Parkes Spacemen in dire need of a board but Group 11 says 'it's not concerning'

TROUBLE: The Parkes Spacemen have performed well on the paddock but now they're having trouble off it. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
TROUBLE: The Parkes Spacemen have performed well on the paddock but now they're having trouble off it. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Group 11 operations manager Paul Loxley has no concerns about any clubs in the competition despite the Parkes Spacemen currently being in dire need of an executive.

Speaking after Sunday’s AGM, Loxley said he had given all Group 11 clubs an extra week to submit their boards and committees to him after not all were able to do it at the meeting.

The Forbes Magpies needed three meetings to find a new president while the Spacemen are still looking for a president, treasurer and secretary ahead of Tuesday night’s third annual general meeting.

“It’s not concerning,” Loxley said.

“A lot of clubs have the same old people do it every year and I think this is a bit of a ploy to get some new blood in there.

“Everyone who does those jobs do it because they love footy and when it rolls around again people will step up.”

While Loxley isn’t worried, Parkes Spacemen vice president Ricky Newham is.

Newham said it was frustrating no one had stepped up to help run the club, with last year’s president Andrew Porter stepping down from the role after just the one season in charge.

“I thought it would have been sorted by now, we’re a month or more behind everyone at the moment,” he said.

“I know there will be a few there on Tuesday. There’s a handful keen to help out, but we need to cement the president’s job. If we don’t do that, we fold.”

Newham, 32, said it was important some old boys got behind the club moving forward.

“I’d be great to see a few older guys turn up to the meeting. They finish up playing and you don’t see much in some cases,” he added.

The Spacemen committee man, who has served the club for several seasons, said he was shocked Porter wasn’t standing for president again.

“He did the 12 months, and that was it. Bit shocked he finished up that,” he said.

“We encourage anyone that wants to be part of the club to come down and get involved.

“You don’t have to have any experience. At this stage, no one is on the committee either. It’s been really pretty quiet so far.”

Newham said he’s spoken to Group 11 officials about the club’s plight, and chairman Derrick Hoe would be in attendance on Tuesday.

Hoe was re-elected to the Group 11 president’s role on Sunday while Loxley also remains.

Tony Barlow has opted to stand down from his treasury role after years of service and Craig Renneberg has taken on that role.

New Macquarie president Ross McDermott, Forbes pair Greg Grogan and Jeff Acheson, as well as CYMS’ Mick Wilson and Alistair Quarmby of Nyngan are also on the board.