Club’s future touch and go after stellar year
THIS year was Biggenden Touch Football Association’s most successful ever.
For the first time, it managed to field a fifth senior team to go with the two junior teams.
Volunteers poured out of the woodwork.
The committee was able to call on the services of a canteen manager and groundsman, as well as parents of the juniors who donated their time by staying after the children’s games to help with the seniors, even though they weren’t playing themselves.
However, the future of the competition, which returned this year following a hiatus in 2018, is again up in the air after president Sheree Jewess confirmed she would not be able to return to the role in 2020.
While she still works in Biggenden, Ms Jewess recently moved to Buxton, east of Childers.
She said as much as she would like to continue, it meant having to stay a night each week in Biggenden.
The association will hold its annual general meeting in late January or early February to see if any locals will put their hand up.
“I really hope someone will take it on.
“We’ve got lots of up-and-coming juniors and it would be disappointing if it didn’t continue,” Ms Jewess said.
While she conceded the role of president was a big commitment, she pointed to the success of this year’s competition and how many people volunteered their time aside from the committee to emphasise that a new president would be well supported in the position.
“As with anything, many hands make light work,” Ms Jewess said.
Before Ms Jewess relocated she had grand plans for the association, made possible by the repairing of the clubhouse’s broken windows at Biggenden Sportsgrounds.
She said she wanted to fundraise to have a television and DVD player for the clubhouse.
This would mean juniors could stay after their games while their parents played in the senior competition, happy in the knowledge their children were entertained in a safe manner.
In a similar vein, Ms Jewess wanted to submit a grant application to have a playground installed near the clubhouse, like what exists at Gayndah’s Peter Dunn Oval.
However, these are now questions for a future committee to ponder.
Ms Jewess has begun playing touch in the Childers competition.
“There’s not as many laughs as Biggenden,” she confessed.
“It’s a bit more competitive, whereas there’s that social side here.”