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It’s a kind of magic at Macksville

August 25th, 2021

Macksville Soccer Club – as The Beatles famously noted – gets by with a little help from its friends.
In her second year at the wheel, club president Gayle Murray said the past five years had been immensely challenging – but there are green shoots.
“We did what we did to keep the club going – I mean it’s a 40-year club,” Gayle said.
“Last season COVID hit us with a bang and we all worked really hard. We were so lucky that we were the first sport to come back.”
The role of fortune can be overstated – as the Macksville Stingers through hard yakka have controlled what they could, and charted their own destiny.
“I feel really highly supported by our key sponsors and North Coast Football,” Gayle said.
There’s been a swag of champions within too who have made a difference.
Too many to name all, but Gayle said the efforts of coaching coordinator Justin Murphy, through to senior men’s team legend Brodie Bartlett, and right through to her dad who runs the game day barbecue were all part of the fabric.
And the results of the all-in effort are coming.
“We’ve had a really good year – our 15s and senior men are both in the finals,” she said.
“In my first year on the committee we had two senior teams and one junior team. We’ve got 15 teams now and we nearly had a girls’ team for the 10s.
“It just keeps growing. We’ve got a really good committee and we’re in a good place.”
Another tireless contributor has been Nathan ‘Gazelle’ Cameron who oversaw the tree plantings at the North Macksville fields, and is passionate in his role as groundsman.
“We got him a new line-marking machine, so he’s happy,” Gayle laughed.
On match days the club president is ever present in the canteen, where the tucker has gained quite the reputation.
But there’s one golden rule.
“The biggest thing you don’t want to run out of is Allen’s Red Frogs,” Gayle said.
Image: Zach Pacey powers upfield for Macksville Stingers.

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