Valued vollies kept season alive

Valued vollies kept season alive

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Centrals Football and Sportsman’s Club president Mitchell Crosby alongside members Warren Westphal, Damian Hodge, Bill Denholm, Lindsay Atwell, Ron Porter and Michael Lintern. Photograph – Richard Polden.

Members of the local sporting community have gathered at Mundijong Oval at the weekend to celebrate the invaluable volunteers that made the difficult season a success.

Committee members, coaches and volunteers attended a Sundowner at Centrals Football Club on Sunday afternoon to socialise and mark the end of a challenging season that many didn’t know would even go ahead.

The social gathering was one of the few that the club was able to host this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic having prevented it from holding club days.

Secretary Karina Miller said the club was eager to hold the event as a way to recognise and thank its 150 volunteers, many of whom have dedicated countless hours to ensuring the rocky season ran as smoothly as possible.

“We wanted a way for the volunteers who would not normally meet and come into contact with each other during the season to mingle,” she said.

“We wanted to say thank you to all of those people who give so much time to our players.

“Our committee spend several hours each week with multiple roles over the whole year.

“Our club could not run without the people who donate their time each week and even during the off season.

“Our players would not be able to take the field without coaches, assistant coaches, team managers, first aiders, runners, goal umpires, match day officials, time keepers, people to set up fields and pack away.

“We were so fortunate to have a season at all.

“For all of these people to continue on helping when there was a real possibility it would all stop mid-season was very appreciated by all.”