Yarrawonga Football Netball Club’s new president Scott Jaques, is “very honoured and looking forward to the challenge” regarding his top executive role.
“I’m very mindful of the responsibility that goes with the task,” Mr Jaques, who was elected unopposed at the club’s AGM on December 10, told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
The 50-year-old expressed his thanks to immediate past president of three years, Andrew Mott and to the second last president, of 18 years, Glenn Brear, whose length of presidency he described as “just unbelievable”.
“The organisation has a huge reach within our local community - seven football and netball teams on a Saturday, Sunday three boys and two girls football teams as of next year, Friday Auskick and Saturday morning eights, 10s and 12s junior football and seven teams at Wangaratta on a Saturday morning.
“There are parents, volunteers, support staff, people in the area who follow the football netball club.
“It’s a wonderful club, very good people around the club. We hope to continue and grow it as a welcoming, inclusive hub of the community and we’d like to get more people involved.
“Anybody who may now have some spare time or may be new to town and would like to be involved, we’d welcome your help wherever possible.”
Since September, Seamless Consulting has been supporting the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club with contract administration and marketing. In fact, the club’s secretary role is now being performed by Seamless Consulting’s Annalise Grinter.
“It’s enjoyable as well,” Annalise added to the president’s call for more help from community members. “It’s great to get involved, sharing our passion for the sports and making friends in the community.
“The club is in a very unique position to influence the lot of young people in a positive way. Club supporters are from all walks of life and many - players or supporters - have gone on to become role models and very successful persons in business.”
A plumber by trade, Mr Jaques played five seasons with Yarrawonga Reserves and has served the last decade on the committee, including about half that time as secretary. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time and it’s why I stayed involved. It’s a significant part of our community.”
Two new committeemen were elected at the AGM in premiership coach Chris Kennedy and Damian Cummins. Two committeemen, last year’s president Andrew Mott and Clinton Shoppee stepped down. Scott Pendergast was re-elected unopposed as vice president.
“I’m very happy with the committee,” the newly elected president said. “It’s healthy to have some new faces every year.
“Our administration and marketing are now managed by Seamless Online.” Annalise is in charge of a team of five.
Mr Jaques was pleased to advise that all football coaches have been appointed for season 2018 with senior co-coach from last year, former St Kilda and Sydney player Damien Sexton sole senior coach, former Pigeon and now school principal at Dookie, Tim Seal, as Reserves coach and 200-club-gamer Ross Mulquiney to take charge of the Thirds.
“Netball coaches are to be announced by the club shortly,” the president said. “There are a lot of initiatives underway for the overall improvement of the club with a second netball court, female changerooms and LED lighting - hopefully through grant funding but requiring club contribution too.
“A group is organising a New Year’s Eve Ball with proceeds going towards this project.”