Northern NSW Football board welcomes three new directors

EXPERIENCED: Newcastle Jockey Club and NNSWF director Bill Moncrieff.

EXPERIENCED: Newcastle Jockey Club and NNSWF director Bill Moncrieff.

NORTHERN NSW Football life member Bill Moncrieff looks set to continue as disciplinary and matchday commissioner after gaining a seat on the federation’s board.

Moncrieff, former Football Mid North Coast director Rick Naylor and ex-North Coast Football general manager Paul Sullivan were elected from four nominations for three positions on Sunday. Christo Patsan was unsuccessful. Phil Holt and Alex McDonald had to retire after two four-year terms and deputy chairman Michael Gaertner did not seek re-election. Bill Walker was returned as chairman and Helene O'Neill was elected deputy.

NNSWF chief David Eland said Moncrieff’s roles were not “disqualifying positions”, meaning he could retain them while a director.

“We are going to have a discuss with FFA about it just to make sure,” Eland said. “He’s keen to continue but he’s absolutely prioritised his board position.”

He said the departing directors were integral to the landmark development of Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.

NNSWF board members with the plaque at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility at Speers Point. Picture: NNSWF

NNSWF board members with the plaque at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility at Speers Point. Picture: NNSWF

The board’s “foresight and commitment” in helping make the Speers Point headquarters a reality was officially recognised with a plaque at the facility.

Of the new directors, Eland said Naylor was an experienced administrator who had recently moved to Newcastle.

Sullivan, who lives on the North Coast, “has an extensive knowledge in sport and local government” and “worked with local councils and rights-holders to conduct significant sporting events in regional areas” while with Cricket NSW.

​Moncrieff, an A-League matchday commissioner, is a long-time Newcastle Jockey Club director and former vice-chairman. He has served as NNSWF disciplinary commissioner for more than 20 years.

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