Can I acknowledge those that have passed this year, Haerer atu rā harere. The loss of life and long-time members Dick Wiechern, Terry Phillips, Harley Nathan and Bill Marshall is recognised and acknowledged, their families are in our thoughts and we extend our deepest sympathies. We also acknowledge those who are ill and battling health matters.
Congratulations to our Mitre 10 First Division Tasman Mako team on achieving the title in a manner befitting the expectations of the region and the people of the Top of the South. 12-0 is no small achievement, a team full of Nelson players and leadership we feel justifiably proud that we have contributed to this success story.
The club rugby programme has been challenging with Murray Scott leading the Senior Team and Daniel McDonald leading the Senior B. It’s fair to say that this year has been a development year and the results reflect this as we build for next year's season. I want to thank Murray personally for all his efforts where he put up his hand when no one else did. To the Senior B side/Bravo company, well done and congratulations on building a strong base to move forward.
Our junior club is in good heart and sees our long serving Junior Club Captains Quentin and Jo Harwood continuing their sterling work. The John Goodman Sevens continues to grow, even if the weather didn't play ball this year, and the number of teams that turned out despite the weather is a testament to John.
Sponsorship is a key to any club's survival, and we have been pleased by the support of our continuing major club sponsors, Galbraith Group and McCashins Brewery and along with our other club sponsors thank you for your ongoing contribution. As we head into our 150-year celebrations at Queen's Birthday weekend you and other sponsors truly belong.
The celebrations are important to mark our history and place in New Zealand rugby and we have some exciting activities planned.
Wingman continues to be embedded in the club culture and we look forward to continuing to realise that in difficult times we should all be watching out for each other.
Finally, my thanks to the hard-working committee who have been tremendous in their volunteer contributions to allow us to do what we do. Kerry Strange, as Chairman has taken over the reins for the meetings along with Sam Burling as quasi Secretary and helped what would be an unmanageable situation as President in a high compliance environment.
It has been a challenging year and we need new blood and energy from people willing to step into committee roles to carry the load. We would welcome your contribution - please approach any committee member on how to do this.
Also, to all our volunteers, players, management, coaches and families that have contributed to the Club in 2019 thank you "You Belong"
To our Life Members elect this year, congratulations. Your awards are well earned and overdue. We hope you received this recognition for yourself and families with pride.
Yours in Rugby
Patron: Don Fowler
President: Shane Graham
Past President: Murray West
Chairman: Kerry Strange
Vice President: Brett Newcombe
Treasurer: John Brydon
Senior Club Captain: James Fairbrass
Junior Club Captain: Quentin Harwood
Management Committee: Gerry Quaide, Chris Pugh, Red de Garnham, Jo Harwood, Jonathan Corfe, Tony Gargiulo, Kerry Barton
Hon. Solicitor: Jonathon Corfe
Welfare Officer: Stephen Gargiulo
Senior A: Kade Heke
Manager: Chris Pugh
Senior B: Daniel McDonald
Join us in congratulating Jo Harwood and Stephen Gargiulo - our new life members.
At the AGM the motion to present the awards to Jo and Stephen was unanimously passed and recognises the contribution, over many years, they make to viability of the club.
Jo has supported Quentin running the junior club for the last 16 years, as well as serving on the committee and running the bar.
Stephen, as well as being the welfare officer, does a huge amount behind the scenes to keep the clubrooms and changing rooms functioning. In these endeavours he is supported by his wife Sandra and Stephen acknowledged her contribution to him receiving his life membership.
AGM Minutes: once finalised the Minutes of the AGM will be loaded to the website.