Volunteers driving local footy
Tuesday, 25th March, 2014
By Ethan James
Teamwork was the buzzword at the AFL Broken Hill season launch at the Demo Club last night.
AFLBH Chairman Peter Nash officially opened the 2014 competition by paying tribute to volunteers at all levels that provide the framework for the on field action.
He thanked those who help maintain Jubilee Oval, as well as the off field staff who assist in managing the competition.
“The game generates plenty of passion... we’d like to continue to promote the sport and its healthy active lifestyle,” he said.
“But the pre-season is now over and we’re all ready to play.”
The evening was attended by three of the four clubs, with representatives from West a notable absence.
NSW/ACT Community Football Manager Taleah Neowhouse was also at the launch, and spoke about the strength of women’s football in Broken Hill.
“It is the third largest women’s league in NSW/ACT... we’d like to help those clubs get bigger and stronger.”
Participation Officer for Southern NSW, Marc Geppert, said that AFL’s junior base in the Silver City was equally as strong.
“There are about 250 Auskick kids and in terms of numbers, that would be in the top five in our region,” he said.
“Per capita it would have to be the strongest.
“We’d like to thank Broken Hill for their hospitality and to congratulate them for their work at grassroots levels.”
Members from the AFL offices in Wagga Wagga will be running Auskick clinics in primary schools today.
Two presentations were made on the night, and number one ticket holders for 2014 are Loi and Kathy Zanette from Central.
Loi, who won a flag with the Magpies in the 1980s, accepted the season passes after arriving back in town in the nick of time from Clare.
“They’ve been the backbone of the executive and social side of the club for a long time and it was an easy decision to make them the number one holders,” Nash said.
Meanwhile, the certificate for Volunteer of the Year in 2012 was given to Richard McLean after it was uncovered during some off season cleaning at Lionel Johnston house.
The AFL action begins with the Lightning Cup on Friday night at the Jubilee Oval.
South meet West in the women’s grades at 6pm, followed by the men’s squads at 6:45pm.
North then play Central in both competitions from 7:45pm.