As the 2017 season draws closer, it is appropriate to introduce the new Board of Directors of the East Coast Eagles AFL Football Club Inc.
At the Annual General Meeting on December 14th, Peter Physick retired as the President after a record 15 years at the helm. Peter had taken on the Presidency role in 1996 when the Club played as the Baulkham Hills Falcons in the Sydney AFL. In the year 2000 the Falcons became the Eagles as the two clubs amicably went their own way in senior and junior football.
In 2008 Peter retired as President, but in mid 2014 circumstances arose which required a replacement Board to be formed. Peter again stepped up to lead the Eagles back into a profitable trading environment through until December 2016.
The 2017 Board of Directors consists of:
When asked about his feelings on assuming the Presidency, Jon Gawley commented that “I am honoured to be taking over very big shoes to fill and leading this great team and club.
“I am extremely passionate about driving the success of the club and getting us back to a powerhouse, not only in Premier Division, but all teams down through the divisions.
“Paul Eastman has done a great job with his first year in recruitment. We have lost a few players to other clubs and the NEAFL, but we have a great up and coming generic name for provigil list, some old faces back and some key recruits with the likes of Trent Stubbs returning after a one year stint with West Adelaide and former Eagles NEAFL player Mark Weekes signing a two year deal upon his arrival back in Sydney. Numerous juniors from Kellyville Magpies and Baulkham Hills have been undertaking a strenuous pre- season and no doubt we’ll see some new young bodies pulling on a First Grade jumper this year.
“The season is looking great as the culture continues to be re-built and the addition of the women’s team will also be a highlight as we look to assert ourselves in this division as well. Off the field the continued support of key sponsors is great which will ensure a balanced budget and the goals of the new Board are fulfilled off the field too.
“Working to ensure the club continues to restore the off field strength and watching the old culture return has been a very gratifying experience. It’s been very rewarding over the last few years to play a big part in guiding the ship as we dug ourselves out of the financial mess we were in mid 2014. It was also a privilege to work with the former President for whom I have the utmost respect as a person and as a leader. No doubt I will still seek his advice in the years to come!
“I’m also excited to be working with a great team of co-directors who I feel will all play a very key part in our club’s success moving forward.”