Wheatmen chairman Terry Deacon said the club had a positive vibe about it leading into season 2013.
Wheatmen chairman Terry Deacon said the club had a positive vibe about it leading into season 2013. Richard Coombs

Year full of promise for the Wheatmen

FOR the first time in nearly eight years, the Dalby Wheatmen could boast a C-grade team this season.

The clock is ticking for the Wheatmen to nominate whether they'll have a C-grade side, but club chairman Terry Deacon said it was a "real possibility".

With more than two teams worth of players attending pre-season training, two new board members and nearly 50 people at the club's AGM last week, 2013 could be the year of the Wheatmen.

Deacon said as the club entered its second season after amalgamation, things were more streamlined.

"We've got a bit of tunnel direction and people are interested," he said.

"People get used to coming to the footy."

Last season the club set itself a goal of having A and B grades in grand finals in 2014, but with enthusiasm rife throughout the blue and golds, they've readjusted their goals.

"I've been told 2013 could be the year," Deacon said.

"The club is pulling together and we've seen quite a few new faces.

"The coach is very pleased with training. This time last year we were struggling."

Deacon also highlighted the importance of having a distinction between on-field roles and off-field roles within the club.

He said in previous years there were board members trying to run the club who would then run out onto the field and try and win games.

"We have procedures in place to run the club like a business," he said.

The club is looking towards its main fundraiser for the year on March 24, a Garden Day at Sonya and Neil McVeigh's "Maclands".

The Wheatmen's Risdon Cup campaign kicks off on April 6 before the first home game on April 20, a sponsor's day against Condamine.

Wheatmen 2013 board

Chairman - Terry Deacon

Treasurer - Chelsea Wyatt

Secretary - Marguerite McCormick

Board Member - Gavin Pontin

Board Member - Peter Bird

Board Member - Andrew Webster



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