Eagles Legends in the Running for National Prize

Macleay Valley Eagles’ dynamic duo, Kevin Ackerley and Ronda Colliver, have received well deserved recognition for the significant contribution they make to the community by being selected amongst 12 national finalists in the Suncorp Bank Hidden Local Heroes award.

The purpose of the award is to throw some light on unsung community volunteers and Ronda and Kevin certainly fit the bill. Both pour countless hours into AFL in the Macleay Valley region through their efforts in running development clinics in schools, administering the club, coaching, preparing grants applications, and numerous other associated tasks. More importantly though, they volunteer as much time, if not more, to collecting kids from their homes and driving them to training, matches, Swans Academy, and anywhere else they need to go, as well as providing meals, care, and a place to stay for many of the junior players when they need it most.

AFL North Coast Football Operations Co-ordinator, Paul Taylor, said “Without Ronda and Kev’s efforts, we probably wouldn’t have an AFL club in the Macleay region. They work tirelessly to make sure that everything is in place, right across the season, including the club’s trip to Cairns at the end of last year. They do this because they want to ensure that local kids have a positive outlet in their lives that teaches them strong values, keeps them healthy and focussed, and builds skills that will serve them well throughout their lives. Ronda and Kev deserve every piece of recognition they receive, and then some!”

Macleay Valley Eagles Club President, Steve Jeffery said “Kevin and Ronda have done so much for AFL in our area. Their entire focus is the players, from Juniors al the way through to Seniors. They are amazing ambassadors for both the club and the community, I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honour.”

A national Hidden Local Heroes winner will be selected from amongst the 12 finalists, with that decision to be made on 8 March. Everyone associated with AFL North Coast wishes Kevin and Ronda the best of luck in that process and hopes that Suncorp Bank values them as highly as we do.

Meantime, Macleay Valley Eagles’ preparations for the 2016 season are progressing nicely with further registration sessions planned for this Sunday (21 February) at Crescent Head Park (near the boat ramp) from 10:00am to 12:00pm, and at St Joseph’s School Oval, Kempsey West, from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.

The club is also keen to hear from anyone interested in volunteering in a variety of roles such as helping with teams or matches (e.g. timekeeper, Goal Umpire), the Canteen, or with off-field roles. For more information contact Ronda Colliver on 6566 6217.


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