Every organisation seems to be made up of four kinds of bones. There are the Wishbones, who keep wishing someone else would do the work. There are the Jawbones, who talk a lot and do as little as possible. There are the Knucklebones, who rap anything anyone does. Finally, there are the Backbones, who get under the load and get the work done.
After many years at the helm through the 70's, Fr Mac carried out the organisation of the Association, from the purchase of footballs to assigning umpires, but in 1980 he decided to opt out.
". . . and who could blame him? Anyway, he has got better things to do on a Sunday." (Broome News)
But at the AGM of that year, no one could band together to form a committee. The meeting seemed to think that anyone with an affiliation to a particular club couldn't function as an executive.
". . . an immature and selfish attitude me thinks! Perhaps we could swap committees with Netball. The footy committee could run Netball and thus neutrality would be assured. When you have strong clubs intending to play in an undermanned Association, which they won't bend to help, then you can't help thinking Fr Mac should let the balloon go, let the clubs sort out their petty squabbles and see if they really want to play footy." (Broome News)
Well, that's just about what was to happen with the Association over the next ten years. Too often all the spade work was left to two or three individuals to 'carry the can' who then received little in return except undue criticism. Was it any wonder that a Constitution, affiliation with the WAFL and Incorporation was not achieved until 1992.
In fact, in season 1986 the Association possessed no secretary, no treasurer and no property manager. Furthermore, the WKFA possessed a starting debt of $5,000.
". . . if not for the efforts of Mick Bruijn, who teeters on the edge of sensibility the season will fold. Just hope he doesn't crack. Previous efforts over the last two years to wipe out debts have indicated that clubs showed unrivalled greed when discussing their own financial situation, however appeals to shore up the Association fall on deaf ears. any fine administrators have been involved with individual clubs which have prospered while the Association is in decline." (Broome News)
With these problems, most preferred to sit on their hands at the AGM's since oval marking, the tribunal, umpires, scoreboards, collection of fees and paperwork were all left to the unwitting masochists who ended up on the committee and then battled through, but it often became too much with three games every weekend.
However, by the early 90's the Association had become very strong with the policy applied of 'shared responsibility'. The clubs themselves had to set up for the games and supply inter-change officials. Revenue was collected at the gate and a food van was purchased, both of which helped the Association financially and gave it the capacity to plan encouragingly for the future.