2018 Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club President Report
Season 2018 has again proved to be a successful one for the ‘Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club’, with the highlight of the season being the Grand Final Day with our Reserve team coming home with the premiership cup and our under eighteens winning back to back flags
This year the Board successfully developed a very professional sponsorship package and I would like to acknowledge the support of our sponsors. The generosity of our sponsors assists us in providing valuable resources for our junior and senior players as well as supporting programs run by the club.
On the field the club had a tremendous year with our senior football side making the first semi-final and in netball the C Res team made the Grand Final, B Grade and Under 15’s the Preliminary Final and the Under 17s the Elimination Final. A pleasing aspect of the season was the continued development of our young players who made meaningful contributions to the teams they represented. Our young talent in netball shone through with Imogen Broad taking out the 15 & Under League Best & Fairest and Megan Gunther came runner up in B Grade.
Our hardworking board and football and netball committee and has again been at the core of all club activities and I congratulate them on the great contribution that have made to our club. I would like to acknowledge the outstanding work and commitment of our board, Wes Moon (Vice President), Marie Scott (Secretary), Fiona Moon (Treasurer) Leigh Forster (Football Operations), Kim Lister (Netball Operations) , Robert Moon (Bar Manager), Lorraine Dingwall (Catering Manager), Nev Miller and Colleen Hampson. I would also like to thank the huge contribution of the netball and football committee members.
Thank you to our Football Coaches: Gavin James and Brad Fawcett, Alex Harper and Nathan Fitzpatrick for taking on their jobs with great commitment and passion. I take this opportunity to wish Brad and Alex well as they step down from their coaching roles and thank them for their huge contribution over the past years. Hopefully we will still see Brad out on the field, using his wealth of experience to guide the youth in our teams. We have appointed our football coaching staff for 2019 with Adrian McErvale taking on the Senior coaching role, assisted by Gav James, Dylan Tonkin is our Reserves Coach and Nathan Fitzpatrick takes on the Under 18 team. We welcome Adrian and Dylan to the coaching ranks and along with Gav and Nathan, I wish them all the best and look forward to working along side them in 2019.
A very big thank you to our Netball coaches; Zoe Kennedy, Deb Forster, Georgia Holland and Amber Angel. Kelly Gould, Karlee Gilmore and Adam Caspani for their tireless efforts in training and coaching their teams.
We also have a huge support crew behind every team, so thank you to our recruitment officers, team managers, umpires, trainers, first aid assistants, court supervisors, water carriers, time keepers, scorers, gatekeepers, bus driver, equipment stewards, scribes, those that prepare the surfaces each week and the many other volunteers. Without the efforts of all these volunteers our teams would not be able to perform as well and we would not have a club.
Our Social Club Committee has once again been proactive and have organised great activities to ensure our club members have the opportunity to get to mix well. The promotion of our club has been another success story this year with our social media, website upgrades, news articles and merchandise really kicking off. Thank you to all who worked on these areas.
This year we have had a very successful junior participation on a Thursday night and some Saturdays, with Auskick/Sporting Schools and Net Set Go. Thanks to Karlee Gilmore and Kelly Gould for being instrumental with these programs and also to our local schools for assisting with the Sporting Schools Program. Thanks to Chris Cain, Mitch Gunther, Marcus Fergusson and Karlee Gilmore for coaching and assisting with the upcoming members of our club.
Our catering committee continue to do an amazing job throughout the season and ensure that everyone is well fed. This is a huge income stream for the club and we are very appreciative of their efforts.
This year we have seen ex-President Garry Wishart’s dream and David James’ legacy become a reality with the huge upgrade to the light towers for both the netball and the football areas occurring. A huge thank you to David James for his generosity with his time and work involved in bringing the project to fruition.
The development of a strong club culture has also been a focus this year with the SALT Program kicking off by establishing our core values; Respect, Unity, Selflessness, Commitment and Positivity. We look forward to this program developing and gaining momentum in 2019.
Our fundraising efforts have once again been successful and thanks must go to all involved in the organisation and contribution to our cropping project, woodcutting, goods and services auction, catering and the myriad of raffles etc.
2019 will again be another exciting one for the club as we look for continued improvement on and off the field. The introduction of new personnel will provide us with renewed energy and direction for us going forward. In my opinion, our greatest threat is the limited amount of volunteers that we do have, facing burn out. To enable our club to thrive it is important that we cultivate a much greater number of volunteers and have everyone with a ‘job’ As the saying goes ‘Many hands make light work’, so I encourage everyone associated with the club to take on a small role and together we will get the big job done.
In closing I would like to thank all the members of the Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club for allowing me the opportunity and also having the confidence in me to be President.