It is with pleasure that I present my Annual Report for the year 1972.

This year has shown an increase of 100 boys playing football for our Council. We now have 374 registered players, which speaks well for our fostering of Junior Football within the Club.

Our 1972 season has been a very successful one, with an impressive list of Premierships to our credit. In a total of five grades, we gained four premierships. The under 12 and 14 grades were won by Marist Brothers, who we are proud to sponsor, and the under 16 and 18 grades, were won by South Bunbury.

We were also successful in winning three of the four Premierships in the lightening carnival, conducted by the Association, mid-way through the season.

To those coaches, Managers and players who were successful in leading their teams to victory, my heartiest congratulation. I’m confident, that with continued understanding and perseverance, South Bunbury will have young players worthy of a place in our league side, for years to come.

My congratulations to Ross Maher, who was successful in winning the Association under 16 Fairest and Best-Neil Miller medal. Congratulations also to the various boys who won Fairest and Best awards for their respective teams.

During the year, several of our teams played social matches against city clubs, who travelled to Bunbury. These trips are always a highlight, and were enjoyed by all. Local teams made return trips to the City, as guests of these Clubs.

The City clubs concerned were Brentwood (East Fremantle) and Swanbourne (Claremont). Neither of these clubs have zoning commitments to Bunbury areas, but these visits foster good fellowship among the players and officials.

Social evenings were held in the South Club Rooms during the season with the intention of creating more interest amongst the parents of the players. These evenings met with mixed success, but our intentions are to persevere, and continue these functions in the New Year.

I wish to publicly acknowledge the co-operation given to me by the Marist Brothers during the year, especially Brother Paul, and Brother Reginald. I trust that the school sees fit to continue our relationship in the future.

My appreciation to Mr. Don McGinley and family who have kindly donated a fairest and best medal for the under 18 competition. The medal to be known as the “McGinley Medal.”

To the South Bunbury League club, I extend my sincere appreciation for their co-operation and assistance throughout the year. Also to The Past Players Association, for their assistance to our Juniors. It gives our Council great confidence to know that these men are interested in our Juniors, and their assistance is greatly appreciated.

Special credit must go to Mrs. Pat Glendinning for her untiring effort in organising the Hay Park Kiosk roster of workers. My thanks to these ladies who helped on this Kiosk, and also at the players teas. To our Patrons and Trophy donors, my sincere thanks. Without your generosity we would find it hard to conduct such a successful
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Special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. N. Blewitt for donating a set of jumpers to the Under 12’s.

In conclusion, I would like to pay special tribute to my Committee, for their assistance throughout the year, the culmination being winning of the Bedford Park Trophy for the second year in succession.

Thank you all once again for your loyal support and encouragement, during this my second year as President, with special thanks to my Secretary, and Treasurer.

M. J. MAGUIRE, President