Clouded future . . . Woolgoolga AFL diehard Dave Dodsworth with young Woolgoolga AFL players Shannon Burol and Justin Dodsworth
Clouded future . . . Woolgoolga AFL diehard Dave Dodsworth with young Woolgoolga AFL players Shannon Burol and Justin Dodsworth

Club in dire straits

By GREG WHITE

WOOLGOOLGA AFL diehard Dave Dodsworth is in a quandary over the future of the winningest club in the league.

Unless dedicated people come on board to help run the organisation, Woopi's long term survival is looking bleak.

Dodsworth says money and playing staff are not the problem.

"We are financially sound and have a surplus of talented young blokes begging for a chance to play footy," he said.

"What's lacking is those needed to run the club.

"Unless they soon come on board, this club is in danger of disappearing forever."

After a golden age from 1982 when the club played in 15 grand finals and claimed nine premierships, recent seasons have been less than kind.

Not since beating Sawtell in the 1998 decider have the Blues come within coo-ee of a title and for many of those recent seasons, it's been a constant battle just to get on the paddock.

"A lot of the old boys from the glory years say they have done their bit and want to move on," Dodsworth said.

"They reckon it's time to sit back as spectators but if some of them don't get involved, there'll be nothing for them to watch."

2005 coach Tristan Snow has already announced he's stepping down from the job, preferring to continue his career as an ordinary player.

"I've put my hand up as willing to play if the club can be revived," Snow remarked.

"It would be tragic if the kids we've developed don't get the chance they deserve."

Snow said while there were a few disciplinary problems during his tenure, these could be quickly solved.

"The old hands will make sure nobody steps out of line and the young blokes who want to have a go will be encouragement for the others to stay in line.

"It's all about giving example and opportunity."

Woolgoolga will hold a training run and barbecue at Centennial Oval from 10am on Sunday, January 29, to measure support for the coming year.

"Even if we get no more than three or four old hands to run the show, it will make all the difference," Dodsworth claims.

"Otherwise, it could all be over."Clouded future . . . Woolgoolga AFL diehard Dave Dodsworth with young Woolgoolga AFL PLAYERS Shannon Burol and Justin Dodsworth. Photo: BRUCETHOMAS 06011856A

Club in dire straits

By GREG WHITE

WOOLGOOLGA AFL diehard Dave Dodsworth is in a quandary over the future of the winningest club in the league.

Unless dedicated people come on board to help run the organisation, Woopi's long term survival is looking bleak.

Dodsworth says money and playing staff are not the problem.

"We are financially sound and have a surplus of talented young blokes begging for a chance to play footy," he said.

"What's lacking is those needed to run the club.

"Unless they soon come on board, this club is in danger of disappearing forever."

After a golden age from 1982 when the club played in 15 grand finals and claimed nine premierships, recent seasons have been less than kind.

Not since beating Sawtell in the 1998 decider have the Blues come within coo-ee of a title and for many of those recent seasons, it's been a constant battle just to get on the paddock.

"A lot of the old boys from the glory years say they have done their bit and want to move on," Dodsworth said.

"They reckon it's time to sit back as spectators but if some of them don't get involved, there'll be nothing for them to watch."

2005 coach Tristan Snow has already announced he's stepping down from the job, preferring to continue his career as an ordinary player.

"I've put my hand up as willing to play if the club can be revived," Snow remarked.

"It would be tragic if the kids we've developed don't get the chance they deserve."

Snow said while there were a few disciplinary problems during his tenure, these could be quickly solved.

"The old hands will make sure nobody steps out of line and the young blokes who want to have a go will be encouragement for the others to stay in line.

"It's all about giving example and opportunity."

Woolgoolga will hold a training run and barbecue at Centennial Oval from 10am on Sunday, January 29, to measure support for the coming year.

"Even if we get no more than three or four old hands to run the show, it will make all the difference," Dodsworth claims.

"Otherwise, it could all be over."



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