By Helen Tatchell
As the autumn leaves change colour and drop from the trees, it can only mean one thing……football and netball is back for another season.
The Ballarat Football Netball League held their season launch at Saxon House the week prior to Round 1 kicking off last weekend, with City Oval amass with approximately 400 Under 9 football playing children; the future of grassroots teams.
Joint BFNL Chairman Wayne Baker said every year starts with challenges.
“But behind me are our future,” referring to the 400 strong Under 9s playing the game they love.
“There are always a few bumps in the road, but the BFNL team we are, we work together through all the issues,” Mr Baker said.
Acknowledged on the night was BFNL Operations Manager Aaron Nunn, who has taking a position with AFL House.
“It was 12-years ago Aaron joined the BFL and over that 12-years there have been highs and lows; he never faulted in his belief or direction. Aaron worked through many issues for successful outcomes,” Mr Baker said.
“We will miss him, but we are excited for his future as he moves on to the AFL.”
Mr Nunn said the BFNL is the best League because “it has the best people in it.”
“Honestly, it is the best League in the state. I have nothing but respect for all the hard-working volunteers and generous sponsors of the clubs,” he said.
Moorabool was represented at the launch by Darley and Bacchus Marsh Football Netball clubs.