IT’S a case of mission accomplished for Hampden Football Netball League president Bob Guiney and his deputy Peter Manoel, who will retire from the league’s executive in November.
The pair announced their intentions to stand aside at the league’s annual general meeting during Sunday’s Maskell Medal count.
Guiney, who has been president for the past four years, said after 13 years on the executive, a younger president was needed.
“I think the time is right,” Guiney said.
“I think four years is long enough. I think it is time to hand the baton to a younger person.”
Guiney said he was confident the league was in a good position.
His legacy will be the expanded competition, having spent several years trying to increase the league’s size from eight clubs. But the fight that saw Portland and Hamilton Kangaroos enter the league had also taken a toll.
“I think the chase knocked a bit of steam out of me,” he said.
“It was a momentous three months and going straight into a final series ... the amount of time I would spend on Hampden league business would be 20-25 hours a week. I am fortunate I have a good employer.
“That (getting the extra teams) would be a crowning highlight. I was like an expectant father in round one watching Portland and Port Fairy and then the next day Hamilton Kangaroos and Cobden. That was one of the most fulfilling feelings I have had in footy seeing that come to fruition and what it’s done for the league.”
Guiney, who brought more than $1 million in sponsorship to the league during eight years before becoming president, said financial stability had been a big priority when he took over. He said he was proud of what the league achieved while he was in charge, including lifting the profile of Maskell Medal day, creating a hall of a fame, developing the league’s record from 16 pages to 72 pages, starting the pre-season competition, increasing recognition of life members and hosting a season launch and grand final day president’s luncheon.
He said communication with clubs had been a big focus.
“I’ve put a lot into it but the league’s given me tenfold back,” he said.
Guiney said he had discussions with the executive and people from outside the executive about a successor, saying he had made up his mind three months ago to step aside.
He said the executive had more work to do before November’s AGM.
Manoel, who has been an executive member for 10 years, said he had planned to step aside four years ago when Alan Rourke ended his reign after six years.
He said Guiney had asked him to stay on board.
“If he hadn’t taken it on I would have been finished four years ago,” he said.
“When we started we were hoping to get one extra team. To get two was a bonus.
“We wanted to make the league financially stable and have extra teams in the league and we’ve accomplished that.”