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AGM: No news on northern league but a healthy balance sheet - 2015-11-21

Melville United reported one of its strongest balance sheets in decades at the 2015 annual meeting.

But chairman Bruce Holloway noted this was sullied somewhat by the fact that heading towards the end of November, the club was still awaiting confirmation of its northern league status next season, with the Northern League Discplinary Committee still to rule on the eligibility of a Three Kings player which will determine whether Melville finish 10th in the premier league - and survive relegation - or finish 11th and face the drop.

Holloway reported that in response to an invitation to file a submission to the disciplinary committee, the club had done so on November 16, emphasising longstanding historical precedents and the essence of what seemed a quite clear NZ Football steer to the Auckland Football Federation on the matter.

"Uncertainty hangs over us like bad teenage deodorant," he said.

He said it was preposterous that in late November a matter which was first addressed in early May has still not been settled, as it has bounced around from appeal committee to appeal committee.

"On the other hand, we must appreciate that if it had been settled without due process, it may easily have been at Melville’s cost.

"And the bottom line is we should not be relying upon the mistakes of other clubs to avoid relegation, particularly given it is the club’s vision to be recognised as one of the top football clubs in New Zealand.

"Melville need to be proactive in investing more in our flagship northern league campaign next year, regardless of what division we end up in."

By contrast he said it had been a most satisfying year financially, with an operating profit in excess of 25 per cent of turnover, costs pruned and income increasing by $14,000.

However he signalled Melville faced major costs ahead, including an expected five-figure sum for resource consent for new clubrooms.

Melville's strategic plan objective "to foster football by consistently striving for excellence through the operation of a well organised club, with a strong sense of community engagement had been addressed through a number of undertakings in 2015, including:

  • Hosting Gower Park’s first men's international - between Panama and Uruguay U20s.
  • Unveiling a stainless steel sculpture at Gower Park No 1: The Goal. This 2.4m sculpture was commissioned to remember past members who had contributed to the club, and was unveiled in front of club members and invited dignitaries.
  • Formulating a preliminary design concept for new clubrooms at Gower Park in conjunction with architects Jasmax.
  • Upgrading floodlighting.
  • Hosting a men's and women's national league match, including a live TV broadcast.
  • Hosting the Maurice Hulme secondary schoolgirls tournament, co-hosted the Ethnic Tournament, Waikato women's knockout final, and a Waibop junior gameday, while again running a full summer 6-a-side programme.


Steve Williams will again coach the Melville northern league team in 2016, where he will be assisted by Richie Wade and Blair Hoad. Merv Williams will coach Melville Reserves, and Neil Mouncher the Melville Feds.

Meanwhile Bruce Holloway - reappointed as Melville chairman for the 12th successive year - was elected as a life member. Speakers said he'd done good.