This was a year everyone was waiting for, a year with no covid or interruptions. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans and we had a significantly rain affected season. The rain didn’t dampen our spirits and we were all just happy to see the kids out playing footy again even if it was in puddles.
We had 39 teams this season and 27 made the semi finals and we came away with 6 premierships which is a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to all the teams for a great season. The Mini Dragons program ran again, and we had a great turnout once again.
This year we started our Mental Fitness for Life Program, and it was a great success. We managed to run specific courses for different age groups t help with understanding, responsibility, guidance and help with mental health, social media, tomorrow man, tomorrow woman and team bonding issues.
We also held a girl’s league tag camp for mental health and team bonding.
A special thanks to all our sponsors this year. This was our biggest year ever for sponsorship with plenty of money going towards the kids and mental health programs. Our club sponsors are what keeps the club going and without your support the club would not be able to function so once again thank you for your generous support.
To all our coaches, managers and trainers thank you for your time and effort in teaching and organizing of our kids throughout the year. Without you the kids wouldn’t get on the field. Thanks to all the parents for your support and for running the canteen and barbecue each week.
I would like to thank the executive Grahame Wagener, Belinda Green and Derek Spurdle, our Vice Presidents Sarah Gurney, Matthew Henson, Michael Stone, Matthew Chapman, Ben Jones, Matthew Knigge, our management committee, and the general committee for your help you have done throughout the year in helping of the running of the club, we all look after a part of the club, and it doesn’t go unnoticed. You make my job so much easier from the workload you all take on and I really appreciate all you have done throughout the year. I would also like to mention our life members that still support and give guidance in running the club. A special mention as well to Donna and Corey for the excellent work in running the canteen so well all year.
Some things to look forward to next year are mini dragons, a bigger program for mental health, the new under 12 boys’ mental health and team bonding camp in February and the girls 12’s to 14’s league tag mental health and team bonding camp in March. We will also look at having more social events for all the families in the club to enjoy.
Remember as a growing club we are always looking for new people to join the committee to share the workload. As a committee member you are never forced to work, we always ask first to see if you have spare time. In 2023 we would love to see some new faces to help out and give input into running of the club.
Thanks to everyone for giving me the opportunity to lead the club I love so much it has been a privilege. I hope you all have a great offseason, and the rain stays away. I look forward to seeing you all back in 2023 for another great year for the mighty Dragons.
AARON PALMER • PRESIDENT