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The Tarwin Football Netball Club finished the year in style with two presentation nights. The committee was ecstatic with the support and turn out at both events, reminding everyone that the club has a strong future to look forward to. 
The senior presentation night saw the rooms dressed up one last time for 2018, dinner by Brent Sinclair, vote count and award presentations as well as live music by Eric Collier. Club president Anthony Hulllck reminded Tarwin Sharks players and supporters that it is business as usual whilst the outcome of any proposed league changes are finalised.
A senior football coach has been appointed, to be announced in the next week. The committee will recruit others for vacant coaching positions in coming weeks and the AGM will be held on October 27 at 1pm at the clubrooms where all positions will be declared vacant. New life memberships were awarded to club stalwart Dean Ellen and 300 game player Travis Cameron.

New Life Members Dean Ellen & Travis Cameron welcomed into the life membership company of Vaughan Van Dillen and Crackers O’Loughlin, alongside committee member Nick McRae. Image credit: Tarwin FNC (click image for original source)

The Joff Ellen Memorial Award went to Ricky O’Loughlln and best club person to Rob Houston, who both stepped up incredibly well during the season, within the senior’s leadership as well as extra committee duties.

Ricky O’Loughlin 2018 Joff Ellen Memorial Award Winner with new life Member Dean Ellen. Image credit: Tarwin FNC (click image for original source)


Most will be aware that Alberton Football Netball League have voted in favour of the proposed merger with the Mid Gippsland FL. He is a message from Tarwin’s club president in relation to the matter:

Tarwin Shark Family.

As everyone would be aware, the Alberton Football Netball League (AFNL) is currently going through another review process conducted by the AFL Gippsland/AFL Victoria Country. The first recommendation is to merge AFNL with the current Mid Gippsland competition to form the Central & Southern Gippsland Competition. This would create a 15 club competition (Yarragon is recommended to join the Ellinbank League). Our club has agreed to support the investigation process of this proposal. Last Wednesday night l attended a meeting involving AFL Gippsland, AFNL Board of Management, all AFNL club presidents and Mid Gippsland presidents in Morwell. After 3 hours of very robust discussion, our club and Fish Creek requested a vote from the Mid Gippsland league regarding their stance on the possible merger of the 2 competitions. At no stage was anyone from the Mid Gippsland disrespectful to the AFNL or their representatives. It was a 10/0 vote against the possible merger (Yarragon attended and voted against the merger) and all Mid Gippsland clubs will appeal against the proposed merger.

AFL Gippsland spoke to the AFNL club representatives after the meeting to explain that they will continue to push on with the proposed merger. As a group, we explained to AFL Gippsland that we cannot be sitting around waiting while various other processes/appeals are conducted which may end up in a complete shambles like the last review 2 years ago. Our club presented a Plan B to AFL Gippsland (they previously had no Plan B) and the Plan B was supported in theory by the 5 other AFNL clubs. l need to keep this Plan B confidential at this stage, but l can assure our loyal supporters that it would be a very good fit for our club and also the remainder of the other AFNL clubs. We will keep everyone informed as things develop.

Tarwin Sharks Going Forward.

The Tarwin Sharks are fully committed for 2019 and beyond in whatever competition we are involved in. We have a tremendous base of loyal members, supporters, volunteers, sponsors and players who are committed to the Tarwin Sharks.

Our current committee are doing some fantastic work at this very moment, securing coaches and players for next season and all other important roles heading to 2019. We have recently appointed a new senior football coach for 2019 (will be announced next week) and Deb Griffin has accepted the A Grade netball coaching role for 2019, building on her fantastic job this year. All other coaching and support roles are currently being appointed and will be announced ASAP. We are also recruiting for a 3rd’s team for season 2019 so please spread the word and register your interest now.

We will also continue to have our Tarwin Valley Sharks running around on Sunday’s (we are proud to be the only stand alone AFNL club with under 10’s & 12’s footy juniors) and will look at the possibility of have under 14’s in 2019. Our junior netball is in a fantastic position, which as a club we are also very proud of.

The Tarwin Football Netball Club is a proud, strong and loyal club with a fantastic future ahead of us. Lets all get together and look towards 2019 and beyond.

Anthony Hullick - Tarwin Football Netball Club President

Original source of club president’s message can be viewed here

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