Nutrien Ag Solutions backs country footy

Nutrien Ag Solutions backs country footy

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At the presentation of cheques to the six football clubs that were the highest value recipients from Nutrien Ag Solutions new fertiliser order initiative were company key account manager Steve Wright (back left), Brenden Sweeney, Morawa Football Club, Daniel Stead, York Roos Football Club, Cameron Newbold, Railways Football Club (Albany), Ken Quartermaine, Wanderers Football Club (Katanning) and Nutrien Ag Solutions region manager west Andrew Duperouzel, Tom Major (front left), Ravensthorpe Football Club and Rohan Vaux, Boxwood Hills Football Club.

At the presentation of cheques to the six football clubs that were the highest value recipients from Nutrien Ag Solutions new fertiliser order initiative were company key account manager Steve Wright (back left), Brenden Sweeney, Morawa Football Club, Daniel Stead, York Roos Football Club, Cameron Newbold, Railways Football Club (Albany), Ken Quartermaine, Wanderers Football Club (Katanning) and Nutrien Ag Solutions region manager west Andrew Duperouzel, Tom Major (front left), Ravensthorpe Football Club and Rohan Vaux, Boxwood Hills Football Club.

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Nutrien Ag Solutions backs country footy

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OFFICIALS, players and guests of the WA Country Football League (WACFL) were out in force at Optus Stadium last weekend for an official function preceding the WAFL grand final.

The event provided an opportunity for major league sponsor Nutrien Ag Solutions to be recognised for its 47 year contribution to WA country football and in particular its support of the annual country week carnival held in Perth each July.

Despite the carnival having to be cancelled at the 11th hour this year due to COVID-19 uncertainty (although rescheduled women's league and colts carnivals did go ahead last week), Nutrien Ag Solutions continued its support of the event, handing over a cheque for $100,000, the company's single biggest sponsorship outlay to any event in Australia.

Nutrien Ag Solutions region manager west Andrew Duperouzel said his company had to make a call early whether to continue its sponsorship for the 2021 season and there were three compelling reasons that for him made it an easy decision to do so.

"Firstly we have had 47 seasons of continuous support through Nutrien Ag Solutions and our legacy brands Landmark, AWB Landmark and Wesfarmers," Mr Duperouzel said.

Beacon farmers Des (left) and Vicki Miguel were with Nutrien Ag Solutions' Ashley Lock, Narrogin.

Beacon farmers Des (left) and Vicki Miguel were with Nutrien Ag Solutions' Ashley Lock, Narrogin.

West Coast Polys player of the year was Dampier Sharks premiership player, Guy Langdon (centre), Dampier, with his number one supporter Shirley Simpson, Dampier and West Coast Poly director Stephen Thompson.

West Coast Polys player of the year was Dampier Sharks premiership player, Guy Langdon (centre), Dampier, with his number one supporter Shirley Simpson, Dampier and West Coast Poly director Stephen Thompson.

Doing a bit of grand final 'coaching' from the sidelines were WACFL life member Terry House (left), Dominic Frisina and Steven Italiano, all from the Harvey Brunswick Lions Football Club.

Doing a bit of grand final 'coaching' from the sidelines were WACFL life member Terry House (left), Dominic Frisina and Steven Italiano, all from the Harvey Brunswick Lions Football Club.

In from Beacon were Kerry (left) and Murray Junk with Nutrien Ag Solutions Narrogin manager Graham Broad and animal health specialist Bronwen Fowler.

In from Beacon were Kerry (left) and Murray Junk with Nutrien Ag Solutions Narrogin manager Graham Broad and animal health specialist Bronwen Fowler.

With the two items auctioned on the day were WAFCL president John (left) and Debbie Shadbolt, Mukinbudin, who bid to $320 for the painted football, artist Kevin Bynder who designed the 2021 WACFL All Stars jumper, buyer of the jumper at $525, David Mitchell, Morawa Football Club treasurer and auctioneer and Nutrien Ag Solutions key account manager, Steve Wright.

With the two items auctioned on the day were WAFCL president John (left) and Debbie Shadbolt, Mukinbudin, who bid to $320 for the painted football, artist Kevin Bynder who designed the 2021 WACFL All Stars jumper, buyer of the jumper at $525, David Mitchell, Morawa Football Club treasurer and auctioneer and Nutrien Ag Solutions key account manager, Steve Wright.

 Enjoying catching up were South West Regional Development Council chairman Mark Blakely (left), WACFL life member Graeme Young, Kondinin, Dominic Frisina, Bunbury, WACFL life member and property manager Ben Ralph, South Perth and WACFL councillor and life member Tuck Waldron, Perth.

Enjoying catching up were South West Regional Development Council chairman Mark Blakely (left), WACFL life member Graeme Young, Kondinin, Dominic Frisina, Bunbury, WACFL life member and property manager Ben Ralph, South Perth and WACFL councillor and life member Tuck Waldron, Perth.

Revelling in the grand final atmosphere and keeping a tight hold on their clubs cheque were Boxwood Hills footballers Rohan Vaux (left) and Edward Moir (right) with friend Gerard Shadbolt, Perth.

Revelling in the grand final atmosphere and keeping a tight hold on their clubs cheque were Boxwood Hills footballers Rohan Vaux (left) and Edward Moir (right) with friend Gerard Shadbolt, Perth.

WACFL president John Shadbolt (left) and his wife Debbie, Mukinbudin, enjoyed spending time with WAFC executive manager country football Tom Bottrell and WAFCL patron and life member Ken Baxter.

WACFL president John Shadbolt (left) and his wife Debbie, Mukinbudin, enjoyed spending time with WAFC executive manager country football Tom Bottrell and WAFCL patron and life member Ken Baxter.

 Supporting Ravensthorpe Football Club were Jeremy McLerie (left) and his partner Emily Green, Kalgoorlie, Emily's parents Nikki and Wayne Green, Albany, daughter Lacey McLerie, 18 months and sister Courtney Green, Perth.

Supporting Ravensthorpe Football Club were Jeremy McLerie (left) and his partner Emily Green, Kalgoorlie, Emily's parents Nikki and Wayne Green, Albany, daughter Lacey McLerie, 18 months and sister Courtney Green, Perth.

On the same table were Richard Lucas (left), Mandurah, who joined his brother, CBH Group head of accumulations, Trevor Lucas, WAFC executive members Joe Burton, Walpole and Greg Baird, Perth and Mr Baird's partner Leonie Bolger, Perth.

On the same table were Richard Lucas (left), Mandurah, who joined his brother, CBH Group head of accumulations, Trevor Lucas, WAFC executive members Joe Burton, Walpole and Greg Baird, Perth and Mr Baird's partner Leonie Bolger, Perth.

Women's league State country team player Sophie Proudfoot, Bunbury with West Coast Poly player of the year winner, Dampier Sharks premiership player Guy Langdon, West Coast Poly director Stephen Thompson and finalists McKenzi Nix, Boyup Brook Football Club and Fraser House, Gnowangerup Football Club.

Women's league State country team player Sophie Proudfoot, Bunbury with West Coast Poly player of the year winner, Dampier Sharks premiership player Guy Langdon, West Coast Poly director Stephen Thompson and finalists McKenzi Nix, Boyup Brook Football Club and Fraser House, Gnowangerup Football Club.

Getting ready to watch the WAFL grand final were Bec Jarvis (left), Merredin, Jade and Todd Keeffe, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Wongan Hills and clients Kate and Gary Whyte, Konnongorring.

Getting ready to watch the WAFL grand final were Bec Jarvis (left), Merredin, Jade and Todd Keeffe, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Wongan Hills and clients Kate and Gary Whyte, Konnongorring.

p WACFL regional development specialists at the grand final luncheon at Optus Stadium included Eamon Rice, Kimberley region, Broome, Matthew Chave, South West region, Bunbury, Paul Reid, Wheatbelt region, Narrogin, Gemma Harrison, Goldfields/Esperance region, Kalgoorlie, Grady Tomelty, Mid West region, Geraldton, Vicki Agnew, Pilbara region, Karratha and Nathan Douch, South West region, Bunbury.

p WACFL regional development specialists at the grand final luncheon at Optus Stadium included Eamon Rice, Kimberley region, Broome, Matthew Chave, South West region, Bunbury, Paul Reid, Wheatbelt region, Narrogin, Gemma Harrison, Goldfields/Esperance region, Kalgoorlie, Grady Tomelty, Mid West region, Geraldton, Vicki Agnew, Pilbara region, Karratha and Nathan Douch, South West region, Bunbury.

Nutrien Ag Solutions staff at the function included senior commercial manager Craig Terrill (left), region credit manager Joe Mondi, southern general manager Justin Lynn, Ross Dunkeld, Lake King branch and region manager west Andrew Duperouzel.

Nutrien Ag Solutions staff at the function included senior commercial manager Craig Terrill (left), region credit manager Joe Mondi, southern general manager Justin Lynn, Ross Dunkeld, Lake King branch and region manager west Andrew Duperouzel.

Enjoying their day out were Dalwallinu farmer Nigel Dickens (left), Lachie Bonolo, Dalwallinu, Conor Brogan, Claremont and Hamish Dickens, Dalwallinu.

Enjoying their day out were Dalwallinu farmer Nigel Dickens (left), Lachie Bonolo, Dalwallinu, Conor Brogan, Claremont and Hamish Dickens, Dalwallinu.

"Secondly, our man Steve Wright (Nutrien Ag Solutions key account manager) has been the liaison between our company and country football for 18 years and coincidentally has also worked for our company for 47 years, so he has been a driving force behind our ongoing support.

"And having played in the country football carnival myself for Avon League in 1991, in fact I just caught up with one of my old team mates today, I know how important football is to people in the regions and how every club strives to make the country week championships.

"The third reason is our customers.

"Without your support we don't sponsor anything and I should add that our sponsorship is not just about football - we also sponsor other sports such as cricket, netball, hockey and tennis."

Mr Duperouzel said in recognition that many clubs were expected to have difficulty fundraising and boosting coffers this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nutrien Ag Solutions decided to offer a new revenue incentive based on fertiliser sales.

"Our pledge was to pay one dollar per tonne on all new fertiliser orders to the purchaser's nominated club of choice," Mr Duperouzel said.

"And as Steve Wright will explain it has been extremely successful."

"Our target was $48,000, so 48,000 tonnes of new fertiliser orders," Mr Wright said.

"As of today we have been able to deliver $43,000 in cheques to 48 country locations, made up of 43 football clubs and five sports clubs, so that is a significant boost."

Cheques were presented to the six highest ranking shires on fertiliser revenue with the recipients all football clubs.

They were the Ravensthorpe Football Club, the biggest cheque of $5035, York Roos, Wanderers (Katanning), Boxwood Hills, Morawa and Railways Tigers (Albany).

The West Coast Poly player of the year award was presented to Dampier Sharks premiership player Guy Langdon, ahead of finalists McKenzi Nix, Boyup Brook Football Club and Fraser House, Gnowangerup Football Club.

It capped off a great year for the former Perth Demon who also won best on ground in the grand final, Dampier Football Club fairest and best and North Pilbara Football League fairest and best.

West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) CEO Michael Roberts, who also spoke at the function said "it has been an amazing month of football in WA and we are hoping to top it off today by breaking a 20-year record of more than 30,000 at today's WAFL grand final".

"We have also got the AFL Masters competition taking place in WA at the moment and before today's league grand final, in acknowledgement of our country clubs, we will have a parade of country footy champions involving 2500 children representing each of the premiership country clubs.

"Country people love their football and it brings a smile to their faces no matter what is happening at home on their farms.

"We are focused on improving our country sector and part of that was holding a board meeting in Geraldton to discuss ideas.

"Country football is already a leader in the mental health space but we are looking to do more, we recently signed a partnership agreement with Rio Tinto and have just received some government funding to boost programs in the Kimberley.

"We're working with East Fremantle to take a home game to Northampton as a fundraiser for Tropical Cyclone Seroja recovery and hope it may be the derby with South Fremantle.

"And it was great to see Bencubbin and Koorda both celebrate 100 year anniversaries this year," Mr Roberts said.

Being headquartered within its territory, Nutrien Ag Solutions also has a sponsorship connection with the South Fremantle Football Club and it appeared, by way of show of hands, that about 80pc of function guests were hoping for a Bulldogs victory.

But a bit like with the AFL grand final it was not the dog's day with 125-year-old Subiaco, storming home after a close contest in the first half, to win 13-7-85 over an inaccurate South Fremantle 5-11-41.

And the official attendance was 29,879 just shy of the 30,000 Mr Roberts had hoped for.

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