Mildura Weekly : Friday February 6 2015 Vol 9 No 13
sport 41 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By ADAM LUITJES AFTER months of uncer- tainty the future of Robin- vale and Euston football netball clubs is now clear, with Robinvale’s members voting in favour of a merger last Friday. In a landslide 92 to three vote, Robinvale’s so- cial members, season ticket holders and players gave the green light for the clubs to form as the Robinva- le-Euston Eagles. It was the final hur- dle for the proposal, which had been passed by Euston’s members and committee in De- cember. “I guess everybody realised they were vot- ing for the future and not the past,” Robinvale president Tony Calarco said. The move will see the club’s members, spon- sors, footballers and net- ballers join forces in the Sunraysia Football Net- ball League. Up to five Euston representatives will join Robinvale’s current com- mittee, with all positions up for re-election at the end of the season. As part of the merger, two SFNL games will be played at Euston Rec- reation Reserve, with a new playing strip – incorpo- rating both team’s colours – to be worn. Along with strength- ening Robinvale-Euston’s position off the field, the merger will bolster the Eagles’ reserves side, which struggled for numbers last season. Robinvale-Euston’s first hit-out will be a trial game in Euston against Tooley- buc-Manangatang on Satur- day, March 21. With two months until the opening bounce of the SFNL season, Calarco be- lieves everything is on track for round one. “I’m glad it’s over, and I’m looking forward to ev- erything settling down,” Ca- larco said. “We can now get down to the business of playing football.” Having strongly backed the concept, Euston presi- dent Chris Moore is happy to see the merger going ahead. “It’s great to see every- one getting behind it and looking to the future,” Moore said. “It’s the best thing for the community to have one footy club.” Struggling to field a competitive side in the Millewa Football League last season, Moore said Euston players were “really enjoying” mixing with their new teammates. “There was a big buzz around training last night,” he said. “There would have been 30 to 35 players on the track, which both clubs wouldn’t have had last year.” Although disap- pointed Euston was leaving the competition, Millewa Football League president Adam Astill believes the merger is in the best interest of both clubs. “It’s the best out- come for the commu- nity,” Astill said. “Hopefully they can get organised and have a really good football club, which brings them success.” With the MFL now reduced to six clubs, As- till said the league was doing everything in the power to ensure the MFL is a strong district league. “From a league’s point of view, the health of all clubs is impor- tant,” he said. “Keeping six teams is preferred, and we want all clubs to be strong and viable within their areas.” The MFL has released a revised 17-round fixture, which includes competition byes on Queen’s Birthday weekend and the first week- end of July. In round four, a Gala Day featuring all three games will be played at the Gol Gol Football Club. Robinvale-Euston Eagles merger gets green light New ace tennis app for school children A NEW innovative app is aiming to help schools increase the number of students playing tennis as part of the Federal Govern- ment’s plan to get more kids fit and healthy through its Sporting Schools program. Federal Minister for Health and Sport, Sussan Ley, joined Tennis Australia and the Australian Sports Commission at the Australian Open in Melbourne recently to launch the new app – the first of 12 pilot programs to be rolled out as part of the $100million initiative. Ms Ley said Sporting Schools was Aus- tralia’s largest school-based participation program for children. “We know that supporting participation at a young age is critical to help children de- velop a deep connection to sport and lead healthy and active lifestyles,” she said. “This is particularly important when one-in-four children are now overweight or obese. “Sporting Schools is a key part of our plan to ensure sport continues to play an important role in delivering positive health and well-being outcomes for our children. “With this investment, the Australian Sports Commission will help bring schools and sports together to provide a supportive environment that encourages participation for more than 850,000 Australian children.” Each year more than 5700 schools will be funded through Sporting Schools for practical delivery of sports activities that suits their local needs. 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