Daniel steps up for Pigs

Gatton Black Pigs Rugby Union Football Club’s new president Daniel Franettovich with his parents, Mark and Maria at Ladies Day, 2023. Picture: GATTON BLACK PIGS RUFC

Gatton Black Pigs A grade player Daniel Frannettovich has stepped up to help run the rugby union club as its new president.

Franettovich hails from Townsville and came to Gatton to study.

“I moved to the area about two years ago now for uni, studying agribusiness and agricultural science, majoring in agronomy,” he said.

The hooker and loosehead prop has played A grade with the Black Pigs for two years now and has remained active in the club.

“I’ve always loved the culture around the Pigs, so I thought if there was a way to lend a hand that I should do it,” he said.

“Matt Gudgeon, the ex-president for this year, he had to step down because he got a job up north in the mines so I thought I should take over from him.”

Franettovich said Gudgeon was good with people and sponsors, and the club was sad to see him go.

“Matt laid down a really good foundation, so I just want to build on top of that,” he said.

“We’re going to make the most out of the sponsors, they give us money for the club so we can run and people can enjoy playing their footy.”

Franettovich said he wanted to keep the club’s culture alive and healthy.

“The Black Pigs have been around for 102 years now, so I’d like to see them hang around for another hundred years if possible,” he said.

“We’ve got Ladies Day coming up on the 3rd of August, so I’m going to work with the committee and make that’s as good a day as possible for our loyal fans and sponsors.”

The club is performing well in the current season, with early success for the colts winning the 2024 Downs Colts Trophy.

“Our C grade team have been going really well, they’re on top of the C grade ladder,” Franettovich said.

“In A grade, we’re sitting about 5th at the moment but there’s a lot of promise there.

“Our sows team have been getting some good results as well.

“We had the South Queensland Championships last weekend [18-19 May], and we had a few members in both the colts and the men’s side.

“Our players in the colts team performed really well, and the men’s came second in their comp, and our players had a good role in that.”

Franettovich said he had a good team of people around him.

“The team in the committee are all very capable people, they’ve also got a big dedication to the club,” he said.

“They’re all good people and easy to work with, which makes my job easier.

“I just love the footy, love the Black Pigs, and I’m keen for the rest of the season.”