ON THE BALL: Amanda Ball is the new president of the Gladstone Rugby Union Football Club Goats.
ON THE BALL: Amanda Ball is the new president of the Gladstone Rugby Union Football Club Goats. Matt Taylor GLA241018GOAT

Club gets its off field order in place ahead of next season

RUGBY UNION: Amanda Ball has been appointed president of the Gladstone Rugby Union Football Club and said she will relish the role vacated by Dave O'Brien.

Ball, who has been involved with the club since 2006 and is a life-member, said she basically 'walked in and got the job'.

Gladstone Goats prop Dylan Johnson and Frenchville's Att Kleidon.
Gladstone Goats prop Dylan Johnson and Frenchville's Att Kleidon. Mike Richards GLA010717SFNT

"I know how it all goes and I've done a lot behind the scenes without actually having the title so I'm pretty comfortable," she said.

Ball also takes a great action pictures and has been a valuable contributor to The Observer over the years in adding photographs to GRUFCS stories.

She said the Goats' committee has essentially just been re-shuffled and said she will get a lot of support from people such as O'Brien, her husband Steve Ball and Anthony Groenintwoud who is one of the sponsors.

"Anthony is a life-member as well and I draw on from a lot of the different guys," she said. "Sam Carey is our secretary and coached a couple of years ago and is also one of our life-members and we have a lot of people who are around to help."

Goats Adam Edminstone -  Gladstone Goats  v Frenchville.
Goats Adam Edminstone - Gladstone Goats v Frenchville. Mike Richards GLA010717RGBBY

It has been somewhat of a topsy-turvy ride over several years as far as player numbers has been concerned and Ball hopes that this Saturday's 7s Program in Rockhampton will generate interest from new players.

"George Kupu, who is our seniors coach, has taken that on board so that will act as a pre-season," Ball said. "It has teams from our region and we also have teams from Emerald which are the Central Queensland Dingoes.

"We're hoping that the 7s Program will try and bolster player numbers a little bit and then move forward from there."

Goats ATiki Matebu -  Gladstone Goats  v Frenchville.
Goats ATiki Matebu - Gladstone Goats v Frenchville. Mike Richards GLA010717RGBBY

One of the problems has been enough players to field a Goats senior team in the first half of the season.

"It has fluctuated and hopefully this year (2019) will be the year that it starts to pick back up again," Ball said. The new president said that a lot of the players have representative duties at the start of a season.

"It's not just your rep programs in our area, it's also ones that are overseas and that takes a big chunk of the season and with the Outback Barbarians which is every couple of years," Ball said.

"We generally have two or three guys who go over for that." One of the aims is to get enough players who could cover for those who are assigned representative duties.

Ball welcomes new players and she can be contacted on 0439675991.



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