BIG TURNOUT AT SPONSORS’ EVENING
It was most encouraging to see such a good turnout at our sponsors’ evening at 1841 in J’ville on Friday night.
Club chairman Kerry Walsh outlined ‘The Way Forward’ for the club and committeeman Blair Hannah, in charge of Business and Sponsorship, thanked all of our current and prospective sponsors, explaining what our strategic objectives are for the season and he was also happy to report that we are already ahead of budget re sponsorship for the year.
J’ville boys step up:
Margaret Ellis (wife of our former president Barry who is recovering in hospital following heart surgery) had organised a WCC Push Play Trailer to be at a local event on Sunday and it was going to be run by the Scouts. Unfortunately they were unable to do it. Kerry Walsh subsequently sent an email out asking for support and prems coach Logan Tauiliili got back to him immediately and without question offered to do it . (Margaret’s mum died on Saturday night so it wasn’t a great weekend for her). A number of Jville boys stepped up and they ran a hugely successful afternoon for all the kids down at the historic Halfway House in Middleton Rd!
Many thanks to Logan, Hiko Davies, Eammon Carr, Anthony Pettett and Hemi Remuera.
You represented the J’ville club with dignity in giving of your time to the community.
Some feedback was posted on the Neighbourly website, from Raelene Joyce:
What an awesome time we had and thoroughly enjoyed meeting people. We sat by a lovely couple, one of whom was from Canada and her husband from England and they were travelling around New Zealand and we chatted about all sorts of things. What lovely people and was a pleasure to go and will be doing it next time too. Loved the sports arranged for the children too so thank you to the blokes [rugby players] that entertained the children.
Good numbers: There have been good numbers at training and premier coaches Logan Tauiliili and Garry Archer are looking ahead to the upcoming pre-season games — beginning this weekend — with some anticipation.
Families welcome: We have plans in place to make your club more family-friendly this season, with an area in the clubrooms set aside for children, and we are also introducing a new code of conduct, the wording of which will be prominently displayed throughout the clubrooms.
Help, please: But, despite all the positivity flowing through the club at present, there are still a handful of important problem areas and we are looking to all members to help us out if at all possible. We still require a physio for the prems, we still require a manager for the prem reserves and there are a couple of other ‘waterboy/girl’ positions which we need to sort out before the season-proper starts. (We will also require some help at a couple of upcoming Sunday working bees around the clubrooms before the season starts).
If anyone can see themselves in one of those positions (or sharing with a friend) or can put us in touch with someone, please contact Kerry Walsh or Turbo, or reply to this email. The more widespread the workload is the less responsibility rests on one person’s shoulders and the more people that there are pulling their weight and willing to help out will hopefully translate into solid results on the field in the coming months.
The first of the pre-season games take place this Saturday at Ian Galloway Park where the prems and prem reserves will meet Paremata-Plimmerton and Upper Hutt. 1pm-4pm. All welcome.
Saturday, March 4: v Old Boys Marist, Palmerston Nth.
Saturday, March 11: v Paraparaumu, Paraparaumu Domain.
Saturday, March 18: Round one, Swindale Shield (Gala Day). v Wellington, Maoribank Park 2. 2.45pm.
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