THIS WEEK: Wed: Lakes v C’Town (7.30), Valentine v Jets (6.30). Sat: Weston v Maitland. Sun: Edgeworth v Jets, C’Town v Hamilton, Lakes v Adamstown, Magic v Jaffas.Hamilton chairman Christo Patsan is representing Northern NSW clubs as well as servingas treasurer on theAssociation of Australian Football Clubs.
The AAFC board was formed on Monday night in an annual general meeting held via a nationwide teleconference. The boardis made up of representatives from NPL clubs from the eight state federations.
Patsan, who was in Perth for the meeting, said the AAFC wouldrepresent NPL clubs and work toredefinetheir roles and createa more sustainable model with less burden on volunteers.
** LakeMacquarie take on Charlestown in a vital catch-up game on Wednesday night still not knowing who will coach them in 2018.
Current coach Anthony Richards said he willmeet with the Lake Macquarie committee on Thursday night and “see if our visions align and, if they do, we can make a decision then”.
The Roosters welcome backJustin Broadley (suspension) butwill be missingBrad York (knee) for the game at Macquarie Field.Outgoing Charlestown coach Shane Pryce, a potential replacement for Richards, saidDaniel Casciaroli (thigh) was in doubt and Jarryd Johnson (hamstring) was out.
** Valentine will try to put their Jekyll and Hyde performance against Adamstown behind them when they face the Jets Youth at Cahill Oval on Wednesday night.
Phoenix led Rosebud 2-0 at half-time but lost 4-2 on Saturday to put a dent in their title hopes.
Valentine coach Darren Sills said their first-half display was their best of the season and “I still can’t believe we lost that game. It was incredible.”
“We held the ball for 30 consecutive passes at one point, which is unheard of in the league, and we played so well,” Sill said. “In the first 10 minutes of the second half we hit the side-netting twice and then they got a nice goal off a set piece and that was it.”
Sills said his side needed to bebetter under pressure with possession after strugglingagainst Rosebud in the second half.
He said the Jets Youth “will be a tough ride” on Wednesday night in their first game undernew coaches Lawrie McKinna and Labinot Haliti.
Third-placed Phoenix also have a poor midweek record heading into the game.
“If we lose, itopens the door,” Sills said. “We have thebye this weekend, then Maitland and anotherweekend off, so that’s not ideal.We’ve got to get this one tomorrow night.”
Read the full AAFC statement following their AGM:
The AAFC last night held its inaugural Annual General Meeting where members unanimouslyadopted their new constitution and appointed 8 national directors together withPricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as auditors.
The directors are drawn from National Premier League (NPL) clubs in each of the eight statesor regional federations and will guide the organisation through its next phase.
“This is a key step for the Association in achieving the objectives we set for ourselves in ourinaugural national meeting in March,” said Tom Kalas, Interim Chairman of the steeringcommittee formed to manage the establishment of the Association.
“We now have a fit for purpose Constitution, along with directors from every federation.
“The AAFC represents the NPL which is a critical development and performance pathway forfootball in Australia, in which more than 30,000 players take part,” Kalas said.
Those elected to the four statutory board positions are:
• Chairman: Rabieh Krayem, Townsville
• Deputy Chairman: Victoria Morton, Hobart
• Secretary: Gino Marra, Sydney
• Treasurer: Christo Patsan, Newcastle
The four other directors will be responsible for specific activities, including former Soccerooand national soccer league coach, Gary Marocchi, as director of football.
Krayem said that the new Board now has a number of priorities to pursue as agreed at thenational meeting in March and enshrined in its new Constitution.
Among these is pursuing the concept of a second-tier competition and linked to the A-League. This is of critical importance to the development of the game.
“We want to work with FFA, the state federations, the A-League, PFA and, importantly, our member clubs and players to get the best possible model within the resources available.
“The experienced football people on our board, such as Gary Marocchi and Dean Hennessey,know that having more young men and women playing football more often is a vital factor inimproving our football standards and quality.”
Collectively, the NPL clubs have more than 30,000 registered junior and senior players (men& woman) including the semi-professional sector of the game.
They are responsible for management of significant community assets through boutiquefootball facilities and sporting infrastructure and crucially their collective members andsupporters, which number in the hundreds of thousands, not only attend matches per weekbut provide thousands of knowledgeable football volunteers.
The Board members are:
ACT : John Thiele
NSW : Gino Marra
NNSW : Christo Patsan
QLD : Rabieh Krayem (Chairman)
SA : Amin Ayoubi
TAS : Victoria Morton (Deputy Chairman)
VIC : Dean Hennessey
WA : Gary Marocchi
Krayem thanked the founding directors who established the AAFC, the Steering Committee,National Delegates and the Interim Chairman who managed the transition from theinaugural meeting to this point.
“Many people and clubs assisted the AAFC in various critical areas but we would like tocommend Tom Kalas and Nick Galatas in working so diligently to guide the AAFC in becomingone of the most significant football stakeholders in Australia.
“Their energy and dedication in getting this going in the first place is an importantcontribution to the growth of the game. It’s a fantastic shot-in-the-arm for football.
“The new board intends to continue in the same way, to ensure that we have a viable andsustainable second tier competition, which will grow to become a key plank in the Australianfootball landscape for years to come.”