Our club celebrates 20 years and one of the clubs founders, Patrick Curtis who received the clubs very first Life Membership at our 10th year celebrations in 2009 has written a letter for us all which was to be read at the 2019 social night.
Amanda Bartholomeus has shared Patrick’s note and gives us this context:
Patrick Curtis was approached by the AFL to help with founding a second junior club in the Eastern Suburbs as Easts Bulldogs were nearing capacity. Patrick’s knowledge and passion for the game and his personable nature made him a perfect fit to help promote the new club and in the year 2000 Maroubra Saints played their first season with approximately 40 kids.
Patrick served as President for 11 years, seasons 2000 through to 2010, while also managing registrations, handing out jerseys and ground managing in the early years. All this with no children playing, just a passion and enthusiasm to help AFL expand in the Eastern Suburbs.
Patrick’s strong sense of fairness and inclusivity became the cornerstones of the club and the inspiration behind the Patrick Curtis Club Spirit award which is awarded annually to a youth player who exemplifies these traits.
Hello Maroubra Saints Families.
Firstly, I do apologise for not being able to attend such a momentous occasion – 20 years of the Saints existence.
As much as I want to be with you all, unfortunately my poor health precludes me from driving up from Ulladulla to attend.
Secondly, kick your heels up and enjoy the occasion and friendship that helps make this great Club thrive and successful.
Thirdly, a big Thank You to all our volunteers that has continued to keep the club moving forward, a happy family club which continues to grow in strength.
Fourthly, during my time at the Sainters, we had many fantastic people, ie, committees, coaches, team managers and various other volunteers to assist in running the club.
So keep up the good work Mums and Dads.
Finally, I recall my first encounter with the “small but great committee”, I put my hand up to be a goal umpire but ended up being elected as President which lasted 11 years !! what an incredible journey but one I thoroughly enjoyed 😃
Thanks to all those fantastic volunteers during the early days 😃
Go the Sainters and may the club continue to grow and reach further milestones in the coming years.😃👍