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Cats ready for challenge

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August 12, 2017

A new president will lead Ardmona into the next chapter of its Kyabram District Football League story.

The club is confident of fielding a senior side next year after about 100 people attended a meeting to discuss the club’s future on Thursday night.

But current president Brett Sharp will not lead the Cats beyond this year; he will reluctantly relinquish the presidency at the end of the season.

‘‘I’m standing down as of this year for personal reasons, it’s not that I want to,’’ he said.

‘‘I’d rather stay on as president because one term doesn’t seem enough, you put things in place and don’t get to see it through.

‘‘We haven’t decided it (a successor) as of yet but there’s an AGM at the end of the season so we’ll go from there, a couple of people are willing to put their hands up.’’

Sharp was buoyed by what was said at the meeting, which saw KDFL executives as well as AFL Goulburn Murray general manager Martin Gleeson attend.

‘‘It was really positive, we had a really good turnout of about 100 people there and it all looks good for the future,’’ he said.

Ardmona fielded a senior side for the first two rounds of the year, losing both games by a combined total of 602 points and since has spent the remainder of the season competing in the reserves.

Sharp said the Cats would be able to find numbers to make up a senior side next year, and needed to return to fielding a team in the top tier.

‘‘Other leagues have done that before (having no senior side) but that’s only a one-year option and that’s a directive from the AFL and we’ll abide by their rules,’’ he said.

While the focus remains on the final three games of the year, the club will then start planning for the new season and Sharp said club people had already starting contacting sponsors for the new year.

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