Hard work continues for Saints
New president says Saints need to work together to maintain growth
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.