AFL ON RISE: Michael, Matilda, 2 1/2, Jan and Harrison Galonski, 4, are excited about Michael’s determination lift the Gladstone Mudcrabs.
AFL ON RISE: Michael, Matilda, 2 1/2, Jan and Harrison Galonski, 4, are excited about Michael’s determination lift the Gladstone Mudcrabs. Luka Kauzlaric

Mudcrabs on march to build a different culture in club

THE newly-elected executive of Gladstone Mudcrabs AFL Club has aims of turning the club into "the main force among the whole Capricornia competition", says Michael Galonski.

He was voted in as president at the annual general meeting on November 3.

Galonski said there was a balance of past and future on the executive with a few other new faces, as well as people resuming roles that they hadn't held in a while.

"We're just trying to change a few things and build a different culture in the club," Galonski said.

"We're hoping to build on the strength of past seasons."

Galonski has played in the club's reserves side for two year after moving to Gladstone with wife Jann from Sydney three years ago.

The couple moved for family reasons.

They have settled in to the city with their kids Harrison, 4, and Matilda, 2 ½.

"The opportunities are there in Gladstone, it's very family-friendly," he said.

Building a family-friendly atmosphere that the community is familiar with is part of Galonski's vision for the club. He also hopes for further integration between the junior and senior cohorts.

"We're in the progress of building a strong team on and off the field," he said.

"The players are here, we've just got to try to find them.

"We fully support those who are part-timers for family or work reasons."

As part of fulfilling his vision, Galonski hopes the club can organise a charity game and a couple of night games for next year.

Galonski believes the imminent growth of AFL and the expected dominance of the Gold Coast Suns should help boost the sport in the region, especially as the Mudcrabs are a feeder club for the Suns.

He named Jamie Hill, 12, Connor Russell, 14, and Jackson Smith, 14, as recent inductees from the Mudcrabs to the Suns Talent Academy.

The club will field teams from under-7s to women's and men's next season and is currently seeking volunteers for multiple positions at varying levels of commitment.

"We're on the hunt at the moment for coaches for all grades and sponsors for all grades," Galonski said.

Coaches will be elected by the end of this month and they will be who decide when pre-season training begins.

Sign-on is set for early February. For further information or to put in a submission in for a coaching position email gladstonemudcrabs@outlook.com.



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