Welcome to the Queenstown Associated Football Club Annual General Meeting for the year of 2022.
As President I acknowledge the excellent work of all our other committee members.
Ian Collin our Vice President has continued to give me much advice and guidance despite being out of the country for most of the year.
Carly Blackbourn has again been invaluable. Titled Secretary she has again done much more than secretarial work and organises virtually everything. Thank you Carly, you will be sorely missed. This is Carly’s last year of being on the committee.
Jamie Whitmarsh – I have already stated my very positive views about Jamie. As you all know he will be moving on to a challenging and important role with Green Island AFC. We wish him All the Best in his new position.
Brian Howie has been another person to give me good advice and guidance this year and I give him my heartfelt thanks for his contribution to the club.
Tash Doyle has been a great success in her first year on the committee.She took on the challenging role of ‘Grants’ and has been a great success with this portfolio.
Many thanks also go to many unnamed helpers such as our coaches, home day helpers, parents who support our Home Day success with their time and their baking skills.
Without these people it is difficult to run the club successfully. They are the lifeblood of our great club and they go about their business without guidance or prompting and without any thought of gratitude.
Senior and Junior 2022 Season
Senior Football has again seen challenges outside our control.
Many training sessions were cancelled due to bad weather and waterlogged pitches impacting match day performances.
I am happy to report though that this should be a thing of the past as the works currently going on at the Events Centre should remedy this issue.
Our senior men’s team performed well in the first half of the season but then tailed off towards the end partially caused by training cancellations, injuries and absences.
For the first time ever this year we fielded two Women’s teams in Football South Competitions. Both teams did well with both teams finishing above half in their respective league tables.
Our FSDL under 15 team did well against much stronger opposition. Coach Steve Henderson was very pleased by their progress as the season progressed.
The boys and girls in our junior teams performed with distinction in the local competition and were strongly supported by many parents and relatives.
This year was the last to be organised and operated locally. Next year it is to be organised and operated by Football South.
They observed what happened this year and have been in deep discussions with the four clubs about how the competition can be improved.
Hopefully 2023 will see a much improved competition with both players and parents having a much improved satisfaction level.
Sponsorship is vital to any sporting organisation and it is vital that we keep good relationships with our current sponsors and that we explore new revenue streams.
I would like to thank all our current Sponsors:
- Colliers International,
- Dowling Construction Development,
- Dominator Garage Doors,
- QUBE Construction Cost Managers,
- Bella Casa Tiling,
- Stirling Sports,
- Queenstown Lakes District Council,
- New Zealand Racing Board
- and the Southern Trust.
On a personal note I will be stepping down from the position of President at the AGM.
I am very happy to inform you that our advertising for new committee members proved very successful.
It has resulted in a new President who will bring several new committee members with him. Many of you will know Simon Couldstone. Simon was a player at a very high level in England. He has a fourteen year old son who is in the club and also in the Whitmarsh Academy. Simon is one of the coaches for TWA.
This is a great move for the club. It is many years since the club has had a President who was also the parent of a junior.
The junior club is essentially the reason that we are all here!