President’s Message

The 2018-19 off season has been one of great transformation for the oldest country club and I am excited to lead a new executive with a vision for the sustained future success of our great club. I am honoured to continue in the role of Magpie President over the off-season and am excited by the challenges to come both now and into the future.

The off-season has seen many changes at the club and I am delighted to lead a committee made up of so many great people who have embraced the challenge of driving the Magpies into the future.We also welcome plenty of new faces in our playing and coaching ranks and there is plenty of excitement about their prospects for the upcoming season.

On-field the club is shaping up well for another tough season of competition. Our senior coach Derrick Filo is joined at the helm by his brother Shawn, and they along with their team of assistants have been busy throughout the off-season and have assembled an impressive array of recruits to complement our young local talent.It is my pleasure to welcome all of our new recruits and to wish our departing players all the best for their next endeavours.

The club will also continue to be well-represented on the netball court, junior football field with both boys and girls, and through our Masters side for over 35 players. We welcome Brodie Martin as coach to lead our under 18 team back into the competition, a critical part of our club. We have also obtained a special dispensation to allow players who are 19 in 2019 to continue to play in our side.

Like any club, volunteers are our life blood and we currently need more people to put up their hand to help. There are all number of jobs, some big, some small but all are important and many hands make light work.

I’d encourage everyone in the community to get behind the club in any way you can. Come to a game, become a member, take on a role to help and enjoy being part of a great country club, now and for many years to come.

See you at the footy.

Michael Blake
Castlemaine Football Netball Club