Minor Football reflects on last season

Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football had a pretty good season on and off the field in 2019, and it’s looking forward to more of the same next year.

The organization held its annual general meeting on Nov. 26 at the Estevan Elks Lodge. President Kevin Mortenson said the kids who were part of the organization this year had a lot of fun, but their numbers didn’t grow.

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“We hit 90 kids, and that’s the same as we had last year. Of course, we want to see the sport grow,” said he said.

The Century 21 U12 Chargers team had a great year, losing by a point to the eventual league champions from Moose Jaw in the semifinal.

“Overall it was a really good year. We’re looking forward to 2020. We want to increase our numbers across the board,” Mortenson said.

Financial statements released during the meeting showed the organization had $71,671.30 in total income, with fundraising accounting for $34,116.53, player registrations bringing in $19,012.50 and sponsorships generating $13,750.

Expenses were at $43,391.84, leaving a net income at $28,279.46.

The executive for 2020 was elected. Mortenson will be back for another year as president, but Paul Duncan has stepped down as vice-president to focus on coaching the Estevan Lions Club U14 Oilers.

The organization is looking for a new vice-president.

Other members of the executive and board and secretary Jesse Hochstein, treasurer Dena Bachorcik, Pat Ford (equipment), Laba Feoktistova and Lorna Roy (concession, Tia Thacker and Amy Lesy (fundraising) and Carrie Curtis (member at large).

Mortenson said the EMF wants to see girls football team start playing in 2020. A meeting will likely happen to gage interest in the team.

The EMF wants to be more aggressive with raising funds for their needs. He recognizes it’s a bad time to be doing so, but he would like to see upgrades at Chow Field, as the EMF wants to start holding practices there once again.

They would also like to have a taller tower at the Woodlawn Athletic Field.

And he would like to see flag football return for the youngest players as an entry level division, so they have a taste for the game before they start playing tackle football.

The EMF has a Super Bowl party planned for the Beef in early February of 2020, and Mortenson hinted that a sportman’s dinner could also happen to help with fundraising efforts.

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