WHAT can only be described as a huge success not only for the NNDFC, but for the Derwent Valley as a whole? The footy game at Boyer Oval last Saturday which saw the one and only Brendan Fevola line up for the Mighty Eagles at full forward was just terrific and didn't he turn it on! Not only did Fev kick 18 goals for the game, he brought 5000 people plus the media to watch him do it and along the way made the club a healthy profit.
But the profit didn't just go to the club, it filtered through the community as well. People from out of town who came to watch the game also spent their money around New Norfolk. Whether it be at a take away shop or accommodation or fuel, money was spent and people saw what a lovely place the Derwent Valley really is. The "Give Me 5 for Kids" fundraising run by Heart 107.3FM raised over $2000 at the game. This wasn't just a game of footy, it was much much more. It wasn't just the NNDFC on show, it was the whole Derwent Valley. Where-ever you looked whether it be the news on TV or in the newspapers, the Valley was on show.
Right from the moment Fevola arrived in New Norfolk, he had the people coming from all directions, including the media. The way in which he conducted himself with the many kids at the footy clinic on Friday was just something. Not a child walked away without a smile on their face. Fevola may have had some trouble in the past and haven't we all, but he has proved to one and all that he is a fantastic person both on and off the field. Well done NNDFC. Your group of people lead strongly by vice president Chris Lovell and president Steven Dixon have staged a huge event that not only benefited a proud footy club, but also the Derwent Valley. 10 out of 10! We had a ball.
Wade & Chloe Gleeson