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THE Alberton FNL board is remaining strong
and united, with all five directors retaining their
position on the board at Wednesday night’s an-
nual general meeting.
The board has stood strong through adversi-
ty, after the league was left to pick up the pieces
when it was reduced to a seven-team competi-
tion as part of the Gippsland Senior Football
But the board has made a pact to stick to -
gether and move forward, and president Barry
Stride spoke highly of the board.
“Every one of those board members, their
blood’s worth bottling,” he said.
“You can tell the gratitude and respect the
seven clubs have for their board, and they’ve
fought every inch of the way and the fight’s a
long way from over.
“Director of Football Operations Neil Park is
as solid as a rock and doesn’t back down if he
fully believes we’re 100 per cent in the fight.
“He’s been fantastic all the way through this.
He has not taken a backward step once.
“Director of Finance and Sponsorship Ralph
Hubbert is great because he’s the facts and fig-
“He chases everything down and comes up
with amazing facts and figures in regards to
all aspects of what we’ve had to put up with.
His knowledge and his calming influence have
been very helpful.
“Director of Netball Operations Leonnie Mc-
Cluskey’s input into netball and the way she’s
gone about things has been exceptional. She’s
always been there to help out.
“Director of Special Events and Media Dean
Cashin is the quiet achiever. The work he does
behind the scenes and his input into the finan-
cial side and legalities of certain issues is one of
the main reasons we knew which direction we
The board is also thrilled to have adminis-
trator Lynn Whelan back after a stint with AFL
“To be able to get Lynn back is a godsend be-
cause with the things we want to do this year,
we know she’ll be able to make a lot of those
happen,” Mr Stride said.
“Her expertise in football and netball admin-
istration is really going to set us up.
“We’re looking forward to the start of the sea-
son and turning our league into a family-ori-
entated league where everyone can get together
and have fun, enjoy footy and netball and create
a lot of new friendships.”
One change to the league from the AGM is
that Alberton will no longer have a netball sub-
committee, but netball delegates will be includ-
ed in all league and club meetings and netball
The Alberton FNL board was unchanged at the league’s annual general meeting on Wednes-
day night, with directors showing unity during a tough time. At the meeting were director of
Football Operations Neil Park, director of Finance and Sponsorship Ralph Hubbert, league
administrator Lynn Whelan and director of Special Events and Media Dean Cashin. Absent:
AFNL president Barry Stride and director of Netball Operations Leonnie McCluskey.
Alberton board united GIRLS’ footy is continuing to grow in South
Gippsland, with Wonthaggi Power starting a
Youth Girls team this season.
And if the enthusiasm shown by the 15 girls
at the club’s come and try session on Wednes-
day night is anything to go by, the new Power
team is set to kick goals.
The team will be coached by Nicole Mores-
co, who has been involved with junior teams
as runner and helping at training sessions.
She said it was exciting for the girls to have
the opportunity to play footy.
“It’s been a great response and hopefully we
can get some more numbers,” she said.
“We’ve had great support from the senior
coach Stuart Gilmour, and everyone at the
club’s been really supportive.”
The Power will play in the new Southern
Gippsland Junior Football Competition, pre-
dominantly on Sundays after the under 10,
under 12 and under 14 junior matches have
The competition will feature girls’ teams
from Phillip Island, Dalyston and Inverloch-
Kongwak, with the likely addition of Bunyip
and Poowong-Loch to form a seven-team com-
AFL Gippsland football development man-
ager Chelsea Caple has been thrilled with the
success of girls footy in South Gippsland.
“It’s gone from one team in the first year, to
Phillip Island, Dalyston, Poowong-Loch and
Leongatha in the second year and now seven
teams in the third year,” she said.
“It’s phenomenal how much it’s growing
and occasions like the weekend where we see
women’s footy showcased on the biggest stage
makes my job a lot easier from a promotions
perspective, because girls see it on TV so I
think it’s exciting for girls to see it’s a reality
that they can play at the national level.
“We’ve got to do a lot of work on the ground
to ensure there’s enough girls coming through
the system, so it’s great that all the clubs have
come on board because they’re doing the
breeding for the future stars.”
Wonthaggi Power had a great turnout to its Youth Girls footy come and try session on
Wednesday night. Girls giving footy a go were, back, Erin De Santis, Chloe Cengia, Ally
Walravens, Felicity Tack, Nicole Moresco (coach), Lara Garry, Brogan Tiziani, Tara Mac-
Dermid and Ava Scapin. Front, Elise De Santis, Jemma Gilmour, Mikaela Notley, Juliette
Townsend, Lily Sharples, Chelsea Wilson and Daniella Moutafis. Rg010717
Power launches girls’ footy
TWO-TIME reigning St Kilda Football Club
best-and-fairest winner Jack Steven headlines a
star-studded list of Saints players attending this
week’s Australia Post AFL Community Camp.
The Saints have confirmed more details of
their two-day visit to South Gippsland, with the
three-time Trevor Barker medallist among the
most exciting inclusions.
Rising star Seb Ross, cult figure forward Josh
Bruce, popular ruckman Tom Hickey and excit-
ing recruits Jack Steele and Koby Stevens are
also among the 14 players making the trip.
Traralgon-raised Saints forward Tim Mem-
brey was excited to be returning to the region his
AFL journey began.
“I’m really looking forward to heading home to
give back to the community who gave so much to
me,” Membrey said.
“All my junior footy was played in Gippsland,
so I know how great it is to have a grounding in
the local sporting clubs.
“Hopefully through sessions like this we can
not only help kids develop their footy but also
connect them with their community.”
The Saints kick off a jam-packed camp sched-
ule with a Superclinic for local primary schools
at Foster Showgrounds from 1.15pm on Friday.
Players will then break in groups for commu-
nity visits, including autograph signing sessions
at Alex Scott and Staff offices at Inverloch and
Wonthaggi from 5pm-5.30pm.
Day one rounds out with the official community
camp function at The Wonthaggi Club, offering the
Saints fans the opportunity to hear from players
and coaches and mingle with the visiting stars.
The fun continues on Saturday, with a handful
of players attending Inverloch Park Run in the
morning before the entire group returns to Fos-
ter Showgrounds for a junior registration day,
practical coaching seminar and training session
for local thirds and fourths players.
This is followed by a session for the newly-
formed AFL Gippsland McDonald’s South
Gippsland Junior Academy.
Tickets are still available for the official func-
tion and can be purchased by visiting www.try-
booking.com/OFRN or calling AFL Gippsland on
Saints locked in for
Gippsland footy feast
Traralgon-raised St Kilda star Tim Membrey is looking forward to returning to Gippsland
for the upcoming Australia Post AFL Community Camp.
Bulldogs in town
Toby McLean gives Jacob some helpful ad-
vice when tackling.
Jackson Macrae with Grade 1 student Jas-
STUDENTS in Grades 1-4 from Wonthaggi
North primary school had the opportunity to
participate in an AFL footy clinic with play-
ers from the Western Bulldogs yesterday.
A series of rotational activities saw the stu-
dents enjoy a taste of the skills required to
play Aussie rules with the reigning premiers.
RIGHT: Clay Smith and Jason Johan-
nisen with very happy Bulldog supporters,
Sophie C and Sophie I.
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