Borneo Bears President Letter

Following on from the Borneo Bears AFL Grand Final function and initiatives by the club committee early on in the year we are proud to announce that Rama – Gilang – Noor and Timbul are traveling to Darwin, Australia to train and play with the Darwin Waratahs football club on Friday 20th November .

This initiative originally started with the help of our great friend, life member, avid supporter, AFL Football Legend and Hawthorn Great Mr Gary Buckenara – Gary through his contacts with Mr Garry Smart from the Waratah Football club in Darwin, the Borneo Bears Committee and Mr Shane Kruger our former Borneo Bears coach have given the opportunity for these Balikpapan players to travel to Australia to gain experience, knowledge and play AFL Football in Darwin, Australia. We would also like to thank the parents of these players for their support and understanding in allowing their sons to have the opportunity to hopefully fulfil a dream. Who knows where this will lead in development of these 4 players and our other Balikpapan Bears players – This is a real milestone for the Borneo Bears Football Club.

Whilst In Australia the players will looked after by Mr Shane Kruger and his wife Amelia – this played a very significant part in getting the permission from the parents for their sons to travel to Australia as they know they will be well looked after –

We wish our players all the best and look forward to them being successful in this new adventure – Sponsorship assistance for providing this unique opportunity to these 4 players has been proudly supported by Commonwealth Bank Indonesia – for this from the Borneo Bears Football Club thankyou very much.

Our internal club competition start up is fast approaching so in the next week we will display the team jumpers and players kits on the Borneo Bears Web Page – we are aiming for one game before the Christmas break – the players are being fine-tuned by coach Once as seen during our fortnightly games, the players are enjoying the extra playing time now we have secured a permanent ground – The Telkom ground is just big enough but more important is we have a fixed schedule for training and playing –

To our major sponsors Coates Hire – Bhumi Phala Perkasa – Transkon Rent and Pedders Indonesia our Auskick sponsor we really appreciate the support that has been provided by these companies – I might add that these sponsors also dipped into their promotional funds and have sponsored the teams for our internal AFL Club competition – thanks guys very much appreciated –

During the year we also had our support sponsors and I would like to thank the following companies – Santa Fe Removals – Pt Fresmon Pacific Prima – Balikpapan Post – Pt Satnetcom – Airland Logistics – Borneo Statewide Bearings, PT PBU Catering – Novatel Balikpapan for their event coverage support – Huns Café the home of the Borneo Bears – and last but not least our committee members for their guidance, input and continued support during the year 2015.

Best Regards
Tom Comerford
President – Borneo Bears AFL