David Drane who was the first Executive Officer (EO) of GippSport passed away recently as a result of prostate cancer. He was in the role from 1992 to late 2003. David provided the leadership to establish the Regional Sports Assembly with a “wafer thin “budget and was a resilient and conscientious EO. He also played a most significant role in the development of the Regional Sports Academy in Gippsland. He was a very well-known figure in local Australian Rules and officiated as a goal umpire goal in hundreds of games. We extend our sincere sympathy to his family and many friends and acknowledge his outstanding contribution to GippSport.


Gippsland Footy’s Fight Against Ice was officially launched at the Traralgon Football Netball Club recently. A crowd of about 150 people heard from a range of speakers on the danger of the drug as well as how club members might go about addressing the issues that arise from it’s use. Morwell Acting Police Sergeant Ben McWilliam spoke about the approach taken by police in matters involving use of ice. Jenny Svoboda from Australian Community Support Organization (ACSO) provided information on support services available to those battling addiction as well as family and friends. GippSport Program Coordinator Ryan Evans stressed the importance of clubs adopting and implementing an illicit drug policy. He outlined the importance of all club members, playing and non-playing, being aware of the contents of the policy and how the club will respond to non- compliance. Keynote speaker for the night was former Collingwood star and Premiership player Gavin Crosisca who spoke about his own battle with addiction and the dangers of illicit substances.

AFL Gippsland in partnership with Victoria Police, ACSO and GippSport, have arranged similar forums for another 17 Football Netball clubs in the region. Either Gavin Crosisca or Rebecca Slavin (2016 Bass Coast Young Citizen of The Year) will be the keynote speakers at these forums. All of these clubs should be congratulated for expressing interest in participating and genuinely caring about the health and well- being of their members.

The Football Netball clubs participating in the program are: Traralgon, Stony Creek, Kilcunda Bass, Boolarra, Fish Creek, Leongatha, Mirboo North, Phillip Island, Nar Nar Goon, Koo Wee Rup, Bunyip, Warragul, Hill End, Sale City, Traralgon, Tyers United, Glengarry, Morwell and Gormandale.