Barry Fardell credited for leading the way in Portland touch football | Lithgow Mercury

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It was a warm morning at Saville Park in Portland on Saturday February 5 with the official opening of the Portland Touch Football Association (PTA) clubhouse. After years of using a dilapidated green shipping container as their headquarters, this was a step forward for the sporting community and the opening was the perfect start to their Nick Way Memorial Knockout weekend. Along with the opening of the clubhouse, funded by a $500,000 state government grant, PTA founder Barry Fardell was recognized for his efforts to pave the way for tactile football in Portland. In 1979 Fardell formed a committee to start the PTA which has been running for 44 seasons. Women’s competition followed soon after in 1983 and Nick Way joined in 1988. Fardell served as president from 1979 to 1996 with a few years off in the middle where he took on the role of registration officer. He was later honored in 1988 by becoming the association’s first life member. PTA Vice President Angela Green said Fardell “got things done” and she wanted to recognize her efforts. “We worked closely with Portland Walnuts to create something very beautiful, we had a plaque made to enter the new clubhouse to honor Barry’s accomplishments and show our appreciation for what he has done for Portland Touch Football,” she said. Fardell’s daughter, Simone Davenport, said it meant everything to her father and his family to get this recognition. “Dad put his whole heart and soul into crafting this composition,” she said. “Portland Touch just bought the whole community together and many years ago there were teams from everywhere, there were Lithgow teams, Cullen Bullen, work teams, friendship teams, c was a great community spirit.” She said the plaque came as a surprise to her father and she worked closely with the association and Portland Walnuts to create a new plaque. “There was an old one on the old shed but when it [new clubhouse] came through it made sense to do something good for him [dad]”, she said. “It’s an acknowledgment of all the effort he has put in, we are so happy that it happened today, thanks to the committee and we are so happy that there has a new clubhouse to enjoy.” Over the years Portland has produced quality players, including two local junior girls, Tina Jennings and Jade Walsh, who have gone on to become Australian and NSW representative players. Geoff Stait and Graham Bourne have played in the NSW national team with other representatives at National Touch level as players, coaches and managers with Hunter “None of this would have been achieved without Barry’s efforts,” said Green. -house was opened by Bathurst MP and NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole, Lithgow Mayor Cr Maree Statham and members of the PTA The new headquarters has air conditioning, accessible toilets spectators, equipment for the players, a meeting room, a space storage, a spectator viewing area and canteen facilities. “Portland loves its sport and these improvements will not only help Portland Touch Footb the entire Association but transform Saville Park for the benefit of the entire Portland sporting community,” Mr. Toole said. PTA would like to thank the sponsors, the NSW Government, the Council and local businesses who have contributed to the new clubhouse. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:



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