Hello everyone, welcome to season 2019!

Hi all summer is behind us and pre-season is in full swing. The ovals are in the best conditions I have seen them in many years, so I have been looking forward to round one.  We have had a very active start to the year with many changes to our committee and coaches. We welcome our new committee members including Irene Vouterakos as club secretary, Gavin Andrew as our Sporting Group liaison and Mark Habel taking on the grounds manager role. All have had significant impacts on the club already and I look forward to working with them this season.  This year we welcome a few new coaches to the club – Sam Myott who will coach our under 16 girls and Adam Parrot who will take on the under 11 boys mid-season (Brad McGowan will coach the boys in the initial stages of the year) and we are rapt to have Harrison Nitschinsk take on his first coaching roll with the under 14s.  Harrison was one of the club captains last year and now plays in the under 19s. I wish him every success in his role.  Once again we engaged Dynamic Footy Skills (DFS) to run our preseason launch at the end of February, which was a huge success, with more players participating than any other year.  A week after this, DFS ran an elite coaching program for all of our coaches and their support teams.  This year, I feel they really hit the mark and we were able to put together a program that catered for our first year players, all the way through to our Colts.  The club will continuously look to improve not only our players’ skills, but to make sure we have the best trained coaches.  We are also very lucky to have additional support for our coaches from the AFL this year.  We will receive 16 to 18 hours of specialised mentoring, which will make sure we have the best support network available to our coaches. Season 2019 is a 15 round season with an awkward start, following round one we have a break for the school holidays and don’t have round two until 28th of April.  This is one of our club’s biggest football days, with the ANZAC round being commemorated.  We are all very lucky to have a thriving local club that has fantastic facilities, strong participation numbers and committed parents and carers who make the club the heart of our community.  I look forward to a great season ahead.

Travis Reddaway
WJFC President


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