Ex­cit­ing time for the Rams

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

De­niliquin Rams pres­i­dent Clint Free has said it’s an ex­cit­ing time to be in­volved at the club.

Speak­ing ahead of the foot­ball and net­ball clubs AGM to be held to­mor­row, Free — who plans to take on the top job for a sec­ond sea­son — said a re­cent fund­ing wind­fall had given ev­ery­one a lift.

The Rams were one of a hand­ful of lo­cal sport­ing clubs to re­ceive a size­able grant this month, al­lo­cated $559,000 in the lat­est round of the Stronger Coun­try Com­mu­ni­ties scheme.

The grant is re­garded as a once-ina-gen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity for the club which plans to in­stall a play­ground, re­lo­cate and ren­o­vate the kitchen and im­prove the club­house view­ing ar­eas up­stairs and down­stairs.

Free said with such ex­cit­ing times ahead he be­lieves there is a strong feel­ing of op­ti­mism and he wants other peo­ple to get on board.

‘‘These up­grades will be un­be­liev­able and will only add to the won­der­ful fa­cil­i­ties we al­ready have.

‘‘Footy and net­ball clubs take a lot of work to run for ev­ery­one in­volved, and news like this at the end of the sea­son was great tim­ing and gave ev­ery­one a lift.

‘‘We’ll also have new net­ball courts in place for next sea­son thanks to a Stronger Com­mu­nity grant we re­ceived last year.

‘‘It’s an ex­cit­ing launch­ing pad for 2019, and with the AGM com­ing up I’d en­cour­age new peo­ple to get in­volved at a com­mit­tee level, and even for­mer com­mit­tee peo­ple per­haps get­ting back on board af­ter some time away.

‘‘We’d ap­pre­ci­ate some ex­tra hands with the year we have ahead. There’s a lot of self­sat­is­fac­tion to be gained from help­ing out — I know I’ve re­ally en­joyed it and I’m al­ready look­ing for­ward to 2019.’’

Free said any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the com­mit­tee or tak­ing on a role at the club can con­tact him on 0417 042 775.

He said there are roles avail­able that don’t re­quire join­ing the gen­eral com­mit­tee.

‘‘For ex­am­ple, we had our long-time head trainer Michael ‘Kook­aburra’ Ben­nett stand down from this po­si­tion at the end of the sea­son. Kooka will stay on to help but we’d love for some­one to step up and fill the void.

‘‘There are train­ing cour­ses and ex­penses the club will pay for to en­sure the right per­son has the skills needed to do the job, and Kook­aburra (Ben­nett) will be there for sup­port.’’

The Deni Rams AGM will be held at 6pm on Oc­to­ber 24 at the Hardinge St Oval clu­b­rooms.

Clint Free.

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