I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following Board members of the Sherwood/Western Magpies Football Club for their contribution in 2016 because without these members it would not function:
Cherie Morrison, Phil Kelemen, Chris Dennis, Richard Smith, Peter McClennan, Andrew Thomson, Scott Matthews.
The 2016 season provided success in several areas: the junior arm of the club led by Scott Matthews and Adam Edwards and their hardworking committee worked tirelessly in all areas and their work is vital to the future of our great club.
Many thanks to our ground staff, led by Rob Lawson, Bruce O'Neill, John Green and Warren Vine, who do a first class job with limited resources.
Thanks to David bartlett who undertakes a multitude of chores along with his dedicated bank of helpers, who along with fixtures maintenance run a very successful "Bart's Burgers" on match days and also for the service of junior teams throughout the season.
Thank you for Deb Lewis for her assistance in organising the 60th Anniversary Dinner which was a great success.
On behalf of all the playing personnel, a big thank you to Dr Greg Thompson for his continued presence at most games throughout the season and rendering assistance when needed.
Many thanks to Mark Blackberry, Marty Webber, Michelle Gunn and John Fletcher for organising the very successful Alchemy fundraising event which provided invaluable funds for our club.
My sincere appreciation also extends to Mark Blackberry for his assistance with an issue that had to be resolved in the best interests of the club early in the season.
It would be remiss of me if I did not give a vote of thanks to foundation player, Peter Sherwood, for his fabulous financial support this season which was greatly valued by all at our club.
To our coach, Nathan Clarke, thank you and your coaching staff for directing the ship in the right direction. I wish Nathan all the best in his future pursuits. Thanks also to Glenn Humphrey for his efforts with the senior group. Thanks to all the coaching staff, senior and junior, who contribute so much to make the club strong on and off the field.
To our new coach in 2017, Brydan Morgan, welcome back and you will have the full support and respect of the entire club.
Special mention to our most senior and loyal players led by Tim McEvoy, Luke Scott, Val Pope, Sean Mewing and Richard Wenham for the standards they set for the players, making it a club to be proud of, and I look forward to the further development of our Senior team and continued success on and off the field.
To all players, both junior and senior--I wish to thank you for representing this club in a positive way on and off the field and look forward to watching you all participate in 2017.
A big thank you goes to Peter McClennan, our Football Director, for his time and effort in carrying out his duties with honesty and integrity and always with the best interest of the club foremost in his thinking.
Like all sporting clubs we rely totally on our volunteers and I urge all those involved in the club to seek out those they feel many have something to offer the club or wish to become involved with a particular team as I am sure the Board would love to hear from them.
A big thank you to our many sponsors and the assistance they have provided to our club has been invaluable and I urge all our members to support our sponsors in the normal course of business and daily life.
In closing, I wish all members, players, supporters and guests a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Up the Mighty Magpies in 2017!