Light at the end of the tunnel

IN FOR THE LONG HAUL: While it has been a tough start to the Mid South East football season for Nangwarry, the Saints are in the fight, playing better football, but according to president Shane Ploenges need some better results to boost their confidence.

By Trevor Jackson

NANGWARRY Football Club has had a tough start to the 2021 Mid South East season, with a couple of big losses.

At the first home game on the weekend the football and netball clubs – including the visiting Robe sides – came together in a minute of silence to remember club stalwart Jenny Perry, who passed away recently.

The two clubs’ football and netball players formed one long line on the oval prior to the A Grade football match in a touching moment.

Nangwarry president Shane Ploenges said it was a nice moment.

“Jenny was a life member of both the footy club and netball club,” he said.

“We thought we would do something special to commemorate her.

“Hatherleigh did a similar thing the week before because they had a tough trot over the summer.

“We thought we would remember her in the same way.

“Everyone was on board and Robe was happy to support it as well, so I would like to thank them.”

As for the A Grade football results, Ploenges said it appeared to be coming together, with the scores not reflecting the real intent of the Saints on the ground.

“We are actually playing better than the results are showing,” he said.

“Both Hatherleigh and Robe commented the scoreline hasn’t reflected the way we have been playing.

“It is just a matter of gelling I think.

“We have a lot of young blokes now so we are heading in the right direction I think.

“We just need some closer results to get the confidence up.”

With the actual football clubroooms destroyed by fire it has been a tough time for the Saints.

However, a government grant and other funds have helped plan a new building, which all kicked off in earnest this week.

“The club is going well considering,” Ploenges said.

“It has been a long haul but the builders started digging holes this week.

“Everyone expected when we got the grant and would get started straight away, but we were on the back foot because we had no plans in place, we had to start from scratch.

“Council approval was the end of December and we were ready to kick off in January but struck some issues with SA Water.

“We have had some little hiccups but we finally have some light ahead.”

Ploenges said the new building would include space for the canteen, which would then open up the change rooms, which have had a bit of TLC over the summer.

In the interim the club has made do with what it has in place.

“Over the summer we served out of the canteen,” Ploenges said.

“We don’t get a heap of people there, so we set a fire up and sat out there.

“It was not ideal but something for people to do.

“People were still supporting us and now the swimming season has finished we can hire the hall there.

“We can also hire the community hall near the museum and can get around 100 people in there.”

Ploenges said with no hotel in the town the football club was an important place for people to meet up.