FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB
Happy New Year to all Westies!!
West Gambier has appointed dual premiership player Steven Wenman to take up the senior coaching reins again. Wenman returns to coach a number of players who were emerging juniors in his first stint and will look to build on the momentum built by Brad Wilson over the past seasons.
Nathan Lewis has taken on the job as Reserves coach and another dual premiership player in Joel Carter is mentoring the U18 group for this year.
Shane "Fridge" Giddings is again the club President and heads a committee of new and old faces. With the added task of hosting this years WBFL Grand Final and 10 year reunion of the 2010, 2011 flags plus the 50year reunion of the 1971 premierships we need as many people to assist the committee as possible.
As the players settle into their preseason training we’ll need to attend to the complex surrounds so if you have an hour to spare take out your mower etc and knock down some grass!!
We are aiming for 400 financial members so if you are not one let us know and we’ll send you the package to sign up. Or email westgambierfnc@ outlook.com
2020 Membership Application Membership Benefits
There are some fantastic sponsors of the club that are going to give benefits to members who show their cards at their establishments this year and we’ll be featuring them here so everyone will support and be aware of them. The first to highlight is the Western Tavern, please see article below for their offer!
The Netball girls are looking forward to a successful year and whilst team selection and grading is always a headache for them due to big numbers, manage it the very best that they can. Their hard at work in trying to gain funds to upgrade their courts have paid off with an announcement that they were successful in gaining MGCC funding for stage 1 of their project.
In a continuation the Club’s upgrade and 5 year plan, grants were secured for the following projects from 2013- 2019
Irrigation - Watering systems of $40500 from Federal Govt. Dept. of Conservation and environment and were secured to conserve and provide smart watering by computerising and regulating the time and amount of water applied to the playing surfaces on both the football and cricket ovals. This alleviated the use of inefficient water winch though evaporation and watering times Installation was completed by JB Irrigation and Peter Jennings Pumps both sponsors of West Gambier Football Club.
Fryers – The kitchen deep fryers funding of $11750 was secured with funding from Grants SA. Installation was made by SJ Gas fitting
This reduced maintenance from the previous ones that was rendered obsolete and provided a safe environment for volunteers using these facilities.
Rainwater – The City of Mount Gambier provided $14500 funding for the installation of 2x 22500L Rainwater tanks and pump for the harvesting of water from the club roof and fed to the hot water systems. This is to utilised for showering and cooking, primarily during the winter when water usage is at its maximum and rainfall, its highest. Istallation was mad by A&K Geddes Plumbing
LED Upgrade – The REES energy assistance grant was accessed to decrease power by installation of 78 LED fluros in the club and allowed us to decrease greenhouse gases and costs.
Industrial Dishwasher- $9500. Volunteers Australia assisted us with the funding for an Industrial dishwasher to help volunteers with clean-up of functions and to comply with Health and Safety regulations in regards to standards that organisations must comply in the process of cleanliness. Installation was made by A&K Geddes Plumbing.
Digital Scoreboard – A Digital Scoreboard was erected and part funding of $21500 of the $37000 project was gained from city of Mount Gambier. This was to reduce the chance of injury to volunteers by quitting the use of the old scoreboard that was not compliant to OH&S regulations and upgrade was not an option.
Floodlighting Upgrade- The major upgrade was in a two stage project. $40000 was secured from the City of Mount Gambier to replace the old obsolete towers and inefficient and old technology lighting and replaced with two 25m towers and 3 lights on the Western club room side of the oval. This project was assisted by Quickmix Concrete, GT Bobcat, Gabriel Electrical and JB Irrigation - all Club sponsors and reduced the cost of stage #1 to $62000.
Stage #2 of the project involved removal of the existing 18 m towers on the Eastern side of the oval, upgrade the power and install two 25m towers and three lights on each . Quickmix, GT Bobcat and Gabriels also assisted in reducing costs to about $45,000. $25000 of this funding was secured through the Office for Recreation and Sport – Facilities grant and completed the project costing $107,000 and improving lighting, training and safety for all players.
The change room alterations have been completed and many thanks to MG Plasterers – Matt and Mardi Patzel, Jay Lane- JL Communication & Electrical and Ben Marcus (Sign Depot) - all club sponsors and the club volunteers that made these extensions happen
The Refrigeration upgrade is now complete due to a grant received through DPTI and included removal of the old bar fridges and installation of new upright ones and removal and installation upgrade of the Kitchen/ Canteen cool room unit. This will increase the efficiency of our refrigeration and reduce power usage- effectively lowering cost to our club. We thank club sponsor Brendan and Harry from HD Refrigeration for the installation and again Jay Lane for the electrical work.
For photos of completed projects, please go to the News section
We are now eyeing off solar grants to further make our club energy efficient and reduce our operating costs even more.
In conjunction with our Cricket club, we were able to gain funding to establish flood lighting on the No2 oval for possible twilight cricket games, both junior and senior. It will also assist during the winter time, for the junior football to utilise a previously unused area for training purposes and reduce the wear and tear of the main footy oval.
Another project our committee is keen to activate is to upgrade our barbeque and booth facilities. Whilst small grants may be obtained, this might be an exercise where active functions or fundraising from the club and its members may be required. Businesses or Tradesmen donations of time or materials would also be welcomed.
We may endeavour to do this by launching a Fundraising Target over the summer period so keep an eye out and get involved if you can, either by assisting in running the events or attending them . Ideas have included Beach Party, a Red and Rump night and Auction, Quiz night and/ or Sports guest speaker night.
Sponsor Offer to Members
WGFC sponsor The Western Tavern has offered any of our members who show their cards will receive 20% off full price meals and beverages. In reciprocation each time a member uses their card the club will earn rewards points with an end of season rebate. So please support our generous sponsor by heading in to have a meal and a cold bevvie and support the club at the same time!
Buy- Brick- Fund is still functioning so if you want a part of the club buy a brick for $100 and get you name on a plaque at the top of the stairs.
Plaques have already been put in place and it’s our aim to fill this area with as many plaques as we can.
Thanks to Stephen Lock for organising this project. See Locky or at bar for details of how to participate
So as you can see : there’s a bit happening at West – so don’t be a Stranger!!!
The annual 200 Club draws for season 2021 will once again be a major fundraiser for the club. Draws will begin in June and ticket sellers will be in contact to all previous ticket holders in the month prior. The full list of winners on the page, accessed from top menu.
Congratulations to all winners for the 2020 year and a big thank you to all ticket holders, your participation is very much appreciated.
Many thanks to Kerry Fox and Lynne Jones and the band of ticket collectors for organising a major fundraiser for the club once again
Details of all winners are available from 200 Club menu item at top of page