Natimuk United discusses club direction

THE newly-created Natimuk United Football Netball Club had its first official meeting on Sunday.

The club was created when Natimuk and Horsham United voted to merge last week.

Sunday marked the first time members of the former clubs formally met to discuss the direction of the new club.

Natimuk United chairman Andrew Carine said the talks had been positive but there was still a lot of work left ahead for club members.

“We were able to meet and greet some of the board members from each other’s clubs,” he said.

“We moved enough resolutions to get some membership and sponsorship forms underway and we were able to get a temporary logo finalised to put on to the membership cards and stationery.”

Carine said the club was also working on consolidating the finances of both former clubs and rewriting a new constitution.

He said the club’s new logo did not contain an icon but carried the slogan ‘Natimuk United Football Netball Club – United We Stand’.

He said the logo was only for this season and a more permanent one would be designed for use next year.

Carine said the club was also designing a new jumper, but as it was yet to be finalised the club would switch between both the Natimuk and Horsham United uniforms from last season.

“We’re going to play in each other’s jumpers this year,” he said.

“What we wear depends on which strips clash with which clubs, so the league has actually advised us as to which games we can play in which jumpers.

“It just gives us a few months to get a new jumper design, a new logo and a new sponsor.”

Carine said the new jumpers would heavily feature the yellow and blue that were traditionally Natimuk’s colours.

He said one of the current proposals was for a blue jumper incorporating the yellow sash of the Diggers, but designs were far from finalised.

“There’s still a lot of work to go, but each week we get a little bit closer,” he said.

“There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes that has nothing to do with football, but it’s starting to fall into place a little bit.”

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