Woopi shake off the Blues

THE giant of the North Coast AFL scene has awoken from it's hibernation. After spending a year in recess, Woolgoolga is setting itself to play again in 2007 and the biggest hurdle has already been cleared.

An enthusiastic committee, which includes several new faces, has been formed and now the Blues are looking to establishing a strong foundation on which to rebuild the club.

"The committee is determined to get the club back into the first grade and under-18 competitions," newly elected secretary Karl Wisdom said.

"We want to provide a local team for the area's footballers and outstanding juniors to play for."

In the 25-year history of the local AFL competition, no team has enjoyed the enormous amount of success that Woolgoolga has had.

In their first 17 years, the Blues won nine premierships from an amazing 16 grand final appearances but recent hard times had taken their toll.

That is all about to change and with the resurgance of junior AFL along the Northern Beaches, Woolgoolga is preparing to set itself up for another period of long-term success.

Club stalwart Geoff Smith was elected as the club's president at the recent AGM, with the hard working Helen Young chosen to the treasurer's role. A good sized general committee have also put up their hand to get the club up and running again.

"We will shortly be advertising for interested coaches," Wisdom added.

"We're also looking for players and social members to re-establish the club. Arranging major and minor sponsorships and fund raising is the committee's primary focus in the lead-up to the 2007 season."

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