2021 AGM Reports

2021 President's Report 

Thank you for the opportunity to present this report for Warners Bay Football Club and thank you to all the coaches, managers and players for season 2021. 

For the second year in a row the season has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in a shortened season and no final series for any competitions. Also, for the 3rd year in a row we have not been able to have a presentation day for the kids. The 2019 year was rain affected. 

This year, the club took 722 (down from 755) registrations across 51 junior, all age and 035 teams, and senior teams in Zone Premier and Women’s Premier competitions. 

Four interdistrict teams finished the season as Premiers and congratulations go to

U12 Ds

U14 C

U16 B

U16 girls A 

I would also like to congratulate the miniroos teams and coaches for the way they played and displayed great sportsmanship and in particular Ben Mulligan who was named Macquarie Football’s coach of the month for June. 

Our Zone Premier League continued to be competitive across the 3 grades however the 1st grade could have achieved a somewhat higher position on the ladder. 

Our Women’s Premier League increased by an extra age group plus 3 ages in the Junior Development League. Congratulations must go to Captain, Elodie Dagg for Player of the Year and Player’s Player at the NNSW Awards. Also, to Craig Atkins for Coach of the Year. The Club was also awarded Club of the Year and Fair Play Award. Credit to all involved in the WPL this year, especially to Kellie Christian who stepped into the Co-ordinator’s shoes. Also a job well done to Craig, Dave Boertje for the work they put in to attract sponsors which has resulted in a healthy balance sheet for 2021. As we have now transitioned to NPLW we are now setup to be sustainable well into the future. 

The new playing surface held up pretty well over the course of the season with only 1 day washed out due to wet weather. The fact that most of our teams train at Hillsborough Oval greatly benefits the playability of John Street. The next stage of development will be to improve spectator seating for covered seating along the eastern part of the ground. Plans have been submitted for a Regional Sports Facility Grant to cover the cost. 

I say this every year, but for our Club to continue to be one the largest community Club in the Macquarie Association we need more people to assist in the day to day running of the club. Our Club is a community and only when the community bands together can it achieve its full potential. 

I would like to especially thank the Members of the Executive, Brett Urbanowicz, Rod Unsted and Mark Keeping. We all have full-time jobs and a lot of our spare time is devoted to Club. This season has been challenging and we have endeavoured to meet these challenges and get through the season as best we can. Some may not like or agree with some decisions the Club has made but decisions are only made in the best interests of Warners Bay Football Club. I said last year that this was to be my last year as President but I would be happy to continue for another year if asked to do so. 

Thank you,

Nathan Aurisch
WBFC President 2021.


2021 NPLW Report

Twelve months ago, when I was asked if I would do the WPL coordinators job I thought there was no way I will be able to do all this work but if I could manage to do a few things to help I will have made a difference. I can now say I know more about football than I ever really wanted to know. I would like to thank Craig, Nathan, and Mark for always making me feel like I kind of knew what I was doing.

The beginning of the year was an interesting time, we had lost 2 coaches but gained 4 extra teams. There were times I didn’t know how we were going to do everything, and we were very fortunate to have some of our senior girls decide to help with coaching teams otherwise we would have had teams with no coaches at all.

This year we introduced our 3 JDL teams and our 13s to the WPL competitions. We had mixed reviews of the JDL competition as it was a bit unorganised with the running of it but hopefully next year, they will have these issues sorted out. Our girls played well, and they all had a great time while learning to better their skills. We have a great bunch of girls so hopefully, they will stick with us for years to come and move their way into our youth teams.

Our 13s, 15s and 17s struggled this year, some worse than others but none of the girls ever gave up and neither did the coaches. Week after week they all turned up mostly with smiles on their faces because they were doing it for each other.

Our Firsts and Reserves did the best out of everyone, and it would have been interesting to see where they ended up if we had not been shut down again by Covid. Reserve Grade came 2nd and our First grade finished up in 4th spot.

There are so many people to thank but I have chosen just a few to bring to your attention. Firstly Dave Boertje, without Dave’s hard work this year in getting sponsors we would not have been in the position we were in, and he was always only a phone call away if I needed anything answered. Michael Tunbridge who also went out and found sponsors for the year as well as put his hand up for Match Day Coordinator which was such a huge job to do every Sunday home game, Shane Lewis who had no kids at Warners Bay but and still ended up coaching the under 10s as well as helping the under 12s, 13s and 15s, and lastly Daniel Cooksey and Jeff Keating for taking the photos every weekend and then uploading them to our WPL Facebook page for all the players to see. So much time and effort went in from all these people this year, so I just wanted to acknowledge them and say thank you.

At the Herald WPL awards this year Warners Bay did extremely well, and to say it ended up being a great year for us is an understatement. Congratulations to Elodie Dagg who took out Player of the Year and Players Player of the year, to Craig Atkins who took out Coach of the year, to all our players that took out Fair Play of the year and to the whole club for taking out WPL Club of the Year! It has been great getting to know all our players this year and I am so proud of everyone that is involved in Warners Bay WPL.

Moving forward to 2022 and the transition into NPLW we have full teams, Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Managers and TDs already all working hard to get our girls fit and ready for another big year. With the addition of our big signings for next year, we need to hope we have a covid free year and can play the full competition without any stoppages along the way.

Good luck to all our teams for next years 2022 NPLW and all our community teams as well.




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