Mackay gets life
THE moment one season ends, Sawtell Panthers are already working towards the next.
The first steps have already been taken for 2006 at Rex Hardaker Oval with the election of a new committee as well as the coaching staff being appointed.
After many years of hard work for his beloved Panthers, Kerry Hales has decided to stand down from any official duties with the club.
His role as president will now be filled by Mark Maynard and he's sure to get plenty of support from treasurer Ian Sheekey and secretary Donna Tulloh.
Tulloh was awarded the Club Person of the Year award at Sawtell's recent awards night.
Craig Wallace has been re-appointed as the first grade captain-coach and he hopes that his third season at the helm will prove to deliver the long awaited title for the Panthers.
After finishing runner-up in reserve grade this season, the committee had very little trouble asking Nathan Graham to return to the coaching post of that team while the experience of Greg Shuttleworth should prove invaluable as he takes the reins of the under 18s team next season.
The bulk of the playing roster is expected to return when pre-season training commences on December 6, including 2005 Player of the Year Damien Irvine.
Irvine proved his versatility through the season moving from fullback to the second row, also finishing with the award for best forward.
John Mackay was also rewarded for his years of service to the club with a well-earned life membership.
? BRAD GREENSHIELDS