A number of members took advantage of attending the Society’s Christmas party at the Magpie Sports Club yesterday. They were joined by Simon Wilson and Jonathan Drennan from AFLNSWACT.
One of the attendees was former umpire, Jim McSweeney who at 84 officiated in his final match this year in a Masters Carnival. There were several other former umpires at the function including Chris Huon and Bill Allen.
A number of other members gave their apologies however they missed a great function where the atmosphere was keen and a number of old football stories were told.
Members will be pleased to know that this year’s journal, Time On, is currently being prepared and will be posted out prior to Christmas. The issue includes many interesting stories of former happenings in the sport over the past 130 or so seasons and is a great read.
On Tuesday this week two high level employees from the AFLNSWACT made a visit to the History Society offices at Croydon Park; they were Simon Wilson, Regional Manager, Sydney Harbour and Illawarra and Jonathan Drennan, State Manager, Media & Communications.
Both spoke at length about recent developments and changes with the league and the goals the organisation has within the foreseeable future. The duo also showed a great deal of interest in the operation of the Society and were at pains to demonstrate their appreciation and admiration they and the staff at the league has for the work the History Society have undertaken.
Jonathan told those on the committee who were in attendance that the work the Society undertakes in the recording of history of the game in NSW is more than likely unique in Australia. He also said other major sports were beginning to realise the importance of their history with a number establishing fulltime archival departments within their organisations.
Simon confirmed that a memorandum of understanding between the league and the society will be drawn up so that the relationship and responsibilities are more easily identified and lines of communication firmly established.
Image shows from left: Jonothan Drennan, Society President, Ian Granland and Simon Wilson