As proud sponsors, The Farm Protectors would like to congratulate the Ouyen United Football & Netball Club Inc. for their successful first year as a merged entity.
With the winding up of the Mallee Football League (Vic) by AFL Victoria at the end of the 2015 season, both the Ouyen United Demons and the Walpeup Underbool Kangaroos faced the daunting prospect of having no local football and netball within their immediate area. In an area that has been successful over the past 100 years, producing talented footballers including the likes of Hugh Torney, Dennis O’Callaghan, Max Crowe and Trevor Poole, to name just a few, the sporting ways of Mallee life were destine for a significant change.
Rather than be lost to change though, delegates from both Club’s put rivalries aside and set about implementing a plan to ensure that these sports would not only continue within their area, but also that there would be a successful club for future generations to be proud of and that they could represent.
The plan lead to the formation of the newly merged Club and the Kangas were born. Not to be deterred by a merger, the newly formed Club also took on an additional challenge, stepping up into the major Sunraysia Football & Netball League.
Initial challenges faced by the Club showed resilience, strength and trust as both sides come together on and off the field and continued to develop their plan.
After a long year, just reward was received on that final day in September with both the senior and reserve footballers represented on the ground and the C Reserve netballers on the court. Unfortunately the C Reserve girls couldn’t get over the line, but the Reserve and Senior footballers rewarded the plan and both took the Premiership Cups back down the highway.
Once again, it proves that a well thought out plan, executed well, can form the foundation of ongoing success.