President’s Speech from Presentation Night
To say there has been a lot happening over the 2017 Winter Season is probably an understatement.
We started with a full rebranding of the Club which saw positive results including a 200% Sponsorship increase and the Club’s first ever Major Sponsor in REISA (who have also committed to the 2018 season). A big thank you to REISA CEO Greg Troughton and his team.
A big thankyou also goes to our Silver Sponsors (Go Loans, Peter Page & Hilton Hotel); as well as our 14 PL Player Sponsors and 12 Team Sponsors. Without the generous support of our sponsors, it would not be possible to make the in roads we have this year, so we sincerely thank you.
In August, our Executive presented our Accreditation Review to Netball SA to remain in the Premier League competition. It was extremely pleasing to receive a positive result and recognition from Netball SA on the work conducted by the Club. A big thank you to Executive Team and Caitlin North for the time & effort put in to meeting the NSA requirements.
The 2017 SPNC season saw improvement by our Premier League squad, with the Club managing to achieve its first PL wins (3 in total) during our short SPNC history. Well done ladies! Last month, the Club appointed Rod Webster as our new Premier League Coach for 2018. Rod understands the Club’s focus over the next few years, and brings with him years of experience and success at the top level.
Some other great wins for the Club in 2017 have been:
Half our teams made it through to the final series. Unfortunately we couldn’t secure a Premiership win, but with this improvement we are optimistic for the future.
The AMND team showed improvement, rising from 9th in 2016, to 4th in Winter 2017.
Our B2 side (in 2016) was elevated to B1 (in 2017) & finished 2nd overall.
Three Inter teams competed in the finals series, compared to one team in 2016.
The delivery of our first Inter & Junior Academy Programs – with six players selected in the AMND Academy.
Achieving umpire badge representation at all levels in the Metro Jets Umpire Program.
Nine club coaches gained accreditation & online coaching resources were made available to all Club coaches.
Our Sub Committee did a tremendous job during the winter season, organising events such as our: Junior & Senior Presentations; Season Launch; NSA Club Day; Bogan Bingo; Trial BBQ’s; etc. These amazing ladies coordinate not only financial support for the Club but also an improved Club culture overall – a special thank you to Wendy Eddy, Julie Detomaso, and Sonia Pellicone who documents all the wonderful achievements in our MJNC Newsletter.
Lastly, I would also like to thank the following volunteers for their contribution and continuous improvement of our Club: Anna Cupkovic; Fiona Lindblom; Lou Washington; Simon Adam; Ann-Marie Ordner; Di Mitchell; and Shirley Mencel.
I would also like to thank our Executive Team for the countless hours they volunteer to our Club. Whilst I am extremely proud of their assistance and support, it must be noted that our Executives are all employed full time, and juggle their own families and personal lives as well. That being so, I would like to personally thank Katrina, Tracy, Sherrilyn and Judith for their continued support – we couldn’t do it without you!
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