Foot­ball con­tri­bu­tion recog­nised

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

At the Dan­nevirke Sports Club AGM De­cem­ber 11, Ray Gib­son re­ceived the thanks of the club from chairman Craig Boy­den on be­half of all of Dan­nevirke for the con­tri­bu­tion he has made to foot­ball at all lev­els over 50 years as player, coach and man­ager.

The oc­ca­sion was Ray’s res­ig­na­tion from the club.

Ray was made life mem­ber of the Dan­nevirke Sports Club sev­eral years ago, was its per­son of the year and served on the com­mit­tee un­til six months ago when ill­ness took its toll.

Ray has been in­volved with Dan­nevirke Soc­cer since 1969. He started off with pri­mary school soc­cer in 1970 and or­gan­ised for Woodville to join Dan­nevirke in 1972. He then or­gan­ised a com­mit­tee for the ju­nior teams in 1974 and stayed with them un­til 1982.

Ray reg­u­larly took rep teams away to games as well as be­ing coach and man­ager. While play­ing for Dan­nevirke United, which later be­came Dan­nevirke Sports Club, they won the Tas­man League in 1977 and then skipped a league to the North Is­land Cen­tral League. This meant a lot of trav­el­ling and of­ten with one of his chil­dren hang­ing on. Ray played in this team un­til he was 40. Then in 1983 he played and coached a Dan­nevirke Chris­tian team.

In the 1980s Ray started to coach at Dan­nevirke High School, some­times hav­ing two or three teams at a time to coach. He be­lieved ev­ery child should play if they wanted to and when in 1987 Dan­nevirke High School couldn’t get games for a third team Ray or­gan­ised games for them ev­ery week.

He then had a break com­ing back to coach the High School sec­ond team 2002-2003, then went to the High School girls’ team 2007-2013, lead­ing them to a gold medal.

Af­ter hav­ing a break from play­ing, Ray came back to the senior men’s team in 2008. He coached its top team the Rangers 2010-2016 and led the Rangers to gold medals.

He then took on the ladies team from 2014-2017, which they had great suc­cess with gold medals and the Tingy Plate.

Ray also ref­er­eed for sev­eral years for all the teams.

Over the years since 1969 he has been chairman, sec­re­tary, and com­mit­tee mem­ber, and it is only due to ill health has he stepped down from it all.

Ray thanked the club for all the en­joy­ment he has had over the years.

Ray Gib­son shakes hands with Henry Brighouse, pa­tron of the Dan­nevirke Sports Club, at its AGM De­cem­ber 11.

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