Parents and coaches steal Bandits' thunder
FUN, friends and fitness is what the Blackwater Bandits Club is built around, according to president Gary Holt.
The club, which has more than 120 members from around the Blackwater area, set a challenge as part of its 2011 season presentations.
The friendly but fiercely competitive final match of the year between a combined parents and coaches team and a children's team held all the excitement of grand final football.
Holt said despite some "fancy footwork" from the youngsters and a late second-half resurgence, the adults were able to hang on to a 7-4 win with the help of a few "dubious calls by the referee".
The yearly presentation not only congratulated the juniors on a sensational season of football but also highlighted the regular and invaluable contributions made by the club's volunteers.
"To see us continue on again next year, we need people to take on an active role within the club," Holt said.
"Without the help of these people, who give up their time to help out in many different areas, we wouldn't be able to continue to provide a successful and enjoyable sport for such a diverse age group of children."
Trophies were presented to players in age groups from the three-year-old Squirts division through to the under-12 and youth groups.
Volunteer Christine Holt was voted clubperson of the year for her time and dedication given to the Blackwater club.