Mildura Weekly : Friday January 20 Vol 11 No 11
SPORT 47 FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU THE love that Raelene Johns, PIC- TURED, has for the South Mildura Football Netball Club is undeni- able. This bond with the blue and white was further entrenched when she was this week sworn in as the club’s first ever female president. Following in the historic foot- steps of the first female president of the Sunraysia Football Netball League (SFNL), Ros Milverton, Rae- lene succeeded Peter Hahn, who was at the helm for eight years. “I’m excited about the chal- lenge ahead,” Raelene told the Mil- dura Weekly. “I don’t plan on having a lot to do with the playing side of things, I’ll be more in the background with the running and administra- tion of the club. “There are lot of great people on the committee, and Peter will be my right-hand man for the next 12 months.” Raelene is no stranger to the grand old blue and white hoops, as the Johns surname is synonymous throughout the history of the club. Raelene’s 40-year association with the club started with her husband Garry, when he and his brothers were footballers. Garry’s father and uncle were best and fair- est winners back in the 1950s. Now Raelene’s daughter Stef plays netball, son Brendan is a for- mer footballer, while her other son Nathan has captained the Seniors for the past four years, winning best and fairest awards in 2013, ’14 and ’16. “I think I’m the only member of the family who hasn’t played,” Raelene laughed. She has, however, previously been club secretary, and was still heavily involved with South even when not holding an official posi- tion. Raelene believes her day job as practice manger for Mildura Car- diology will give her the necessary skills to take over the presidency. “Many sporting clubs now are run like a business,” she said. “I think these skills will help me transition into this role.” Raelene is not the only fresh face in a high position at the club, with former Under 16 and 18 mentor Pat Irwin taking over as Se- nior coach. Despite much recent success from South’s netball sides, and Under 18 and Reserves, the Se- niors’ premiership drought of 19 years, following their last flag in 1998, is the longest currently in the competition. Raelene, however, feels the club has renewed enthusiasm. “Pat is really trying to help change the culture of the club, and I felt a fresh face as president may help this push,” she said. “Everyone has responded positively. People at the club have known me for years and I am someone who likes to get things done. “Peter has done an amazing job as club president and I hope I can follow a similar path.” Hahn said Raelene will bring fresh ideas and a new enthusiasm to the Bulldogs. “It’s exciting to have someone who is really passionate about the club take over the role,” Peter said. “The mood is fairly buoyant with Raelene and also Pat Irwin coming on board.” South Mildura’s 2017 cam- paign will begin with its tradi- tional Good Friday clash against Irymple. Raelene takes reins of South Mildura Bulldogs South Mildura Bulldogs By Mitch Rodd firstname.lastname@example.org @MilduraWeekly @MilduraWeekly Mildura 155 Langtree Ave Ph: (03) 5022 2933 Ouyen Britt St (Hospital Site) Ph: (03) 5092 1121 Robinvale 160 Bromley Rd Ph: (03) 5026 3536 Berri 11 Crawford Tc e Ph: (08) 8582 2796 After Hours Emergency 0419 381 125 when available Tankard Dental welcomes SURGERY Arthur will visit Tankard Dental on a monthly basis. Please contact us on 5022 2933 to make an appointment Dr Arthur Drouganis - Periodontist & Implant Surgeon Dr Drouganis has over 32 years of experience. The first half of his career he practised as a general dentist and second half as a specialist in the fields of Periodontics and Dental Implantology.
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