Outbreak of peace as spats forgotten


IF anyone expected fireworks at the Group 2 annual conference at the weekend, they would have been sadly disappointed.

Delegates participated in the most convivial gathering in a decade, with all the spats and grievances of the last season nowhere in sight.

Sawtell delegate John Wotherspoon summed up the feeling of the gathering.

"The tension that exploded during the year may have been a good thing in hindsight," he said. "Everyone got rid of their frustrations and came here feeling that our differences didn't matter when football had us bonded."

Group chairman Greg Mayhew said the organisation would not be standing still despite every office holder being returned to their positions in the voting round.

"We have more fresh faces here representing clubs than I have ever seen," he said.

"Having so many interested in the future of the game will, in the future, allow us to introduce new people into the structure."

Country Rugby League chairman Warren Kimberley attended the conference.

After conducting the election ballot, Kimberley paid tribute to the strength of the Group 2 competition.

"All of us look at your structure with envy," he said.

"We like the way you operate and are amazed at the standard of football your clubs are playing."

Mayhew announced a name change for 2006, the final year of the current sponsorship arrangement.

"We will be known as Carlton Mid Group 2 from today," he said stated.

Returning treasurer Jim Anderson was congratulated from the floor after announcing a trading surplus exceeding $25,000. "We will be making further changes so the funds we hold and the way they're spent become more transparent," he said.

Delegates also created two life members at the meeting.

Treasurer Anderson and long-serving trainer Barry Nicholls received the honour to join current recipients Charlie Bowen, Greg Mayhew, Ken Smith and Roy Dunn.

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