Running an AGM

AGM meet and mingleWe are at that time of year where many of you are getting organised for your club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM is an essential requirement for incorporated organisations and is an important event for clubs to communicate with their members, the general public and the committee. The purpose of the meeting is to give a broad overview of the club’s current direction and financial health. It also confirms the club’s purpose to the members and community – this is where your community can commit to the club and its goals for the future.

Most people try to avoid AGMs through fear of “being roped into something”, but what better way to have a positive influence and contribution to your club’s future direction?

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Wangaratta District Specialist School and the 2018 Kanga Cup

article written by wdss head coach jack mcneilly

The Wangaratta District Specialist School (WDSS) soccer team has participated in the Kanga Cup in Canberra, the largest international youth football tournament in the southern hemisphere.

The Kanga Cup was held from 8-13th July and is a week of fun, friendship and football, and certainly kept the team from WDSS busy! The team comprised of Scott Sessions, Zak Andrewartha, Tyreece Rhodes-Orton, Zak Holmes, James Paul (captain), Kira Banks, Liam Mossop and Dakoda Leavet Brown. The team competed in the Summerland Football Athletes with Disability (AWD) Division, which was introduced at the Kanga Cup in 2012, providing the opportunity for people with disability to be part of this great event.

The team arrived in Canberra on day one, ready to jump off the bus for their first match against 2017 winners, New South Wales (NSW). Down 2-0 at half time, WDSS was feeling the pressure in the back line and in goals, as team NSW gave it everything. The second half was similar as NSW pushed for a win, finishing the game 5-1 with Tyreece Rhodes-Orton scoring one goal for WDSS.

There was no rest for the team as they were straight back on against ACT Special Olympics Team, but were ready for battle in their second game taking a 5-0 lead at half time and went on to win the match 5-3.

Day two saw WDSS play two teams from South Australia, which would decide their placings in the pool to make finals over the coming days. South Australia One Culture were too strong for WDSS in their first game of the day, kicking seven goals to one and proved themselves to be a finals contender to take out the cup.

It came down to the last match of the day against South Australia Special Olympics Team. WDSS had a nervous start, going down 0-1 into half time, but the team put up a fight and got back into the match, resulting in a 1-1 draw. This was enough for WDSS to qualify 3rd and make it to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals took place on day three, where WDSS had to face NSW again. NSW scored two early goals, before Dakoda Leavet Brown from WDSS scored the goal of the tournament which involved taking the ball off the opponent, dribbling past two players, passing off and receiving the ball back to hammer into the net. NSW ultimately won the match 4-1 to make the grand final, which was won by the formidable SA One Culture.

Team Coach, Jack McNeilly said, “The Kanga Cup is a fantastic event and a great event for us to be a part of. I’m really proud of the team – all of the teams we’re playing against are representing their state or territory and our team was all from the Wangaratta District Specialist School in north east Victoria, which is just awesome. For us to make the semi-finals is brilliant and it’s such a great experience for the team to play against these teams, travel to Canberra and get some high-quality matches.”

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All Abilities Football & Netball Carnival

Valley Sport have partnered with Netball Victoria and AFL Goulburn Murray to host the All Abilities Football and Netball Carnival on Wednesday 5th September 2018. The carnival will be held at the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve, Joyce Reid Drive, Mooroopna, Victoria, beginning at 10am.

Players from the North East Victoria region are encouraged to enter a team for this inclusive event. It is sure to be a great day where you can be active, showcase your sporting talents with your friends and make new friends too.


You can register a team using the links below. For further information, please contact Jarryd at Valley Sport
Phone: 03 5831 8456

Netball Team Registration
Football Team Registration