Archer steps aside for new gen­er­a­tion

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

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

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