Potts steps from the field to the boardroom

FOR more than 20 years, Geoff Potts has played for the Orange Emus Rugby Union Club.

That is all about to change.

He has finally hung up his footy boots and last weekend was voted in as the Orange Emus Junior Rugby Union Club president for 2013 at the annual general meeting.

“This is something I was looking to do,” Potts said.

“I have been involved with the junior club before. I just wanted to give back.

“I had 20-odd years playing with Emus. Now the playing’s stopped, it’s time to help the club out.”

As well as playing in the senior competition, Potts has also coached colts teams and refereed junior games.

He has opted to take on the role even though he won’t have a child playing rugby union in 2013.

“This is just something I wanted to get into,” he explained.

Matt Greatbatch has taken on the vice-president’s role while Amanda Ferguson is the treasurer and Jane Backhouse will return as secretary.

“We’ve got a good committee as well,” Potts said.

The junior club will meet in January when Potts said they would discuss coaches and player numbers.

He added he had some ideas which he would talk to the executive and committee about.

This year, Emus had sides in the Central West Junior Rugby Union under 13s and under 17s competitions but not in the under 15s.

Potts is confident they will be able to field a team in all three grades in 2013.

He added the Wallas were expecting strong numbers next year.

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