PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SEASON 2016
Season 2016 was launched with the club tradition, of a day out at Clifford Park. The players, parents and coaches turned out, even though it was a hot day. Each team competed against the clock, to complete the obstacle course in the fastest time. Some players were extra fast this year with the appeal of the waterslide calling to them. There were many extremely wet and muddy players and parents at the end of the day. We have booked Clifford Park to kick off the 2017 season.
The clubs committee gained a number of “newbies” this year. A few of stayers, Lilly Papadakis our amazing treasurer who stayed on even though she didn’t have a child playing this year, Philip Ruth, Finance, John Vaughan our YJFL Director, Belinda Martin, Web Master who also took on apparel, Andrew Paxton our WSG representative and Shanette Kontos, Trainers Coordinator. We were also luck to have the continued contribution of our Sponsorship Guru, Martin Rostron and “the man that knows everything” Peter O’Reilly. Much to his disappointment and his proclaimed retirement last year, Shane Garrick (and Stephen and Leo) stayed on as ground manager for another year. With Trent Ferguson and Travis Reddaway filling the shoes of Craig Robinson as our footy ops team, Angela Germach took over as Registrar and Jennet Ure moved from Team Manager’s Manager to Secretary. Unfortunately we didn’t fill the role of Team Manager’s Manager so Jennet stepped up and did both roles, as well as coordinating our very successful ladies lunch and organizing our other social activities. We also managed to secure the services of David Ure as our second WSG representative. I think the Ure family should probably take up residency of the Club rooms over the football season.
The ladies lunch was a combined function with our Senior counterparts. There were at least 120 ladies in attendance. For those of you who were not there, I’m sure you can imagine what a great time the ladies had with beautiful wine and no kids!
In 2017, we focused on our motto “it’s all about the kids”, which had our fundraising group organizing a movie night. This night was also a huge success, with the younger players and sibling turning up in their onsies to watch Dispicable Me, with Choc Tops and Pop Corn. The parents got to relax and catch up while the children where occupied.
Our Club Captains Jake Trewella, Connor Huntley and Mackenzie Smead really took on their positions and were fantastic role models for the younger teams. They (with assistance of our under 15 leadership group) attended the younger teams training sessions, AusKick and organized a social event for the Warrandyte Community. Jake, along with Trent, attended Warrandyte Primary School to showcase our club. I was really impressed with our captains enthusiasm and willingness to have a go. I am proud that these young men are a part of our community. I think we are in good hands for the future.
Key aspects of our off field achievements for 2016 include:
- Offering first aid training to our Colts and U15’s players
- Jointly with the Cricket Club and Senior Football Club attending the “STOP One Punch Can Kill” presentation
- Our Joint Senior and Junior Football Club ladies lunch
- Participating in the Step Back, Think, Lace Up Against Social Violence
- Participating in the Indigenous Round
- Participating in the ANZAC day memorial round
- Continued close relations with the club’s Platinum Sponsors – Quinton’s Supa IGA and the Warrandyte Community Bank
- Leigh Montagna took a training and meet and great session with players as part of the Good For Football program, thanks to Yarra Valley Toyota
- Leo Garrick being selected to be a member of the YJFL youth committee
- Travis Reddaway received the Eastern Region Coaches Association Junior Coach of the Year Award
On the field
- The club fielded 9 teams and picked up a number of players throughout the season to make each team stronger
Player numbers were approximately 200
- 5 out of our 6 eligible teams madefinals
- Under 14’s and 15’s made the grand final with the Under 15’s winning the premiership and the U14’s being defeated by a heartbreaking one point
- We had representation from all teams in YJFL Best and Fairest with David Wilson (Colts), Oscar Hodgson (U15’s), Brady Poole, Hudson Rostron and Chase Wallace (U14’s), Nathan Leeson and Alan Ure (U13’s), Blake Haslam (U12’s), and Brayden and Lachlan Guymer (U11’s).
- Our teams this year were graded as follows: Colts (div 4), U15’s (div 3), Under 14’s (Blue), U13’s (Blue), U12’s (Blue) and U11’s (Green)
The continued support of the volunteers from within our club does not go unnoticed. This year the Miki Bilos Club Person of the year award was shared between our treasurer Lily Papadakis and the Colts Team Manager Paula Huntly. The Club presented two life memberships this year to Lyn Garrick and Shane Garrick. Lyn and Shane have tirelessly volunteered their time as team managers, trainers and grounds managers (to name a few) continuously over many years. All recipients personify what Warrandyte Junior Football Club is about. Their loyalty, dedication and passion for the Club can not be disputed.
Fostering the relationship with the Senior Football Club has been a big part of 2016 with the ladies lunch and the introduction of the Junior player who shows “most clubman like behaviour” tossing the coin at the start of the senior home games, to name a couple of things. This is a joint commitment from both Clubs and these initiatives are only the start.
For 2017, with girls football on the rise, the Club is seeking interested players to try and get a couple of girls teams started. This will add the diversity of the Club. The importance of continuing to make our Club inclusive of all players, of all abilities at all stages of their football career is also in the forefront for 2017.
This year has been a very successful year for our club, both on and off the field. We are lucky to have fantastic families involved with Club. As per most clubs that are run by volunteers, we can always do with extra help. I would encourage anyone who is considering getting involved, in any capacity, whether on the committee or helping out on game day, to do so. As they say, many hands make light work. Thanks to everyone who contributed to a great 2016.
Welcome to the 2016 Football Season.
This year at Warrandyte Junior Football Club we will be fielding teams in each age group. We have brilliant coaches who have stepped up to take on the job, and are looking forward to a great year. Pre-season training started strongly for the Colts and U15’s. With the U15’s defeating Ferntree Gully by a considerable margin in the years first practice match. Other teams have also been training so fitness levels should be great for our first games. All teams will be participating in practice matches at home, on April 10 against Whitehorse Colts. We are wishing all teams the greatest success this year.
Our Club is an important part of the local community. It is a place where our children will make life long friends. Our club motto is “It’s All About the Kids” and our aim this year is to show the kids what it means to be a part of a club. It is our responsibility to help them foster friendships, be accepting of all, support each other and encourage the community spirit that is Warrandyte. Our calendar of events for 2016 is about the kids and the community. Keep your eyes open for what’s in store.
This year under the leadership of our Club Captains our senior players will be involved with inspiring our junior players. This initiative is to showcase the talent we have within our club (on and off the ground), and encourage our young players to play as part of a “team” and be part of a “club”.
We have a fantastic committee but are always looking for more members and help. As the saying goes “many hands make light work”. It takes a huge number of volunteers to get a team on the ground every week. I would encourage all parents to help support the club, and your children, by assisting your team managers with jobs that need to be done on game day. All coaches, team managers and committee are VOLUNTEERS, who are doing what they do for ALL the children. If you are able to assist in any way please contact a committee member.
I am very proud to be a part of a club that has demonstrated values that I strongly believe in and hope that 2016 is successful all round.
GO BLOODS! Wear the red and White with pride.
President – Warrandyte Junior Football Club