Rob Foran is the new president of the Moama-Echuca Border Raiders and hopes to improve the club's social atmosphere.GEORDIE COWAN June 20, 2014 3:25am
Rob Foran is looking forward to leading Moama-Echuca Border Raiders as the club’s new president.
Taking over from Peter Beis, who is moving to Melbourne for work after two years at the helm, Foran said the role offered him a chance to do something for the soccer club.
‘‘With a bit of a tough year, it’s probably a good time to come in and try to help out a bit more than I have in the past,’’ Foran said.
The club has not fielded a men’s division one side or a women’s team this year, mainly due to a lack of numbers, but the club has added an under 18 side to the Bendigo competition.
Many of the team’s senior players are backpackers, while a contingent of Deniliquin players have also played, who are keen to restart the Deniliquin Soccer Club next year.
A committee member for three years, Foran said taking over the reins was the least he could do.
‘‘We are trying to get the club back to fielding four sides next year if we can,’’ he said.
Foran’s biggest aim while in charge of the club is to improve the social atmosphere.
‘‘We’ve been pretty disconnected between our senior and junior club, despite being under the same banner,’’ he said.
‘‘As evidenced by our breakfast on Saturday (where club members watched Australia’s first World Cup game against Chile), the seniors and juniors are starting to find out that they both exist.
‘‘Hopefully the juniors then start to realise there is more to football than the under 16s and there is a pathway through us, hopefully on to bigger and better things with their football.’’
Foran has, naturally, been keenly following the Socceroos’ performances at the World Cup and he has been overwhelmed by the team’s performances, including that against The Netherlands yesterday.
‘‘It was a really great effort from the boys,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve said we were going to get a shellacking, so I’ll have to eat a bit of humble pie.
‘‘They’ve well and truly exceeded my expectations despite not getting any points yet.’’
The president said it was great seeing the sport grab the headlines for a few days and thought it had a positive flow-on effect to the local game.
‘‘I think you do peak people’s interests a little bit more leading up to the World Cup, so I am just hopeful we can keep qualifying for them,’’ Foran said.
‘‘Our youngsters haven’t missed out on a World Cup since they were born really, whereas most of us have spent most of our lives with Australia not making the World Cup.’’
Foran thanked the support of the club’s committee and the efforts of previous president Beis and Darryl Brown, who has chaired in the interim.
Anyone interested in playing for the club is asked to email David Coward at email@example.com while club inquiries can be directed to Foran at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm, while juniors under 16 have a session on Wednesdays at 5pm.
The club is hosting a family fun day at Rich River Golf Club Resort on Sunday, June 29, where children can play futsal, tennis and a bit of golf for a gold-coin donation.
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