Club AGM moves for renovations

Jacob Lollback, left, and Jim Dougherty, won the junior and senior Clubman of the Year awards at the recent Yamba Surf Life Sav
Jacob Lollback, left, and Jim Dougherty, won the junior and senior Clubman of the Year awards at the recent Yamba Surf Life Sav

Last Sunday Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club held its 98th annual meeting after celebrating a very successful 2004-2005 season.

Club president Ray Burridge pointed to the 12 rescues and 36 first aid treatments carried out by club volunteers on Main Beach and a club with a proud record over 97 years of not having a fatality during patrol hours at Main Beach.

He said that because of the rapid expansion of Yamba, the clubhouse needed to be extended urgently to cater for more space to carry out the club's lifesaving duties.

To this end plans for such extensions were presently with the Clarence Valley Council for a development approval.

Elections resulted in Bill Dougherty OAM being elected patron, with Ray Burridge reelected president, Alan Schofield, secretary; Jim Baird, treasurer; Steve Wiblen, boat captain and Brendan O'Mahony IRB captain.

New to the executive new club captain and vice president long-standing lifeguard Greg Wyllie.

A feature of the management committee included father and son combination of life member and club stalwart Geoff Sanders and his daughter Belinda being elected.

Life membership was bestowed on long serving members Brad Collis and Mick Smith.

The meeting concluded with lunch and liquid refreshments.

Major league debut

SYDNEY. ? Victorian baseballer Justin Huber has overcome the frustration of a serious knee injury to make his debut in the US Major League with the Kansas City Royals.

Huber was called into the team following the injury to first-baser Mike Sweeney but spent his first match against the Chicago White Sox on the bench.

He is expected to get his first start today, making him the 21st Australian to play in the US Major League.

Scouted from Australia in 2000, Huber joined the New York Mets the following season and has since spent his time in the minor leagues.

Originally a catcher, Huber has been forced to move to first base this season after suffering torn cartilage in his left knee after a home-plate collision with a base run in July, 2004.

The injury kept Huber from making his big league debut last season and also cost him a spot in the Australian Olympic team that won a silver medal in Athens.

But now Huber gets the chance to play at the highest level, an ambition held since he first swung a bat.