The 2020-2021 off season has been one of great transformation for the oldest country club which is Castlemaine Football & Netball Club, and I am excited to lead a new executive with a vision for the sustained future success of our great club. I am honoured to be nominated and voted into the role of President of this historic club for a second year after. In 2020, we saw some big changes to the club on all fronts that unfortunately due to the season cancellation we could not display our club and what we stand for.
The off-season has seen many changes at the club, and I am delighted to lead a committee made up of so many great people who have embraced the challenge of driving the Magpies into the future. We also welcome plenty of new faces in our playing and coaching ranks and there is plenty of excitement about their prospects for the upcoming season.
On-field the club is shaping up well for another tough season of competition. Our new senior coach Don Moran has been a fantastic inclusion to our head of football and is ever working to ensure the most out of our club on and off the field. Along with Don we welcome a treasured player in David Stephens who will not only continue to play at senior level but is stepping into the role of coach of our reserve side for season 2021. Also, for our under 18’s we see another of our senior players and under 16’s premiership coach (2019), John Watson, take over for the year after a great stint from Brodie Martin. Brodie took over as coach for the under 18’s and returned us back to competition, he has now stepped into a senior Assistant role under Don. It is my pleasure to welcome all our new recruits and to wish our departing players all the best for their next endeavours.
The club will also continue to be well-represented on the netball court, junior football field with both boys and girls, and through our master’s side for over 35 players.
Like any club, volunteers are our life blood and we currently need more people to put up their hand to help. There are all number of jobs, some big, some small but all are important, and many hands make light work.
I’d encourage everyone in the community to get behind the club in any way you can. Come to a game, become a member, take on a role to help and enjoy being part of a great country club, now and for many years to come.
See you at the footy.
Castlemaine Football Netball Club