Last week at the 2020 CGFC Annual General Meeting President Peter Small stepped down after 5 years in the role handing over the baton to Will Bowes. The period that Peter was President was filled with significant growth and success at the club. When he arrived in the role there was 3 teams playing each weekend and the men's seniors team were in Premier C grade, by the end of his presidency the fields had 6 teams running around each week and the men's & women's seniors and Under 19's teams were in the top level of Amateur football. The thirds team was reinstated and eventually became premiers twice while Women's football was introduced to the club with the premiership in 2019 an outstanding result.
At the Annual General meeting Peter delivered his final President's Report. Please find following his report:
“Season 2020 never really got started, with the Covid issue hitting all of us through February and then March. Although there were times of optimism that a season could launch, even if it was only a 7 or 9 game season, nothing eventuated. Whilst there have been many unfortunate outcomes due to Covid, which will have impacted us all in many different ways of the last 7-8 months, from a football perspective the momentum we built up in 2019 has hit the “pause” button.
Key aspects of the Club activities that have been ongoing include
• A strong show of support from our coaching group to go again in 2021, together with some key appointments in both the Women’s and Men’s programs.
• A very active retention and recruitment strategy for all teams
• A strong desire of the playing group to “get back to training” whenever it is safe to do so (hopefully 2 December at CGS), noting that there are some small groups already training.
• An effective “connectivity” effort by all involved to keep the group together, to look out for each other and ensure the broader CGFC community is kept in the loop
• The deferment of our Centenary events until 2021
• The transition of the President role and Committee roles to the next custodians of these important positions, to guide the Club over its next period.
• Continued dialogue with our Sponsors, many of whom have recommitted to season 2021, and looking for ways to help them and their business activities
• The “retirements” of Neil Slonim and Rob Grigg from our Women’s program and the “arrival” of Will Kingwill.
All of these aspects will, I am sure, mean that CGFC remains a great place to be.
As this is my last AGM as President of CGFC I thought I would share a few reflections of the past 5 years.
The first is that I had no idea what this Club meant to so many people, and our community until taking over the role. As the biggest Affiliate Club from the CGA, what we do and how we do it is a key issue for our performance.. Whilst on field success is important, as it validates many of the things you try to do, it is not just that that we measure our success by. It is how we treat each other, look after those who need help and assistance, how we grow as individuals and as a group, what we stand for and what we won’t walk past – it is these aspects of Club life that makes us stronger, and a place where people want to come, not feel compelled to come. I would like to think that over the 5 years we have achieved much, but we recognise there is more to be done – our journey is far from over.
The second is the people you meet. Without exception, they have all made my life richer for the experience! The willingness of many to “put their hand up” to do things around the Club, that often goes unnoticed, but is vital for our collective success has been wonderful. And the playing crew who welcomed me in to the Club – thank you, your friendship and the many times spent together has been a highlight.
Thirdly, our relationship with the School – whilst it was not broken, we did need to work better to provide a positive path for students to come to the Football club. There is no doubt in my mind that we are now stronger and more connected than ever before, which is a key to our future
Fourthly, our functions ; Wednesday and Thursday night dinners, the Trivia night, Progressives, B & F evenings, Silly Saturday/Sunday, the nights after success and the disappointments, have all been wonderful. Keep them on the calendar as they are so much a part of our social fabric.
Also, a special thanks to a few special people ; our Patrons Liz Wilson (Dec,), Stephen Newton and Ashleigh Martin, for all their support and guidance. The coaches, headed by Simon – they say you make your own luck but we got a ripper here – and Mitch who have moulded our teams in to Premier quality sides - thank you for all your efforts. Those who joined me on the Committee over the 5 years – could not have done it without you!
Scotty – not sure there are words that can truly do justice to what you do – you are our own Living Treasure!!
And finally to Tom and James – if not for you two I wouldn’t have had the chance to experience this ride – thanks. Zoe, great work on getting the Netball program up and running. And Julia, for all those times we have spent together at the Club, doing what needed to be done because we wanted to make a difference and allow others to “be the best they can”, thank you. Your support has been amazing and I couldn’t have done this without you.
So that’s it – it has been an honour and a privilege to the President of CGFC.
And as I have said previously, the Club is now in the very good hands of Will, who I know will be an excellent leader and will take this Club to the next level."
From the CGFC community we thank Peter Small for all his brilliant efforts as President and look forward to seeing him at a fields game at Glenhuntly soon.