Roosters Embrace Female Leader
For someone who lives and breathes football, becoming a club President is not unusual, except if that person is a female, but that did not stop Nadene McBride from taking on the top job with Singleton Football Club.
“I wasn't sure what to expect when I was elected President, but the respect I have been shown and the fact they respect me for who I am has been very encouraging. After all as with a lot of people within our club I really do live and breathe football ".
McBride spoke glowingly about the support she gets from the Roosters committee members in her first year as President of the Club.
McBride said that having such an experienced football person as Paul Kelly as club Secretary has been great for both her and the Roosters. "PK wasn't originally going to be Secretary but I specifically asked him to take on the role when I was elected President". McBride advised that after she kicked Singleton's first ever goal last year (in Women's Round at No.1 Sportsground and "off a pass from my daughter Kyah"), Paul Kelly called her from Atlanta, where he had been watching the game via Live Streaming, to congratulate her and the team. "That's exactly what our club is like, everyone supports each other and is there for one another. Every single person in the club watched that game and our first goal on laptops, tablets or their mobile phones".
McBride went to some lengths to state that the Roosters are a big family and how "we are always there for one another, no matter what". McBride made the powerful statement that couple of the Roosters female players told her "that they never thought they were going to find a family".
Paul Tapper's recent 200th game for Singleton was celebrated by the whole club, said McBride. "His heart is as big as his head, he is an amazing character. Everybody loves him, he just lives and breathes footy".
On field McBride said the Black Diamond Plate side were tracking very well to have a real crack at making it ‘back-to-back’ premierships this year. “We lost a number of key players after winning the premiership last year, however the new players have stepped up to take their places”.
McBride said that the club has a lot of work to do with the club's Reserve Grade side, saying that some of the team just want to to turn up on Saturday and have kick, and are not doing the hard yards at training to improve skills or fitness. Ironically, the Reserves are "our best workers and are great for the club" off the playing field, and that the club just needs some players to increase their commitment to on-field performance.
McBride expressed great pride in the rapid development of the Women's team, and their contribution to the club, on and off the field, has been enormous. McBride stated that coaches Andrew MacPherson and Joel Deacon recruited seven athletic players in the off season who were very good players in other sports such as Netball, League Tag and Soccer, and that their foot speed, spatial awareness and skill levels have been largely responsible for the Roosterettes rapid improvement, which has seen them five games in 2017 after a winless 2016.
In another promising sign for the club five of last year's Youth Girls side have come up to play seniors this year, and that has been great for the club and the future of the Women's side. "The kids are our backbone, we have to encourage them at every opportunity to play footy".
Not only is McBride the President, she is also a member of the women’s team having happily returned to the playing field in recent weeks after early season ankle and knee injuries. "Very happy to be back playing; it has been very tough watching the girls whilst I have been out. I hurt my ankle in pre-season, had been back for just two weeks and then did my MCL. Both times when I was injured, we were playing Muswellbrook".
The Singleton Roosters major sponsor is the Imperial Hotel in Singleton, and Nadene McBride said that the Imperial are great and passionate supporters of the Club. We also have a number of other great sponsors who are great supporters of the club.
We wish the Roosters, under the leadership of Nadene McBride, all the best in the future.