I DROPPED in to Bemm River Hotel with my girlfriend, Jess for a quick schooner on Saturday and came across a framed Eden Whalers football jersey, signed by each team member. It was only recently that a colleague made an unfair call that the Whalers were the worst football team in Australia and yet they were memorable enough to feature, pride of place on the wall of one of Victoria’s most iconic pubs. It got me thinking about Season 2014 and how, at the very least, the country football experience can be the source of many memories and legends. Every year in fact there is a harvest of this kind of sentimentality, with the yield seemingly processed at the Golf Club each Saturday evening. This is the draw for a 30-something ‘never-was-been’ like myself. Football, after all is ‘more than a game’.
I really look forward to memories that will be made during the upcoming season whether we are winning games or being punished by 20 goals every week. Even now, during the pre-season player fines are being issued for anything that slightly resembles poor luck or unusual behaviour. If sustained, this could lead to a huge ‘End of Season’ trip kitty.
For the Narooma Lions, some solid effort is being undertaken by the committee in the lead up to the 2014 season, and before long the fruits of this work will appear on a weekly basis, starting each Saturday morning with the clubs future-star juniors taking the field, followed by the Reserves/Seniors matches which are well attended by local supporters and ending with Saturday night dinner and drinks at the Narooma Golf Club.
This week at the Lion’s Den (Bill Smyth Oval) will feature the Club’s registration evening, starting on Thursday (February 27) at 4.30pm when the juniors take the field for training. Reserves/Seniors training will start at 5.30pm and at this time a sausage sizzle and drinks will be put on at a reasonable price.
A pre-season boot camp out is planned for this Saturday afternoon/evening at a camping ground to be advised on Thursday at training.
The Lions Seniors will get the chance to test their fitness with entry in the nine-a-side tournament on Sunday, Mar 16. All interested players should contact Rowan Hawkey through club channels to register interest.
Stay tuned for news on the upcoming NAB AFL Auskick season (ages 5-7) and the new format ‘Intra-9s’ program for 8-10 year olds.
For any sponsors looking to “get on board” the Lion’s 2014 season, please contact Bruce Day on 4476 1781.