In my final report for 2012, I’m pleased to say that we finished off on a high note.
The final round saw us in the bottom of the table clash against Surrey Park. Both clubs were keen to atone for a long season where success on field had yearned us 2 wins and Surrey Park were yet to chalk up a win.
No matter where I went or who I spoke to, even up to a month prior to this game, the main topic of conversation revolved around this game. The footy romantics, which seemed to be most of those I spoke with were eagerly awaiting the clash, in hope of Surrey Park’s first win in a number of seasons. Local radio and print media experts all tipped against us, word from rival clubs was that they had their doubts over our ability to win the game. The only ones who seemed to believe we had the goods to win the game was us!
One of the Eastern FM representatives was at the Snake Pit on gameday – another football romantic who managed to grab my attention for a few minutes. By this stage, I’d had enough of the talk of us possibly being Surrey’s first victim, as had the players who had all heard similar and experienced their own doubters in recent weeks. At the time our Reserves were warming up. The noise coming from our rooms, together with the steely looks of determination left me in no doubt that today was our day. When questioned about the fallout of a possible loss my response was “we’re not losing today”. I was confident – probably overly so and with a wry, doubtful smile (as I’d come to expect over the past few weeks) he walked off saying, “if it’s close, I’ll grab a comment at 3 quarter time”. I didn’t see or hear from him again. Our players and coaching staff delivered! 2 great, comprehensive wins. It was fantastic to see both sides walk off the ground all smiles.
The following day we held our traditional vote count day at the clubrooms. After a few heart starters from a long night before, the count was on. Congratulations to the youngest ever winner of our senior Best & Fairest – Levi King. Club stalwart Shaun Kelly took out the Reserves award, just pipping favourite Andrew Mack.
We definitely have something to look forward to in 2013. We are strong, passionate and committed.
Special thanks to our coaches in Tony Rowe, Mick Harper, Theo Zaharopoulos, Rob Morris and Chris ‘Griz’ Adames. It hasn’t been an easy year, however all of these guys have stuck at it with a great deal of positivity.
We also say a huge thank you to two of our evergreen trainers who are hanging up the boots. Life Member, Geoff Scash and legendary story teller John ‘Penguin’ Parker. Both have been great, loyal volunteers over many years who love our club and look forward to seeing them around the club for a long time to come.
Sue Bach, Chris Barras & Carol Pearce – another sensational season in making sure our club remains on the park. The amount of work these guys do is sublime. We talk about it every year, however, being President and learning the inner workings of the clubs day to day it’s incredible to see what work goes into running a footy club. These 3 in particular are the backbone of our club no question.
Our committee have worked tirelessly. All have contributed greatly. Thank you all for your support, ideas and leg work in making our club a great place to belong.
Enjoy the break and see you all up and about in 2013.
Jon Wilson – President.