Football NSW’s State Dinner was held at the Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion on Saturday 7 November in what was a fantastic celebration of community football with Sutherland’s well known football advocate Bill Mcllveen awarded the prestigious George Churchward Medal.
Hosted by Football NSW President Greg O’Rourke, the evening kicked off with the presentation of the State Award winners.
State Award winners are nominated by their Association in recognition of their tireless efforts and service to football in their local community. State Awards formally recognise individuals who have provided consistent and valuable service at any level – Club, Association, Branch or State. These contributions may include services such as: committee member, coach, manager, match official, canteen manager or grounds person.
Greg Brosens, current President of Engadine Eagles was awarded a FNSW State Award in recognition of his tireless decades of service to both Engadine Eagles and to football in general. Greg has played for Engadine Eagles for the past 45 years continuously (still playing in the 45A’s and filling in for the AL2’s and everybody in between), has played in and coached sides that have won local premierships, State Cups and Champion of Champions.
Greg has been a Committee person at Eagles since 1998 in various roles such as Registrar, Vice President and now President. He has also been involved at the Club in running the BBQ and the canteen, manning the bar, setting up the fields, securing sponsors, building amenities, and the list goes on. Congratulations Greg on a well deserved State Award.
The night’s final and most honoured award, the George Churchward Medal, presented annually to an individual who has exemplified an outstanding commitment to the sport was awarded to Mr Bill McIveen.
· Life Member Football NSW
· NSWASF (now Football NSW) Director and General Purposes Tribunal Member
· NSWSF Youth League Judiciary Chairman
· FNSW Match Commissioner
· State Award recipient (1996)
· Sydney Branch President, Snr Vice President and Secretary
· Life Member Sydney Branch
· Soccer NSW (Indoor) Director
· NSW International Games Committee Member
· Life Member Sutherland Shire Football Association (1987)
· Sutherland Shire Football Association – Senior Vice President, Secretary, Judiciary Chairman, Disciplinary Panel Chairman and Delegate to FNSW.
· Life Member Heathcote Waratah Football Club (1984)
· Heathcote President, Vice President, Secretary and Club Delegate to SSFA
· Sutherland Sharks FC Committee Member
· Team Coach at Local and Regional levels
· Team Manager at Local, Regional and State levels
Bill commenced his commitment to Football in 1971 managing Heathcote’s Under 6B team, later in 1977 becoming the President of the Heathcote Waratahs after his involvement as a manager, junior Vice-President and senior Vice-President during the six years leading up.
In addition, Bill served as a Committee delegate for Heathcote and a qualified Referee, commencing this role in 1975 after passing the Referees Entrance exam and then serving as a referee for 15 years.
With notable work ethic, Bill was promoted to the role of Secretary at the Sutherland Shire Junior Soccer Football Association while still holding his senior position at Heathcote. With Bill’s continued service to the Heathcote Waratahs, he was awarded life membership in 1984.
Each year, Bills involvement in the sport grew more with roles being added to his impressive list of responsibilities.
An example of this was in 1990, when Bills football resume for that year alone included:
· Senior Vice President of Sutherland Association
· Chairman of PD & JC Sutherland Association
· President of Sydney Branch
· Junior Vice President NSW Amateur Soccer Federation
· Manager of the NSW U15 State Team
· Tour Leader for U12 team to Japan
· Life Member of Sutherland Association
· Life Member of Heathcote Waratahs
· Life Member of Heathcote East Public School P&C
Although Bill held various senior titles, he always remained a true supporter of grassroots and was prepared to do whatever was needed to get the job done and done well.
Even today, Bill is regularly seen at local grounds participating in football events – watching and supporting teams – and seconding in an official capacity as needed.
With an evident commitment and professionalism displayed in administering football in both a club and association capacity, Bill entered into greater roles within Football and sport at a State and National level – as evidenced by the many positions that he has held.
But Bill never lost sight of the participants, for example, during the early 1990’s, Bill drove the FIFA official and referees to and from the airport and the SFS in conjunction with the World Youth Championships, and was an elected Member of the NSW International Games Committee where he assisted with various International matches.
During this time in 1995, Bill was also elected as a Director of the NSWASF (now known as FNSW), a position he held for four years.
It was a fitting end of the evening as McIveen received a standing ovation by the many in attendance. It was a fantastic evening as Football NSW’s grassroots community embraced in what was a spectacular season for all involved.