Happy to help in anyway possible
19 JAN 2015 | BY JUSTIN GROSE
When asked “what has changed in your time at the club” Chris Evans had no hesitation in his answer.
Chris who has held numerous roles as a volunteer since 2009 added when my family first came to the club it was a bit of us & them between Junior & Senior clubs.
I am really pleased to say that has all changed for the better, there is nothing better than watching the senior boys playing on a Saturday afternoon & the senior players returning the favor on a Sunday attending Junior Fixtures. It shows that the “One Club – One Culture” policy is working not only working well BUT growing year on year.
Chris who is happily married to Georgina and has 2 boys Matthew who is (13) & William who is (10), He is busy operating a Jims Mowing Franchise. He loves both RFC’s. He enjoys watching his beloved Richmond FC & of course any Rowville FC game, watching my boys play sport on weekends, catching up with friends & family and really some pleasures in life Chris said.
Attending club functions & the lifelong friendships our family has made from the boys playing Football at Rowville are other highlights Chris noted. I will never forget Junior Grand Final Night in 2013 when the club had 3 teams in Grand Finals & was successful in winning 2 (Under 12 & Under 17). To see the smiles on people’s faces after all the work and effort of people at the club had done during the previous 9 months was all worth it, everyone was really enjoying themselves again.
On the flip side he really dislikes- “really long grass, eggs & too much negativity”
Chris became involved with the club in 2009 when Matthew played under 9’s. happy to get involved Chris coached for 2 seasons (Under 9 & under 10), after that he was a Team Manager for a season (Under 11), then became the Team Manager Co-coordinator for the club in 2013. Last season he took on the Grounds & Equipment Manager role & this season he has returned as Team Manager for the Under 14’s.
Chris and his family joined the club after being at Heany Park Auskick for 2 seasons, and a lot of Matthew’s school mates came to play at Rowville so it was an easy choice. Over the journey I have met plenty of characters around the club, but the pick of the bunch would have to be the Under 14 runner Gary Eickhoff who is a “12 year old trapped in a 49 year old body” Chris laughed.
Hopefully the club has another successful year, finals appearances for all our competitive teams should be all our goal. If l would really like to change something it would be to have more parents especially in the younger age groups to put their hand up & give the club some of their time. I know we are all busy but if everyone just did “one thing” it really would make so much difference Chris noted.
Chris concluded, l will continue just helping the club out where I can because l believe in what the club stands for and what it gives our local community, especially the youth of the area.
“You embrace the football club & the football club will embrace you”