Apologies to Merrylands - taking into account they moved to inhouse for 6 and 7s this year they have an increase of 3 teams
Senior and the IceMan - unless you have talked to the people involved you have no understanding of what is occurring at Pendle Hill
At least 8-10 teams would have stayed if they felt there would be appropriate competitions for them to compete in. The poor management at the Board Level is killing us and the fact that i was at the meeting where the Board Member said - they can take their ball and leave - left me gobsmacked. A couple of teams that were on the fence at that time took offence and subsequently left. Suffice to say i doubt a Board Member will be invited to our AGM any time soon
There are many clubs who report to the same association you do that grew numbers and have achieved great results. So what measures as a club are you taking to ensure your survival and growth.
The question still remains, if it isn't for internal issues why can some clubs grow and others decline under the same association. Is it not the responsibility of each club to work on increasing and subsequently retaining their players...?
Not sure what the apology is for or what the statement about 3 teams means.
I don't claim to know whats occurring at Pendle Hill, just questioning the reasoning stated here. I agree the board does little if anything to help some clubs, but it cant be the sole reason if other clubs can grow.
If the problem of players are leaving due to the "level of competition" then what ideas are there on improving it within the association? What would you do differently?
Sorry to everyone who wants to go to the Hills next year. It’s FULL. Should have jumped off that leaking ship years ago but you all decided to stay.
It’s now sunk and there’s no life raft in sight!
Oh wait, just jump in the Granville Facebook and watch a certain board member blabber about the amazing history once more.
Maybe said board member should focus on the future instead of worrying about the past.
He is seriously the real problem. I hope he’s reading this. Take a hint!
Time to fold this joke of an organisation and merge with Bankstown.
Thanks for your very valued input.... Don't Hills have a forum you can post on? Why are you here if you have so much animosity toward this association?
GDSFA WILL survive contrary to what you and some others may think. Plenty of positive steps in the right direction this year and many more to come next year.
To single out an individual for certain clubs shortcomings is not only ludicrous but completely unfounded.
Clubs build player growth, associations manage it.... not the other way around. The latter cant happen without the first step so clubs need to start building and thinking to our future rather than thinking of their club solely.... most clubs have already done this.
I think there are a few steps the association could take to make sure it survives and also thrives in future years. The first one I would be taking is a total rebranding of the association(it’s pretty obvious to see there is a lot of stigma and resentment attached to the Granville and Districts brand). Wheather that is justified, I am not here to say, but it is what it is. In saying that I understand the history attached to the Granville and districts brand being the oldest association and all, but I think a fresh new image and management/staff with no previous connections/vested interests would go along way to starting a new and positive phase, hence encouraging disgruntled members to stay whilst also encouraging new players to join. Let’s just say for example we call it Parrmatta City and Districts Association ( obviously would need to have a fully open voting process involving all association members). Then the next step would be to target the youth in the area, as this is one of the biggest problems at the moment, encourage new clubs to come to the table and build already existing ones. The area and population has more than enough to survive and even grow to one of the bigger associations once again, but I feel if we don’t move on from the old days and address issues that members are unhappy with then there is no hope. I think this would be a good start.
Sab i couldn't agree with you more. This is what Greystanes are pushing hard for but not sure how they will go with it.
I believe once the season is done and dusted there will be a push from Stanes and a couple of other Clubs to try and achieve this. If Granville don;'t want to listen it could get messy and see the Board tossed out! maybe that will be the best solution and then an interim board could step in and take control.
I am not saying the whole board is the problem just a few. And yes everyone has the opportunity to run for a position on the Board but who would want to with the way it is currently run