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MITIAMO Football-Netball Club president Rob Clohesy has quashed any speculation that last weekend's premiership success would be the Superoos' swansong.
While Clohesy acknowledges Mitiamo needs to reinvigorate its volunteer base, he says the club - which this year celebrated its 130th anniversary season - is in a healthy position and there are no intentions of folding.
"There's obviously been some talk getting around that this year was going to be it for us, but it's not true... we're absolutely going to be back next year," Clohesy said on Wednesday.
"I'm not sure where this talk has come from, but there's no doubt that at a volunteer level we need to get some younger people starting to come through and taking over.
"I'm 60 now and am committed as president for another season, but we need to get the 40-year-olds coming in and starting to take over these roles with a few new ideas.
"Financially we're strong, playing-wise we've got a good list, but we know going forward that volunteers are going to be our biggest problem, but that's the problem at most clubs, not just Mitiamo."
Mitiamo enjoyed a Loddon Valley league grand final day to savour last Saturday.
The Superoos won both the senior football and A grade netball premierships and also won the B grade netball flag at Calivil.
And their reserves also nearly pulled off an upset when they stormed home late, but lost to the unbeaten Pyramid Hill by four points.
"It's been a really special year for the club, but it's important that our players, members, supporters and general football community know that we're alive and in a healthy position and going nowhere," Clohesy said.
Clohesy added that the club would be doing all it could during the off-season to try to get an under-18 side pack on the park in 2020.
The Superoos haven't field an under-18 team since 2012.
"We're hoping next year we could get the under-18s back, but there's a lot of water to go under the bridge," Clohesy said.
"There's just no local kids up there, which makes it very hard, but we'll be doing our best to try to make it happen."
In other football news, Mitiamo's Billy White has accepted a two-match set penalty following his first quarter report in last Saturday's Loddon Valley league grand final against Pyramid Hill.
White was reported by umpires Paul Smythe and Tom Flood for engaging in rough conduct against the Bulldogs' Brad Driscoll.
The report of White compounded a sluggish start by the Superoos, who conceded the first five goals of the grand final, but fought back to win 11.16 (82) to 9.6 (60).
Meanwhile, Golden Square's Jon Coe will front the tribunal next Wednesday night on a report of striking Gisborne's Matt Goodyear in last Sunday's BFNL first semi-final.
And Charlton coach Kain Robins will defend his rough conduct report against Birchip-Watchem's Nathan Gordon from the NCFL preliminary final next Wednesday as well.
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