Two changes made to AWFA’s executive committee ahead of 2018 season

VOTED IN: Chris Pidd was elected to the AWFA executive committee as secretary for the 2018 season. Picture: MARK JESSER
VOTED IN: Chris Pidd was elected to the AWFA executive committee as secretary for the 2018 season. Picture: MARK JESSER

Two new names have been elected to the AWFA executive committee for the 2018 season.

Mark Leman was re-elected president after a vote from challenger Chris Pidd.

However, Pidd defeated Kiera Hayes for the association’s secretary position to secure his place.

Chris Stern also joins the committee next season as vice-president of business operations.

All remaining positions stayed the same with Simon Randall to hold down vice-president of high performance and Nico Mathews vice-president of football operations.

Tony Cigana will continue as recorder, Belinda Antonello registrar, while Rad Sredojovic is treasurer. 

The vice-president of resources position remains vacant.

Leman will enter his second year in the association’s top job after going through somewhat of a learning curve this season.

“I think it’s more about consolidation and ensuring we’re promoting the game to the local community,” Leman said.

“We’re trying to get as many kids on the park as possible.

“We’ve probably taken a different approach to the coming season.

“We’re trying to get our rules and regulations done so that everyone plays off the same sheet of music as we say.

“Having the rules locked down will allow us to concentrate on having a good, strong competition and having as many kids play as possible.”

Leman stated the importance the World Cup carries for the game on the Border next season.

“It’s a World Cup year so we need to piggyback that with what’s going on for the Socceroos and hopefully we can promote our game and develop our Miniroos,” he said.

“Our Miniroos (this year) was the biggest spend in AWFA history in giving the kids more soccer balls, backpacks and medallions.

“But the numbers are there, we had more than 700 kids at our gala day.

“We want to grow that because that’s the grassroots and the future of our association.

“It’s been a huge improvement and I think it can only get better.

“Other than that, it’s business as usual, it’s now about improving what we do.”

Leman thanked Hayes for her years of dedication and commitment to AWFA and Tony Barlow for chairing the AGM.

“She has been a great asset and her knowledge will be missed,” he said.