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The Entrance Bateau Bay Come a Long Way in 12 Months
Written by David Redden
Twelve months is a long time in football and this certainly applies to The Entrance Bateau Bay.
This time last year, The Entrance Bateau Bay (TEBB) AFC had an emergency meeting to assess if they would be able to field a side in the 2017 BDAFL season, just six months after winning the 2016 Second Division Premiership.
Fast forward 12 months to March 2018, and TEBB President Trent Allen advises that TEBB are fielding a side in the Black Diamond Plate and are, for the first time, fielding a team in the GE Womens Competition.
New Black Diamond Plate Coach Ryan Meyn has been part of a rejuvenation at the Club, according to Allen. “Ryan has come over to our club with a fresh approach and a lot of new ideas about coaching, and he had brought half of a dozen of his mates that have played at other clubs to come and have a run with the boys. There is a new vibe around the club, which is fantastic.”
Allen stated that registered numbers for both the Mens and Womens teams are much better than this time last year and that club is always looking for new players.
Allen said that Ryan Meyn “played his junior footy and a little bit of first grade for Killarney Vale” before coming across to the Bateau Bay Sporting Facility. “Ryan hasn’t played for 3-4 years, he wanted a bit of a challenge. He had a chat to our Committee about coaching, he put some ideas to the club and we decided to give him a go.”
TEBB has been fortunate enough to pick 3-4 players from interstate, according to Allen, “they have moved to the area for work or to attend University. They have jumped right into training, which has been a real positive for us ahead of this season. We used 41 players last year, which was a very tough year for us. We have learned a lot form last year’s experiences, and things are looking good for us right now. Training numbers have been really good, the players are mates off the field as well, which is great.”
Allen is coaching the Womens side in their inaugural season. TEBB are drawn to play Muswellbrook in Round 1 of the GE Womens Competition, which should result in a first victory ever for one of the two teams. “We have had some players come across from other sports to give Australian Rules a go, we are still looking for more numbers but things are going quite well at this early stage of the year. We know that Newcastle City, Warners Bay and Nelson Bay will be strong again, we’ve told them that it will be tough against these clubs but that when we play the newer clubs, we will be very competitive against them. We hope that the girls can play some good football, register a couple of wins and get them back for 2019.
TEBB have some local sponsors on board for 2018, a strategic move by the TEBB Executive for this season and beyond, explained Allen. “Our local sponsors are AusSteel at Chittaway Bay, Rob’s Pizzas and Pasta at Forrester’s Beach, Pizza Inn at Long Jetty (they have been long-term sponsors of our club), Big Nick’s Kebabs at Long Jetty, Central Coast Charcoal Chicken are also a game-day sponsor as well. We have changed our thought process from the last couple of years; we have gone out to local shops and asked for small sponsorships and building up a good relationship with the, so things on the sponsorship front are looking pretty good.””
Allen agreed that the Bateau Bay Sporting Facility is a great football ground. “The Council and NSW AFL have done a great job when they built this facility, we have had some representative games in the past, such is the standard of the ground. Wyong Lakes have trained here when Don Small Oval has been too wet and Terrigal Avoca have also trained here in the past. We are happy for other clubs to use our ground and hope that this is reciprocated when TEBB needs some assistance down the track”.
On the social front, TEBB has a season launch planned for April 6, and a Trivia Night on 9 June coming up.
We wish Trent Allen and The Entrance Bateau Bay all the best for this season and beyond.