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Assets 'sold' to fund season

Yarroweyah Football Netball Club puts the name of its prized facilities to the highest bidder, using star power of football and netball legends.

ROBERT HENSON March 24, 2014 4:23am

Former Australian netball representative Shelley O' Donnell.


Yarroweyah Football Netball Club is on track for a fully funded and resourced 2014 season after a successful auction night last week.

Club treasurer Garry Jones said while the turnout on Thursday night on the oval was a little disappointing, the response from bidders far outweighed expectations.

‘‘It was very good. We were a little disappointed with numbers ... we know people had other things on, being a weeknight,’’ Jones said.

‘‘But we’re very, very happy with the purchase of the club’s assets.’’

The football field, the scoreboard and the clubrooms were pre-sold, while the bar, netball courts and change rooms were auctioned on the night.

‘‘All in all, we’re still doing the sums, but we budgeted to get $5000 and I think we’ve got $15000.’’

On the night, AFL hall-of-fame player Terry Daniher was first to speak, praising ‘‘the spirit’’ of Yarroweyah in the face of adversity.

‘‘For me it’s a real pleasure to get out into the country ... it’s not Ungarie (NSW), it’s not my home town, but by geez it’s pretty close to it,’’ Daniher said.

‘‘I came from a township, 300-odd people; the spirit’s there, and it never dies.

‘‘We love the town, we’re proud of it, love our little sports clubs, and for me it’s tremendous to come along to say a few words for you guys.’’

Yarroweyah’s new club song was also revealed on the night, doing away with the former tune, which had references to alcohol (We have our battles, we have our booze/But we just do not lose).

Yarroweyah past player Bernard Murray said the original song had been created ‘‘for a joke’’, with the Dad’s Army tune alluding to the ‘‘bunch of old guys’’ in the original team.

Ten-year veteran of the Australian netball team Shelley ODonnell also spoke of her career, spanning 80 test caps and three world championships.

O’Donnell spoke to some of the local young netballers, and said her passion was in promoting the game.

‘‘But seeing how the game’s changed now, where there’s five teams from Australia and five from New Zealand (in the ANZ championship) and to see a few games televised each weekend.

‘‘That competition that I got when playing against new Zealand, they get to have that every week.

‘‘I didn’t have the players to look up to, that kids today have, where they can watch Australia, or the Vixens, or whatnot, and actually try and replicate their game and be like their heroes.’’

O’Donnell said the international sport still did not receive funding or respect on par with men’s sports, such as AFL.

‘‘I remember I played in one major international tournament, and thinking, it was an amazing game we’re going to get front page (of the newspaper) for sure but Dermot Brereton had a haircut, and that was apparently bigger news.’’

At the end of the night Collingwood great Peter Daicos spoke about his 250-game career and challenged local punters to a goal kicking competition afterwards.

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