No AFL interest shown at Blues’ AGM

The new Cobar Blues executive committee.
The new Cobar Blues executive committee.

There was a good roll up of 14 interested people to the Cobar Blues Football & Netball Club’s annual general meeting on Sunday at the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club.

There was however no interest shown at the meeting from the club’s AFL fraternity of players or the Auskick junior competition.

All those present at Sunday’s AGM were either netball players or parents of junior netballers and all were keen to see junior and senior netball representative teams competing once again at state and club carnivals in 2017.

The newly elected committee included returned president Bianka Jacobson, vice president Alex Hernando, secretary Kym Sutton and treasurer Amie Hill.

The meeting discussed what direction the club should take in the 2017 season and voted to immediately call for expressions of interest for junior and senior representative netball teams. The committee decided it would wait until next year to advertise for interested people to join sub committees to run an Auskick and AFL 9’s competition.

In her 2016 co-president’s report to the meeting, Jacobson said after having not been able to field an AFL team, this had a flow-on effect of the Cobar netballers being dismissed from the Northern Riverina League and the club was forced to take a new direction.

“The club focused on building AFL from a grassroots level and trying to gain interest in the sport through AFL 9s,” Jacobson said.

She said it went well with 52 participants in their Auskick program.

“Hopefully we can maintain this in 2017.

She said their focus with netball was to continue playing representative netball and to achieve this they competed at State Age and State Championships.

“The club worked closely with Cobar Netball Association to offer girls the opportunity to continue competing at a representative level.”

Jacobson praised the work of the 2016 committee who did a lot of work running and organising the competitions even though they did not have children playing themselves.

“But our love of sport and this club is what keeps us striving to provide sporting opportunities for people in Cobar,” Jacobson said.

The club is now calling for players interested in playing State netball.