Archer steps aside for new generation
Finley Football Club secretary Michael Archer has stood down from the position to make way for a new generation on the committee.
Archer announced his decision at the club’s AGM last Wednesday.
He became secretary five years ago after spending five years as the senior side team manager.
He said despite stepping back from the club he’ll still help out where he can.
Archer encouraged people to continue to volunteer for local clubs.
‘‘I’ve really enjoyed my time as secretary and it has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of new people in the community,’’ he said.
‘‘The football and netball club is vital to rural communities especially in the drought we are in at the moment.
‘‘Being a volunteer at a sporting or service club is important to all rural communities.
‘‘It was a real privilege and pleasure to work with senior coach Rob Daniel and president Ashley Haynes.
‘‘He does an enormous amount of work that goes unnoticed.’’
Haynes, who will serve another year as club president, paid tribute to Archer for his efforts.
‘‘He’s been a wonderful volunteer for the club over a long period of time,’’ he said.
‘‘Michael was instrumental in fundraising and design of the fantastic new facility we have.
‘‘He’s affectionately known as Dennis (after Dennis Denuto from The Castle) for his player advocacy at the tribunal.
‘‘He’s often the first to arrive and last to leave. Michael has carried out a lot of work behind the scenes; most people wouldn’t be aware what he was involved with,’’ Haynes said.
Replacing Archer will be Andrew Polkinghorne, while Laurie Fyffe will move from junior to senior vice president.
Emma Hurlston will join Mark Robertson as junior vice president.
At the AGM netball director Sasha Wood also announced she was stepping back from her role but will continue to play and umpire.
‘‘I’m looking forward to just being a football mum plus playing and umpiring,’’ Wood said.
‘‘This will give someone else a chance to get involved and put new ideas forward.’’
Club veteran Kerry McDonald has indicated she will be taking over in the interim.
McDonald has been at the club for over 30 years and is the mother of current A and B grade coach Chelsea McDonald.
Finley president Ashley Haynes