NEW Hampden Football Netball League president Shane Threlfall believes his long history at club level will help him adapt to the role.
Threlfall, 58, was elected unopposed at the league's annual general meeting on Monday night.
He had already stepped aside as Port Fairy assistant coach before he was approached about nominating for president.
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Threlfall, who has a teaching background, coached Nirranda to two Warrnambool and District league premierships and has had stints at Koroit, Terang Mortlake and the Seagulls.
He replaces Garry Perrett who stood down after one year in the role.
Fellow executive members Steve Soulsby and James Green also vacated their spots while league hall of famer Kathy Hall was appointed to the board for the 2022 season.
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The chance to stay involved with football appealed to Threlfall.
"I have been in clubland all my life in some capacity in lots of coaching roles and administration roles and I thought it was time, once I was approached, that the league level would be a good change," he told The Standard.
"It may be a good way of giving a little bit back. I've always had a strong connection with the Hampden league.
"It's a fantastic league and a high standard of football and netball.
"I guess I'll now be a supporter of 10 clubs and the good news is I'll have five wins each week."
The South West TAFE teacher said he wanted to get around the competition and "help support the clubs".
"I guess as a teacher you acquire some skills over the years in terms of communication and organisation," Threlfall said.
"Some of those skills are easily transferrable to a role like this."
The new leader said he loved the passion volunteers had for their respective clubs and he was eager to talk to people about how to improve the competition.
"Things I enjoy doing is watching football and netball and talking to people about sport," Threlfall said.
The Hampden league recorded a profit in 2021 - a season which ended prematurely due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It made a profit of $31,669 - a $60,000 turnaround after posting a loss of $32,712 in 2020 when the season was cancelled.
League administrator Michael Farrow said it was a pleasing result.
"We made a profit, it was a good year. It could've been completely different if we got to finals and played without crowds," he said.
"We are very happy with the way the year was and the new structure of the Hampden league went really well, that being Ace Radio sell our sponsorship, I do the running of the competitions and awards and Tim Mason, past president, doing the finances."
Farrow said sponsorship income ($197,727) was a major boost for the league after it only brought in $4200 the previous year.
Sponsorship service ($127,000) was expenditure.
"Sponsorship was very good. We also knew we didn't have to buy a lot of footies and netballs because of not having the finals the year before," he said.
"A lot of expense is due to finals - umpires, security and that type of thing."
The league has $102,606 in the bank.
Koroit netballer Emily Batt received automatic league life membership after reaching 250 senior games throughout the season.
Executive member Trish Butters was nominated and accepted for life membership for her tireless work in netball circles.
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