Notice of AGM

Our Annual General Meeting is coming up:

Date: Thursday 5 October
Time: 6.15pm
Venue: MCUE Clubrooms

All positions will be declared vacant and open for nominations and elections. There are also some proposed changes to the Constitution for consideration.

For more information, visit the Coming Events tab.

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Quinn Medal Night

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Several of our players and our Club President received accolades at the Riverina FNL’s night of nights, the Quinn Medal Night at Narrandera.

Football
First grade:

  • Nathan Byrne finished sixth

Reserve grade:

  • Cameron Bailey finished fourth
  • Scott Barlin claimed Leading Goalkicker

Netball
A Reserve:

  • Jaimee Smith finished runner-up
  • Kiara Breust finished third

B Grade:

  • Shannon Seaman finished equal first

RFNL Volunteer of the Year: David Griffin

Finals update

There was a spectacular win and some heartbreaking results in the second week of the Riverina FNL finals.

A Grade netball rose to the challenge of taking on Collingullie-GP at Narrandera Sportsground on Saturday. CGP finished on top of the ladder but the Goannas showed what they were made of and worked hard right across the court to claim a decisive eight-goal win and a spot in the grand final.

On Sunday we travelled to Exies Oval at Griffith where our C Grade and B Grade netball and our Reserves and First Grade football were in action. Unfortunately no teams managed to come away with the win, despite some huge efforts and determination to fight to the end.

Netball
C Grade: Turvey Park 37 d MCUE 27
B Grade: Wagga Tigers 39 d MCUE 35

Football
Reserves: Collingullie-GP 12.5 (77) d MCUE 10.12 (72)
Firsts: Griffith 11.13 (79) d MCUE 11.4 (70)

We are enjoying a week off before heading back to Narrandera Sportsground to support the A Grade girls in the Grand Final. Let’s turn the stadium blue and gold and lift the roof cheering the girls home!

Finals – Week two

We had some mixed results in the first week of finals:

Football

First grade – qualifying final
Leeton-Whitton 16.14 (110) d MCUE 10.3 (63)

Reserve grade – elimination final
MCUE 4.8 (32) d Wagga Tigers 2.13 (25)

Under 17s – elimination final
Narrandera 13.7 (85) d MCUE 7.16 (58)

Netball

A Grade – qualifying final
MCUE 44 d Wagga Tigers 42

A Reserve – elimination final
Wagga Tigers 23 d MCUE 21

B Grade – elimination final
MCUE 32 d Collingullie-GP 18

C Grade – elimination final
MCUE 21 d Wagga Tigers 20

Under 17s – elimination final
Ganmain-GGM 27 d MCUE 19

In a huge effort we still have five teams in contention going into the second week of finals. We urge all our supporters to get along to the games this weekend, wear your blue and gold with pride, cheer our netballers and footballers along and show your encouragement and support. It definitely gives all players a lift to know we’ve got the best team spirit behind us!

This weekend

Saturday at Narrandera Sportsground
1.30pm A Grade netball vs Collingullie-GP

Sunday at Exies Oval (Griffith)
10.30am C Grade netball vs Turvey Park
11.30am B Grade netball vs Wagga Tigers
11.45am Reserve Grade football vs Collingullie-GP
2.15pm First Grade football vs Griffith

Secretary’s report

It is a huge accomplishment for MCUE to once again have all grades of football & netball make it into the RFL finals series. A big thank you is needed to everyone who has contributed to this result: all our wonderful MCUE Committee members and MCUE management team, all our coaches, our football and netball managers, our umpires, our team managers, our parents, our supporters and volunteers, and our players for all putting in the hard yards involving many long hours meetings, organising, planning, coaching, training, volunteering plus handling the huge amount of administration and paper work that goes along with these roles.  Good luck to all teams and let’s see if we can bring home some flags!

I would also like to congratulate Travis for being appointed coach for MCUE 2018. Travis’s ability to show steady leadership, to develop and motivate the senior playing group, is clearly evident by our second-place position at the end of the home-and-away series.

I would also like to thank all coaches for reinforcing with their players the need for them to not only play well but to also willingly do their rostered duties, find a replacement if they can’t and volunteer to help whenever they can see help is needed around the club. This support is the key to MCUE achieving one of its key objectives, which is to develop and improve the life skills of young people by encouraging a strong sense of community, volunteerism, responsible behaviour and providing them with good role models within the club.

Philip and I became involved in MCUE in 1977 when Philip was playing. Philip was also President when our children were young and I wasn’t too impressed at the time he spent away from his young family back then. So you can understand how he nearly fell off his chair laughing when I decided to go on the committee in 2011 when both our children were playing for MCUE!  With our farming business being in the Mangoplah district, we are always going to be interested and involved with MCUE at some level.

However, we both need to step back behind the scenes now and let other parents or supporters, who have family currently playing with the club, step up and commit to making the time to take a more active role in the management of this great club.

I often hear the response, “Sorry, I don’t have the time”.  All of us are allotted the same amount of time each and every year; what is different is how we choose to spend it. We all have businesses to run, families to look after and homes to manage, but please don’t underestimate the sense of achievement you get when you volunteer your time to working with like-minded people who want to ensure that MCUE remains a successful, financially secure and well-run club into the future.

Our AGM will be held on Thursday 5 October at the MCUE Clubrooms and I will be resigning as MCUE Secretary.  I am happy to mentor my successor through 2018 as much as is required or requested.

There are a number of other long-serving committee and MCUE Management members wanting to step back as well and mentor whoever takes over. Please seriously consider putting your hand up for a role or find another person also keen and maybe job share whilst there are still people around the club willing to mentor you.

Regards,
Anna Goanna

First Grade coach’s report

FIRSTLY, a huge congratulations to the entire club.
It is a magnificent achievement to have all of our five netball teams and our three football teams qualifying to play in the finals series.

I would like to extend my personal congratulations and thanks to all of the players, coaches and volunteers of all grades for their tireless work on and off the field and court.
This hard work has ensured we have enjoyed such a successful season and have given ourselves the opportunity to play finals in all grades.

From a first grade point of view, we have been improving each game and we managed to finish the season in equal first position on the ladder, behind only CGP on percentage.
We won 14 of our 16 games and have booked ourselves a double chance in the finals.
The team also created history this season by winning all of its home games at Mangoplah Sportsground.

We were the only club in the competition to achieve a home-ground clean-sweep, and it marked the first time since we joined the RFL in 1995 that we have been able to accomplish the feat.

We have worked hard to get to this position since day one of pre-season training last November, but we are also acutely aware of the fact this is now a whole new ball game.
Finals are completely different to the home-and-away season, and we are looking forward to rising to the challenge.

From day one of pre-season we have been preparing, planning and working towards playing our best football and peaking in the finals in September.

We face a significant challenge as the competition is as even as I can remember it, and all of the top-five teams have legitimate chances of winning the premiership. Our approach is to take each game as it comes, and, as such, we have been focusing on playing Leeton-Whitton in the qualifying final at Narrandera Sportsground on Saturday. I personally rated Leeton-Whitton as the team to beat at the start of the season and we know we will need to play our best to have any chance of winning on Saturday.

I can guarantee one thing: the boys will be out there playing with pride in the jumper and doing their absolute best for the club.

We have been honoured to play in front of such loyal supporters all season and we would love to see you all again – loud and proud and cheering us on throughout the finals.

Up the Mighty Goannas.
Trav

Reserve Grade coach’s report

v Griffith

Again, we had an undermanned team for our last home game against the undefeated Griffith outfit. While we played some good footy, and were only a goal or so down at the last change, we ran out of legs. Bails’ good form continued, and was our best to take home the Mug. Zac Jones also continues to play well, and got himself the Hog’s Breath award, while Chuck Chambers got the Wagga Meat Supply Voucher.

v Narrandera

Once again, we were undermanned. We had 14 starters, and the coach very nearly put his old Adidas screw-ins on. Thank God he didn’t! We let them get a few soft goals, but after half-time we played much better footy and had a very good nine-goal win. Beaker, whilst probably not BOG, earnt himself the mug, as he gives 100% all the time. I had to send the runner out to tell him to slow down! Gus McLay bagged six “sausage rolls” and the Hog’s Breath award, while Joel Tancredi is hitting top gear at the right time of the season and took home the Wagga Meat Supply Voucher.

Once again, thanks to the under 17s. Ryan, Johnno, Gus, Elliot, Ed, Will & co. have saved us all through the season.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped out during the year. Thanks to Griffo (Andrew) for doing the running for the majority. Andrew does a fair bit around the place, and his work doesn’t go unnoticed. Thanks too, to, in no particular order, Ed Molloy, Dan, David G, Anna, Phab, David F, Nicole, Chris, M, Ange, Kester, Scott, James, Pete McLay, umpires, Sharon & Carmel, and anyone else I missed, thank you.

Now we move into the serious part of the season. Well done to Jared and Geoff, and Trav and Wayne, and to the netballers for getting all teams into the finals. Now, let’s work bloody hard, PAY THE PRICE, and get the job done.

GO-ANNAs

Thanks
Tony