By Ron Lane
On Tuesday evening of last week members of both the Pirates Senior and Junior Rugby League Clubs attended a special general meeting at their club house at Pirate Park. The purpose was to listen to and discuss a submission tabled regarding the amalgamation of their Junior and Senior Clubs.
Such a meeting was of the utmost importance, for a move to combine the two clubs as one working under an updated and legally drafted constitution, could only be beneficial for the game of Rugby League within the Noosa Community.
In his opening address to members Club President Greg Christensen stressed, ‘’I consider it is important that we join our two clubs together- no gaps- we all love the game, so I think it is time that we unite and work together as one club.’’
Following his speech, the submission which was drafted by Joe Cirillo was tabled for discussion; slides were also made available to aid in the presentation of suggested new committee structures. In his opening address to the members Mr Cirillo emphasized the importance of one constitution (updated and rewritten) not two, understanding the new committee structures, accepting the role of an independent member for committee, and the importance of marketing and sponsorship necessary for an amalgamated club to progress and survive in todays sporting business world.
After the presentation the President then declared the meeting open to a question and answer time; as was expected there were many queries. However, after some heavy and thorough debating and closing remarks from the chairman, the vote for the amalgamation was called – and carried. Following this both the President and Mr Cirello told members that this was just the start and that many hours of hard work lay ahead. The President then thanked Mr Cirillo and others who had worked on the submission and in closing added, “A strongly united Pirates club would be nothing but beneficial for the game of Rugby League in our community”. The first big step has been taken and we wish the united Pirates all the best.