Dominic Trevaskis puts juniors through some AFL drills in the lead-up to next season: Charlie Trevaskis, 8, (Lions jersey), Jack Lee-Johnson, 8, (Hawthorn jersey), Lochlan Sheldon, 10, (Bombers jersey) and Mayto Gray-Morrison, 6.
Dominic Trevaskis puts juniors through some AFL drills in the lead-up to next season: Charlie Trevaskis, 8, (Lions jersey), Jack Lee-Johnson, 8, (Hawthorn jersey), Lochlan Sheldon, 10, (Bombers jersey) and Mayto Gray-Morrison, 6. Blainey Woodham

AFL makes a comeback

AFTER several years in the abyss, Murwillumbah AFL may find its way back to Rabjones Oval once again.

That’s if Dominic Trevaskis and co have anything to do with it.

A passionate fan of the national game, Trevaskis longed for AFL to return to Murwillumbah and has decided to get the ball rolling on launching a new junior club.

“There have been a lot of Oz-Kick programs here in recent years and the kids have really enjoyed the experience, but had no club to join,” he said.

“Pottsville (Tweed Coast Tigers) is the closest club to us, and that’s still a fair way away.

“We hope to form a club in time for next year’s Northern Rivers Summerland AFL league to give local kids a chance to play our great game.”

News travels fast around Murwillumbah, and with the aid of a few flyers, it wasn’t long before he received a lot of local interest.

Hence the visionary held an informal gathering to gauge the level of support in September, and was pleased with the response.

“We had a community meeting with interested parties and we got a really positive reaction,” Trevaskis said.

“It wasn’t hard to see that there was definitely enough support to attempt the formation.

“AFL development officer Brent Kelly has attended meetings and is keen to assist in our endeavours.”

An interim committee of eight was formed, and all have continued to float the idea around with great response.

This weekend the steering committee moves to phase two of the plan.

The inaugural Annual General Meeting will be held at Murwillumbah-East Primary School from 10.30am tomorrow.

“We will pick our first proper committee this weekend, and those elected will be tasked with leading forward in our bid,” Trevaskis said.

“I’m expecting around 10 people to stand for nomination, but we hope more members of the public will attend and get involved.

“We want everyone’s contribution in regards to a name, our club colours, sponsorship and to discuss exactly where we’re going,” he said.

Trevaskis said there had been much interested from both Mount St Patrick’s and Murwillumbah-East Primary Schools, and so he was hopeful of having under-8s, 10s, 12s and possibly 14s contest next year’s league.

He also added that the fledgling club was on the lookout for possible coaches. Anyone interested should apply.



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