous sponsors and supporters and have taken football a step forward with the quality photographs they take each week.

“They fully deserve the honour of being our number one ticket holders.”

The season proper begins on Saturday with the minor round comprising of 18 games of senior and reserve football. This will be followed by the Preliminary Final and will culminate with the Grand Final on Saturday, September 7.

The women’s competition has also been expanded in terms of games and time played. The matches will consist of 15 minor round games (up by three

matches from 2012) and players will now play 15-minute quarters instead of 12.

The Under 18s start their season on Wednesday, April 24 and will play 15 games and finals and have a two-week break during the school holidays in July.

“When you throw in the Miners Cup in Adelaide it is shaping as a big year,” Mr Garner said.

“It is a thoroughly exciting time for all connected with football. We all go through the summer waiting for footy to start. Last Saturday with the Lightning Cup was just a taste - now we are all ready for this week and Round 1.”

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