After five years at the helm AFL Goulburn Murray Commission Chairman Nicholas Rolfe has resigned.
Rolfe has been the Chairman of the Commission since its inception after previously being Chairman of the Victorian Country Football League since 2004.
Rolfe acknowledged his change in home life was the main factor in his decision.
“I have recently moved house to Sutton Grange near Castlemaine and am therefore unable to give the appropriate levels of commitment to the Goulburn Murray Commission” he said.
“Despite the view of some, the purpose of the Commission is to assist our affiliates with the ‘growing of the game’ in the local area.”
“Believe it or not we are all on the same side! Ultimately the ability of a local Commission to make local decisions on behalf of local affiliates has to be for the betterment of country football.”
“Finally, I would like to thank Martin for an outstanding effort which at times has placed him under significant strain. I would also like to thank my fellow Commissioners for their support and wisdom over the journey. “
“As our involvement has increased so has the staff, and many thanks to them for the passion and concern that they bring to the table.”
“We are all custodians of the game and I leave firmly believing that the game is in good shape in the Goulburn Murray.”
“Fortunately, an opportunity has opened up for me to join the Central Victoria Commission and I am looking forward to the next challenge.”
AFL Goulburn Murray Region General Manager Martin Gleeson applauded Rolfe’s enormous impact on the game’s administration.
“Nicholas has played an instrumental part in the setting up of the governance of AFL Goulburn Murray” he said.
“Under his Chairmanship the Commission has grown significantly from its beginning to a fully functional organisation supporting the administration of seven leagues and as the governing body for the strategic growth and development of football and netball in the region.”
“The region’s first Strategic Plan has just been completed, participation numbers continue to grow in the younger age groups, league administrative structures have been streamlined with considerable cost savings and increased revenues achieved and there are now strategic plans in place for Coaching and to continue the exponential growth of Female Football.”
“There are still some significant challenges in the region around youth age groups and senior playing structures but Nicholas’ is able to leave the Commission in significantly better shape than when it commenced.”
“On a personal level I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank Nicholas for his support and guidance over the past 5 years.”
“His experience in, and knowledge of, the football world is extraordinary and it has been very helpful to be able to draw on and learn from.”
“His forthright manner and humour will be missed and I’m sure I speak on behalf of other Commissioners in thanking him and recognising his contribution.”
Peter Foott will take over the reigns as Chairman until the next Commission meeting where a new Chairman will be elected.