THE conviction of a former Port Kennedy Cats Junior Football Club treasurer has brought closure to the local sporting community at a difficult time, according to the club.
President Simone Ireland spoke to the Weekend Courier following a court case that started when the theft of club money was discovered last year.
Emma Marie Dixon was convicted of stealing as a servant, but escaped jail time after her seven-month prison sentence was suspended for 18 months.
Ms Ireland said the sentence brought closure to a difficult time.
“It was a spanner in the works but I am glad it has come out,” she said.
“We did try and always wanted the money back. We are insured and in the end they have taken care of it. It is now behind us.”
However tough it was for those left to pick up the pieces, 2016 had also produced many triumphs for the PK Cats.
“We had an amazing year – the best ever,” she said. “Our proudest moment was being awarded the Junior Club Champion for the Peel District.”
“We were so surprised when it was announced.
“We are pretty proud of that.”
She said the club had also been the recipient of several grants.
Another highlight was the dedication of club members to a common goal.
“Our volunteers, they are all so passionate about ensuring the kids have a good time. It is the sole focus of the club – getting the kids to have a love of the game.
She believed the club would emerge stronger.
“The resolve is to move forward and make 2017 and beyond great,” she said.
“We are very pleased to introduce our newest member: our mascot PK the Cat.
“Our strength is the strong focus on community we all share.
“Our ultimate goal is to be the most sought-after club in the district.”
Port Kennedy Junior Football Club will hold an open day on February 19 just before the start of its pre-season in March.