Hard work con­tin­ues for Saints

New pres­i­dent says Saints need to work to­gether to main­tain growth

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI

IN­COM­ING Myrtle­ford Foot­ball Net­ball Club Pres­i­dent, Ian Wales, says it will take a team ef­fort to con­tinue on the “mag­nif­i­cent” work achieved by Michael Quirk across the past four years.

Quirk over­saw a mas­sive fi­nan­cial turn­around at McNa­mara Re­serve, one of the three main ob­jec­tives the Saints must keep on top of ac­cord­ing to Wales.

Dubbed the “Three F’s”, Wales said the club must con­tin­u­ally im­prove their foot­ball depart­ment, fa­cil­i­ties and fi­nances to re­main a suc­cess­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The first ma­jor steps to achiev­ing such feats have al­ready been put in place with the key foot­ball sign­ings of Nathan Laracy and Jake Sharp, the re-emer­gence of an un­der 18s team and the up­grades to the net­ball and gym fa­cil­i­ties.

“Footy clubs, bas­ket­ball clubs, cricket and soc­cer clubs are so im­por­tant to a com­mu­nity be­cause you are deal­ing with young peo­ple- we have to give these kids a good safe environment and the best fa­cil­i­ties for them to grow up in,” Wales said.

“We can’t be com­pletely judged on wins and losses, a foot­ball club is so much more than that, it is a re­flec­tion of a com­mu­nity.

“Get­ting the thirds back for starters is a huge thing and full credit has to go to Tris­tan Purss for that. It’s vi­tal for our clubs sur­vival not only for player de­vel­op­ment but also from a gate tak­ing point of view.”

Wales has been in­volved with the Saints for over 40 years, play­ing his first of over 160 se­nior games in 1977. He has also coached at all three grades, most no­tably in the se­niors for 12 games in 1999 and has seen four sons go through the ju­nior pro­gram.

He hopes to draw on all his past ex­pe­ri­ences to suc­ceed in the top job but again stressed the club can only suc­ceed with all hands on deck.

“I be­lieve a Pres­i­dent shouldn’t re­ally have to do any­thing but they also should be in­volved in ev­ery­thing,” he ex­plained.

“I think del­e­gat­ing is a good word but to be able to del­e­gate you need to have peo­ple that are will­ing to put their hand up to do it, it’s im­pos­si­ble to del­e­gate to no one.

“I spoke to a cou­ple of re­ally good peo­ple such as Marnie Broz, Mandy Shilton and Rob Miotto as well as John Prior and a cou­ple of oth­ers. If they didn’t put their hands up to come on board I wouldn’t have taken the job on, it’s just too big of a role.”

Wales added that new se­nior coach Jake Sharp would bring a breath of fresh air to the club.

“I think what scares peo­ple about get­ting in­volved are some of the past fi­nan­cial predica­ments, but at the mo­ment I know the clubs po­si­tion, and that is a strong one.”

W ORK STARTS NO W :Ian W ales is look­ing forw ard to keep­ing M yrtle­ford on the right­path as he takes on the club’s top role.

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