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
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 .
‘‘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 $15
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 .
‘‘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.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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