ALMOST three decades after she started doing finances based out of Cameron Oval Reserve it still doesn’t seem like Debbie MacInnes will be putting down the pen anytime soon.
After falling for Laharum farmer Roger MacInnes Debbie moved to the area and soon fell in loved with what was to become her second family – the Laharum football and netball clubs.
Laharum Football and Netball Club chairman Nadine Miller said Debbie is a great club member through and through who would do anything to help.
“She isn’t just the treasurer, she helps with apparel and admin as well,” she said.
“Debbie has been at the club for more than 30 years and is a proud life member.
“She played netball for the club too, although she doesn’t play anymore, she is still a great hit of tennis.”
Debbie worked professionally as a bank teller making it a natural move to take up the treasurer’s position at the club.
“I absolutely enjoy the role,” Debbie said. “I never considered not doing it, I was always going to be at the club so I thought why not.”
Miller said Debbie helps regularly without hesitation.
“She helps us out on Thursday nights, she stays back to clean, she just does everything,” she said.
“She is always happy to put her hand up and help out.”
Debbie married into one of the original Laharum football families and her three children have continued the long family association.
Heath played last year and was in the premiership winning sides of 2013 and 2015 but has moved to Queensland for the 2017 season.
Casey previously played netball for the club before moving out of the area.
Brooke is at the club and is a board representative.
Debbie said Laharum is a great example of what a family club is.
“Everyone is so friendly at the club and there is an emphasis on family and juniors,” she said. “A lot of the players here are home grown.”
Debbie has been with the club during its highs and lows.
She said it is special when it manages to be consistently competitive.
“For a club without a town it is important we have our own community at the football club,” she said.