Magpies gear up for 2022

Maddy McMullin has taken on the role of Campbells Creek FNC president.

Campbells Creek Football Netball Club has wasted no time recruiting coaches and playing talent since signaling its intention to return to the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League in 2022.

The club issued a letter to the league on September 21 stating it would be coming out of recess, and participating in season 2022.

In the statement signed by vice-president Renee Taylor and secretary Marg Stevens the club says since March this year its focus has been on a successful #creekreboot22 campaign.

“The executive and general committee members have worked tirelessly over the time away from the competition, to ensure this would be possible,” they said.

“With the recent AGM being held, new and returning members have been appointed to various roles across the club, and with the appointment of our senior football coach Kris Bagley, the club is well on its way to hitting its targets,” the pair said.

Since that time the club has welcomed an enthusiast new club president in Maddy McMullin.

McMullin has been around the club for a number of years now assisting with events, fundraising and other duties and has decided to take the next step.

“My partner Luke has been with the club since his junior days and his passion for Creek inspired me to get involved when we met.

This passion has only grown over the past few years and now I am ready to step into a role where I can make a real difference,” McMullin said.

The club has also appointed football operations manager Matt Lawrence, assistant senior coaches Bradey Tranter and Daniel Petter, reserves coach Luke Dzioba, assistant reserves coach and chairman of selectors Matt Manning and A Grade netball coach Jordan Bagley, B Grade coach Jessica Carr, C Grade coach Renee Brown, Under 17s cach Tarni Williams, Under 15s coach May Pratt, Under 13s coach Jemma Finning and Under 11s coach Caleb Mountford.

CCFNC secretary Marg Stevens said CCFNC had been liaising with the MCDFNL, and the league was feeling comfortable with where the club was currently situated.

The next part of Creek’s journey is getting the players to commit, from junior football and netball right through to senior level and the club has already announced a raft of senior player announcements including the return of club stalwart Mark Williams, Drew Greenham, Mitchell Stevens, Darcy Ahearn, Sean Moss, Lachy McLean, James Roser, Lockie Rae, Brad Sturgess, Alex Ross, Tyson Williams, Chris Dale, Jamie Benbow, Lachlan Picken, Michael Connor, Jordan Picken, Thomas Kenyon, Josh Hodson, Luke Dzioba, Matt Lawrence and Nathan Buchanan.

The historic club has also announced the signing of a host of exciting new recruits including Samuel Banko, Brandon Mataiti, Kyle Gellatly, Nick O’Brien, Lachlan Hyland, Joel Wootton, Chris Cassidy, Brayden Wright, Brodie Burke, Peter Hodson, Daniel Strauss, Craig Davies, Tom Clark, Tim Robinson and Charles Davies.

The club is also recruiting well on the netball front.

Creek is currently focusing on recruiting junior talent including Under 11.5, 14.5 and 17.5 footballers and Under 17 netballers and would love to hear from junior footballers and netballers keen to join the Magpies. Check out the club’s Facebook page for contact details.

“There’s is a real positive vibe around the Creek at the moment and there are many ways the community can get involved with this fantastic family club, from committee roles, players, coaches, volunteers, members and sponsors. We can’t wait to welcome you all,” Stevens said.

“We look forward to continuing to work hard for the reboot, and future growth and development of this great club and ensuring that our proud 157 year history within our community continues for many, many more years to come,” she said.

Kris Bagley will lead the club as seniors coach.