Past Players where are you all?
Whilst I don't want to sound like a grumpy old President, I must say that in my nine-year term I am disappointed by the lack of connection between the club and our past players. We have experienced some club defining moments in that time, highs inter-dispersed with reality checks and lows. Premierships, promotion and relegation as well as the introduction of a women's team. I cant help but benchmark Old Carey against the likes of Collegians, De La Salle, Uni Blues and Xavs in terms of past player engagement, sadly by comparison we are a distant fifth.
Having said that there is a diehard core group (albeit small) who regularly come to our games and occasionally Cookie's lunches. Its great to have them involved and supportive, sadly though it does at times reflect poorly on the club, our history and culture, and impacts when we are trying to better the club with recruits and sponsors.
I had the pleasure of attending De La Salle's season launch in late March, they had a staggering 260 attend, with only 20 of them as current players. I don't expect us to be able to do likewise but I would hope that we can at times reliably call on our past players and have them engage more than they currently do.
So I have asked our Treasurer, Campbell Aitken to do a membership drive starting next week, hopefully you will have read this and be open to reconnecting. Reckon you should if the opening four rounds by our seniors is any insight into what may lay ahead, the boys have been impressive, so too the 2nds, Unders and Women.
Interested? Then click on this LINK to see what membership options are still available for 2018.
I hope that by the end of my ninth and final year as president I will have achieved one lasting goal, that is to have an improved core group of past players who are committed in supporting the club and play their part in continuing to develop our already rich history.