Well, it’s been a long time between Newsletters, with the busy days of Christmas out of the way and the month we Tradies take off we are almost back to normal. I will give you a bit of a rundown of what has gone on over the off-season and a preview of where we are at as we start the pre-season training.
First up back in November, the Board put me up for Marist Personality of the Year. I reckon due to the well-written entry from our President Lindsay Thomson, I managed to pick up the award. I'd like to point out we don’t do these jobs for awards but more for the love of the game.
From here we moved on to our Tukapa AGM in late November where we had a really good turnout. Most of you would have seen the minutes from this but the main change is that we say a massive thank you to Daniel Green for being our club captain over the last 4 years, there is a lot of stuff you don’t see that Greenie does for the club and he is always first to put his hand up to help out when asked. The good news is Greenie is still staying on the board and will also hand his Club Captain role over to a current board member and retired Premier Manager Dan Johansen, I am sure that Dan will do a great job and it’s great to still have both these men involved in our Board. The rest of the Executive is as follows:
|Lindsay Thomson (Year 2 of the term)
|Bryan Boulton (Year 2 of the term)
2024 Management Group
This Year I have been very lucky to be able to lock in all our coaches and managers by October which I think has given us a jump on the 2024 season, The following people are our 2024 Management group:
|Club Front Row Coach:
Along with the increase in living costs, we have also had to put our season memberships up to keep our club ticking, these are now due and can be paid through the links below or over the bar on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
|$3,000 team fee
|$120 (or $60 if first year in Colts Grade)
|$40 1 child in the family/$70 for 2/$90 for 3 or more in the family
All memberships may include a partner for an extra $10 per annum which will entitle them to a member’s card and season passes.
Signup buttons below:
From here we moved into our Tukapa Darts Club Christmas Party, and this was another huge success with a good turnout and a bar taking to match, I thank Jason Clout for being MC for the night and the rest of the Tukapa Darts Members and management for helping to make this night Great
Moving on to where we are at, in the men’s we have started pre-season training this week and have add really good turnouts to the first two trainings, These are every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm, Everyone is welcome to these trainings they are made up of Ball skills and fun fitness games. You will see a few new faces running around and over the next few weeks I will introduce these young fellas to you. But we are looking good number-wise across all men’s grades with the only hole being Halfbacks right across the club, So if you’re a halfback or were dust those boots off and get along.
This year as you may have seen we are having a real crack at getting a Women’s Premier team up and running, we have about 14 women keen but need some more players, if you are sitting on the fence or know of some ladies that may be keen please reach out to them, They are playing fun skill game sand touch on every Wednesday at 6pm, please come along and make our dream of a woman’s Premier team come true.
The calendar snapshot is as follows:
|Traditional game Poneke at Tukapa
|Pre-season Against Inglewood at Inglewood
|Season Starts Old Timers Day Vs Coastal at Tukapa
Our sponsorship team has been working hard to secure sponsorship for the coming season and reports that a lot of our loyal sponsorship support is with us again this year, however, there are still some opportunities to sponsor a 1st XV player so contact Rob Ridland or Scott Siffleet if you or you know someone who would like to take up this opportunity.
An update on this year's sponsors will be included in next week's newsletter.
On the Lookout
The club is on the lookout for a non-rusty 40ft shipping container to cut open for an upcoming project. If you can help us out let Scotty know.
Keep a look out for next Friday’s newsletter with the date of our Club House working bee and list of jobs, and the first of our player profiles.
Blue and white for life your chairman Scotty Siffleet