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Success and challenges

Chairman Ben Parkin described 2022 as a year of successes and challenges in his report to the Moreton Bay United annual general meeting this week.

Mr Parkin also thanked everyone for their “support, time and efforts” while targets for this year, which he said was “very exciting” being the club’s 10th anniversary.

On the field Jets’ Academy “excelled again”, the chairman said, with the Under 16 Girls winning Phase One of their NPL season, narrowly losing the grand final and winning the Premier Invitational.

Jets’ juniors (8-12) led the way in many areas with outstanding player development in all ages. The Under 13 Girls also won the prestigious Sydney FC Cup and Under 11 Boys lost their semi-final.

The Academy was awarded a Gold Rating again, by Football Queensland (FQ) and one of three clubs nominated for Academy of the Year and Advanced Club of the Year. “An outstanding achievement”, Mr Parkin said.

While just missing those awards, Moreton Bay United Technical Director Matt Poole received the FQ Technical Director of the Year.

The chairman said it was “a great acknowledgement of Matt’s continued focus on player development, effort and execution of a great program”.

For the Seniors, our Under 23 Men followed up their 2021 Grand Final victory by making the semi-finals and the Under 23 Women capped a stunning second half of the year by just losing their Grand Final to Premiers Lions.

“Both these results were made even

better by the fact the majority of players came up through MBU juniors,” Mr Parkin, pictured, said.

Jets Men just avoided relegation from the NPL, but the women could not escape the drop. Both sides have new coaches in Cameron Millar and Greg Bradley.

Mr Parkin praised the relationship with ACE and we must continue to “drive increased and consistent communication and co-operation to help reduce pressure on fields and share best practice.”

The new fields and clubhouse are progressing at Brendale, but will not be ready in early 2023, as originally planned, he said.

The chairman said we must “all be looking at ways to drive increased revenue and reduce volunteer burnout” through more sponsorship, fundraising, events and member assistance.”

Mr Parkin thanked the club’s Board adding “not many people understand what these roles entail. I thank you for always going above to ensure Moreton Bay United continues to grow”.

There are four vacancies on the Board for 2023 – Marketing Co-ordinator, women’s Delegate, Youth Delegate, Event/Fundraising Co-ordinator.

Those wishing to fill those roles or get more information should email

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