‘Mal’ steps down

AFTER six years as a Barossa, Light & Gawler Football Association director, Anthony ‘Mal’ O’Brien has stepped down from the role following the committee’s annual general meeting last week.
Rick Pearson, who was a BL&GFA director and president for a short time, four years ago, before succumbing to ill-health, will take over the position for 2017.
League president Mick Brien thanked Mr O’Brien for his commitment over the years.
“I want to thank Mal for the six years of service he’s given to the BL&G, and the 20-plus years of service to the Freeling Football Club,” he said.
“He’s very well-respected throughout the association and (it’s been a) job well done.”
Mr Brien still has a year left in his tenure after taking over as president, from Len Warren, in 2015.
Simon Carpenter will continue as vice-president for 2017, while Ian Dew and Sarah Jameson were also reappointed as senior and junior umpires’ coaches, respectively.
Lastly, a cap has been introduced on the number of junior players that can be recruited from clubs outside of the association.
Clubs will be capped to three under-17 and three under-15 players from outside of the BL&GFA, which Mr Brien said will be a positive move.
“There’s no under 18s side in Elizabeth anymore, so we had a lot of players coming up from other leagues,” he said.
“This will keep the local players local, and give local players a go.”
But, Mr Brien said, for any extenuating circumstances, clubs may contact the association to apply for an exemption.
The BL&GFA season kicks off on April 23.

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Steph Konatar was an intern at The Bunyip during her Bachelor of Journalism degree. After completing her course, Steph moved to Dubbo, NSW, for her first industry job at The Daily Liberal, before moving to Queanbeyan, NSW to pursue her dream of sports journalism. Steph moved back to Adelaide in late 2015 and soon started work at The Bunyip. She plays Aussie rules for West Adelaide and loves basketball and the NBA.

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