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Brisbane City Cobras - Presidents report

Presidents Report

It has been a massive year with so much to re-cap but I will give it my utmost.

Firstly I would like to thank the affiliates for providing me the opportunity to lead Brisbane City throughout 2008/2009, it has been a tremendous honor and privilege to be able to give something back to the sport that I have so much passion for. I would also like to thank my fellow board members for their support throughout the year.

Over the past 12 months we have seen Brisbane City in a new office location at Whites Hill Reserve, the Administrator’s role upgraded to a full time position as apposed to sharing with another region and we also have the GDO on a full-time basis. Not having to share the GDO with North Queensland has helped us move forward is so many areas.

During the early part of the year we saw Glenn Hayes take on the Administrators role and Mary-Anne Fisher take up the position of our GDO.

At the start of the year Glenn didn’t have the most ideal work conditions (Glenn chose to work from home) but to his credit he persisted and soldiered on until we sorted out the financial side of things and were able to then get a demountable as his principal place of work. We also closed down the storage shed and moved everything under BMTA club house to cut costs.

Within the office there were a number of admin type tasks that needed to be completed for us to function effectively, these were done with ease - setting up a proper filing system, setting up MYOB and the general accounting system, (this task alone took many man hours by Julian and Sarah Aitken), up-date and change to the web site, stock take of items from the storage shed after it was relocated to Whites Hill, and an audit of accounts which were not in a good state.

We received three grants to the total value of $36,500 and successfully formed the Brisbane City Strategic Plan.

In February 2009 Glenn resigned from Brisbane City and Sarah Aitken stepped in as the interim Administrator. Sarah took over just before the NTL and put in many hours bringing herself up to speed with what needed to be done and she needs to be applauded for a job well done.

Junior State Championships at Coomera (AUG 08)

We sent 3 teams down and the teams came in as follows:

Boys 16s 2nd Runners up

Girls 14s 4th

Girls 12s 4th last

18s / 20s campaign (SEPT 08) at Coffs Harbour

We sent 4 teams down to the 18s/20 at coffs and the teams came in as follows:

Mens 20s 1st Grand final winner

Womans 20s 2nd Runners Up

Mens 18s 9th

Womans 18 9th


In March 2009 we sent away 11 teams to Port Macquarie for the NTL’s and the teams came in as follows:

Mens Open 6th

Woman Open 6th

Mixed Open 7th

Mens 20s 5th

Womens 20s 2nd Runners up

Mens 30s 6th

Woman 27s 5th

Senior Mixed 3rd

Mens 40s 7th

Woman 40s 4th

Mens 50s 2nd Runners up

Upon return from the NTL we had interviews to find our new Administrator and the successful person was John Ryan. I would like to welcome John on board and wish him every success for the future as our RA.

The Cobras are currently in a rebuilding phase and whilst we may not have done very well at this years NTL, don’t despair, we will come out and be a strong force to be reckoned with once again in the future.

To achieve the above, the BC Board in conjunction with the Tech panel decided to take over SEQTL. In doing this we hope to bring young blood into the clubs and also into the Cobra teams. This is not a quick fix it will take some time but if we can manage to preserver through the tough times we will get strong again. We have also changed the name from SEQTL to the Brisbane Touch Championships (BTC).

In closing I would like to once again thank all the volunteers, affiliates, Brisbane City Tech Panel and the Brisbane City Board for their support throughout the year. It has been a pleasure working with you.

Brendon Lester

Brisbane City President

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