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Women’s Footy FAQs

Thinking of joining? We welcome all skill levels! Read more below…

  1. What days and times will the games be? What days do you train?

Game fixtures are yet to be confirmed by the VAFA, most likely Saturday mornings. 2018 preseason training sessions will be run weekly every Monday night at Oval 20 Albert Park and in the new year training will occur twice a week (nights TBC).

  1. How much will it cost?

For the inaugural team, 2019 season fees will be at a discounted rate of $300 per player

  1. Do I need to have played before? What level of experience and fitness do I need?

No experience necessary, if you are interested we welcome you to come down and give it a go. There are many who are trying it for the first time, others that have played before and some seeking to learn a new skill.

  1. What do we wear?

For preseason training your usual active wear and sneakers are suitable. Next year we will discuss further the boots required and providing Falcons uniforms and apparel.

  1. When does the season start? How long does it go for?

The season will start in April 2019, the specific dates are yet to be confirmed by the VAFA. We will know by early 2019. The season will run up until July, with finals in August 2019.

  1. What is the club culture like?

The Albert Park Falcons is a club with a rich history and a very exciting future. Each year the social calendar is packed with formal and casual events. The club’s combination of the 2 men’s footy teams, 2 women’s netball teams and the Masters means there is a little for everyone socially. We are a club that is fortunate enough to have great facilities and lasting friendships on and off the field. Everyone at the club is incredibly excited for the opportunity the women’s footy team will bring to our club.

  1. What does the club provide for injury management?

The club will provide a Trainer who will run injury prevention sessions and injury prevention techniques. The Trainer will also be present during all games should they be required.

Please contact Dee Kinsella if you’re interested!

0476 043 329
womens@albertparkfc.com.au

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Falcons Announce New Senior Coach

The Albert Park Falcons Football & Netball Club has announced its new Senior Coach for the upcoming 2019 season in David Jenkins.

Mr Jenkins, who has played recently at North Shore Football Club and at Fish Creek, will be a playing coach and brings with him a strong enthusiasm and commitment as the club aims to win its first ever senior flag.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and can’t wait to get into preseason,” He said.

“I’m really excited for the year ahead and with the game style I’m bringing to the club I’m hoping we’re going to be competitive.”

The Falcons were relegated after winning just one game in 2018 and finished ninth on VAFA Division 3 ladder.

The Falcons were established in 1954, formerly as the ANZ Bank, and have won four reserves flags in its history, but a senior flag has yet to make its way to Beaurepaire Pavilion in Albert Park.

“That is a major driver for us,” Club President Tyson Cattle said.

“For the football department, for the committee and for the playing group – everybody is keen to get into preseason and have a real crack in 2019.

“We are excited to announce the appointment of David and we are confident he can bring enthusiasm, organisation and motivation to the playing group, as well as assist us in player recruitment.”

The committee made the decision to pursue a player-coach in 2019 following from a disappointing 2018 campaign, but Mr Cattle said it was onwards and upwards for the Falcons.

“There is a real buzz around the club at the moment,” he said.

“A new senior coach, an inaugural women’s team and the inclusion of the Melbourne Masters Football Club at our facilities, as well as financial stability within the club, has really energised the entire club.

“We are excited for 2019.”

2018 President’s Report

President Tyson Cattle reviews the 2018 Falcons season…

The year 2018 will be known as a year the club made significant steps in the right direction to a stronger and more stable future.

The club has done a significant amount of work with the women’s team, masters club and with a potential relocation to position itself to continue to grow.

After a year of rebuilding some stability in 2017, the club now has a focus on growth and opportunity.

On behalf of the club, I would like to thank the sponsors for the 2018 season. Without the generous support from all of these organisations and the support from the community, the club would not have been able to achieve what it has.

Republica,
College lawn,
Kustom Timber,
Modtech Group,
Engine Property Group,
Greg Hocking Real Estate,
Highview Accounting,
Cleaning Melbourne,
Facility Management 1,
Anytime Fitness,
The Little Caravan Company,
Lewis Grant Builders,
Amida Recruitment,
The Space Agency,
Neils Meats, and
Krispy Kreme,

Along with all the other various player sponsors and generous support we have had.

Next, I would like to thank the Netball club and all the participants in particular Dee Kinsella, who has done an enormous amount of work on the committee and been a major part of bringing the netball and football club together, as well as being a key driver for the women’s football team.

The canteen again has been tremendous, and the way the netballers have embraced it and really got behind the footballers has been awesome as well as the support for the events throughout the year.
The next I would like to thank is our support staff around the club – Micky Allan, Brett Little, Trent Smoker, Adam Tumble – you have done an amazing job throughout the year and again – without the help from you all on matchday – it would be a tough ask for the club.

I would like to thank the football department Timmy More, Nick Thurley, Will Ransom, Stuart Maunder and of course, Paul Shoppee.

I thank all the coaching staff for the way they carried themselves and worked together throughout the year albeit with some difficult on-field results.

I would also like to thank Neville ‘Birdie’ Pearson and Bill ‘Jet’ Jackson again for the huge amount of support we have had from them throughout the year. It is great to have you all involved.
I would like to thank the committee – Timmy Barnett, Nick Percy, Brodie Matheson, James Allen, Lucas Gniel, Dearne Kinsella, Sean Lewis, along with the support of our advisors of Gregg Amies, Tim More and Tristan Tiller.
The committee has held strong in its goals throughout the year and I think that is reflected in the financial and cultural results of the club throughout the year.

I thank all of you for putting in your own time to work and help the club.
Finally I would like to thank the players and supporters. I’m looking forward to next year and continuing to build the club to a stronger future.

Go Falcons!

Tyson Cattle
Albert Park Falcons Football & Netball Club president

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Falcons Positions Available for Season 2019

Senior Coach (Playing / Non-Playing)

2x Assistant Coach (Playing / Non-Playing)
Reserves Coach

Inaugural Women’s Team Coach

Assistant Women’s Team Coach

3x Trainers (Men’s/Women’s)

Team Manager (Men’s)

The Albert Park Football & Netball Club (APFNC), affiliated with the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA), invites applications for the positions above for season 2019.

Joining Division 4, APFNC is entering an exciting growth period in 2019 with the clubs off-field performance going from strength to strength.

The club is looking to re-establish itself on the field with the appointment of new Football Department staff.

The club will see substantial growth in Season 2019 with the addition of a Woman’s team and a new partnership with an established Masters Club.

The club is looking to build on this momentum and return to Division 3 and build the foundation for successful teams across all grades.

The successful candidates will be required to;

  • Develop and lead the football strategy for the club
  • Develop and implement training plans and match day strategies
  • Develop and implement pre-season program
  • Attend all training sessions, games and preseason

 

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Enthusiastic and approachable personality
  • Ability to attract/retain players to the club
  • Assist the club in attracting new sponsors and partnerships
  • Enhance the skill development of all players
  • Work closely with all members of the football department to implement the football strategy and development of the club.
  • Desire and passion to Win.
  • Willingness to promote a positive club culture.
  • Level 2 coaching certificate or willingness to obtain
  • Previous coaching experience is not required for the right candidate with the right attitude and direction.

 

In return the right candidate will receive

  • Remuneration for their time and commitment
  • Development and support to achieve coaching goals. Coaching courses/certifications etc.
  • The opportunity to take control of the on-field direction and strategy of the club and implement
  • An Excellent opportunity to get your foot in the door in a club rebuilding its on-field football structure.

Any questions relating to this position can be submitted to the below email address or alternative, please call club president Tyson Cattle on 0427 500 618 for further clarification.

Applications should be submitted to president@albertparkfc.com.au by Friday, October 5.

All applications received will be handled confidentially.

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Season Review – 2018 Netball

Netball Manager Dearne Kinsella reviews how the girls went this year…

What went well

  • Tuesday night team – the ladies really started to gel well half way through the season. Moving the ball well down the court and bringing an invigorated level of energy, contesting every loose ball. The pinnacle was winning the Division 3 Premiership which was definitely in part due to some off the court bonding at a winery tour but also some consistently good performers across the court. We have a good set of versatile players that can play in different positions when called upon – particularly Nat Quick and Kate Mackie who play exceptionally well all over the court.
  • Wednesday night team – after meeting for the first time at our first training sessions together – we knew we would have an enthusiastic bunch. The ladies were involved and supported the club on and off the court. We quickly established strong shooting, defence and mid court combinations. We continued to work on our movement on the ball over several training sessions across the season. Making it to finals after just a season together is testament to the ladies dedication each week.

 

What didn’t work

  • For both teams we need to work on getting some set plays so that we can rely on each other a bit more in certain situations.
  • Passing always needs to be harder, faster and more in front of their defence.
  • Versatility across the court is important and we will work on this in the coming season so we don’t need to rely on a few key players to be there to perform well.

 

Highlights

  • Socially the winery tour was a real highlight. Sharing laughs, getting to know each other better off the court and of course enjoying fine wine really went a long way for the performance on the court. Bringing both teams together really helped with fill ins week to week as well.
  • Obviously the Premiership! The winery tour was the turning point of the season for the Tuesday girls, going undefeated for the second half of the season to take out the premiership was outstanding.
  • Making finals for Wednesday night – as mentioned above most teams playing together for the first time often take a few seasons to gel, but we really came together mainly due to the ladies commitment and enthusiasm each week. It was also so nice to see the laughs on the court from game one.
  • Getting to know a new group of ladies socially at the club’s events and at the canteen was a real highlight. Many knew each other from work beforehand and are now even closer friends after having fun on and off the court. From fancy dress at the launch night, to laughs at the trivia, dancefloor fun at the auction night and cupcake scoffing at Ladies Day – this year had a little for everyone.

Lowlights

  • Injuries – we had a few of our amazing fill ins get badly injured this season. They are the legends who help us out when the team is away or can’t make games and its really unfortunate when we have to carry them off court.

Funny moments

  • Canteen – the amount of laughs would be immeasurable – we tried new equipment, we melted that equipment in the hotdog cooker (Cate…), we implemented little process improvements, we tried new products like popcorn and soup (still dumbfounded as to why it wasn’t a top-seller!). Then there was the gossip and personal catch ups behind the counter – canteen crew for life!
  • Social events – filming for the auction night (Falcons Burning Questions) was great fun, the ladies really enjoy being a part of the club comradery

What stood out

  • Helping each other out – the support the ladies showed this year with organising players, canteen and social events was a huge stand out – particularly Lucy (who always stands in and steps up at any opportunity), Cate and Ellie who undoubtedly are the enthusiasm that keeps us going each week, and to Bec and Tahlia who continue to put their hand up to assist.

Women’s footy

  • There is a lot of excitement building and already some great friendships forming. Kicking it off (pun intended) with the first training session the ladies can’t wait to get back out there for another kick. Socially there has been team dinners, coffee meetings, ladies day madness to get the ideas flowing and plenty more to come over the next few months. Next year’s season is shaping up to be a promising one and we all can’t wait, with new players joining the group weekly. Momentum is well and truly building. Bring on some summer winery tours and AFL 9’s fun times.

Can’t wait to win more Falcon premierships!!

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Season Review – 2018 Development Squad

Development Squad player-coach Nick Thurley reviews the 2018 season…

The Reserves season of 2018 could best be described as ‘up and down like Storphs undies.’

We began our journey at Aquinas College in April in a match where a team that we managed to somehow throw together with a mixture of mates, family, employees and a few randoms that Jacko found at the pub, went down convincingly by 111 points.

The next month was a similar story as we lost three of the next four by 109, 126 and 35. We did manage to pull out an unexpected victory against Canterbury, thanks to the assistance of club legends Dan Lyne, Fluff and Boyd and the addition of former Rugby great Charlie Sullivan.

It’s said that the night is darkest before the dawn, and our turning point came in round 6 against a battling La Trobe with an 86-point victory.

As our self-belief grew, and buoyed by the enticement of victory beers, we carried on the winning form scratching out 5 and 4-point wins against Swinburne and Richmond respectively.

Sensing a potential of becoming more than just a bunch of drunks who play footy together we carried on our rich vein of form. 7 wins came from the next 9 outings.

More notably these included a 162-point drubbing of La Trobe, a 66-point victory over Hawthorn who had beaten us by 126 in round 4 and a 32-point win over minor premiers Glen Eira who took it as Glen Eira do, poorly.

Due to our poor start to the season our finals hopes came down to the final round and it was a simple equation. Between us and Westbourne the winner played finals and the loser got to wear fancy dress and do bad things for the rest of the weekend.

Unfortunately we were unable to carry on our 7 game winning streak, and even though we never gave in, we just weren’t able to keep up with the Warriors as we went down by 28 points.

The coaches would like to give a big thank you to a few people; Webby, for all your help on the boundary, would have been double if you’d made it on time.

Jacko, for (shhh shhh) being our number one recruiter and all round good bloke.

Shops and Disco, for the ongoing support especially at the pointy end of the season.

Tyson, Lucas and the committee, as above. And for ignoring the unusual uniform distribution…

Timmy and Adam, for strapping Wills knee every week even though there was nothing wrong with it.

Shops Sr, solid 80th year on this earth and behind the goals mate!

Mick, Smokes and Brittle, for umpiring and maybe turning a blind eye sometimes?

Dee and the girls, for looking after the canteen.

The supporters, there weren’t too many of you but we hope we did you proud.

And of course, a huge thanks to the entire team and everyone who gave us a chop out throughout the year. We had a total of 74 different players strap on the boots for us this season. They sacrificed shifts at work and time with family, holidays, some travelled over an hour to games and our job just wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of every one of them.

We copped a lot this season for being everything from thugs to cheats to seniors playing down. In reality we were nothing but a bunch of blokes who loved a beer and social footy, and we did those things pretty well.

Hope to see you all again next year. We may find ourselves in Div 4 but we have our songs.

*Who was the Silly Sunday Flusher? We need to shut the gate on that one!

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Season Review – 2018 Seniors

Falcons senior coach Paul Shoppee reviews the 2018 season… 

After a long, tough season the scoreboard has been reset and as a club we can now look forward to a break to recharge and refresh before the hard work commences again.

This season presented ongoing challenges from the normal interruption with the Grand Prix leaving us with having to share a ground each Wednesday night seriously disrupting our preparation for the season, ongoing poor training attendance over the pre-season and season proper, struggle to field a Development Squad side for the majority of the season, season ending injuries to several players, work commitments & players taking holidays during the season seriously testing our player reserves.

Over pre-season we had 80 current & new players attend training. However, only 7 players attended more than 80% of the sessions, 10 players attend more than 75% and a disappointing 20 players attend less than 50%. That is less than 1 side having completed 50% of the sessions!!

Over both the pre-season and season proper we had 100 players attend training. However, from these 100 players only 22 players completed more than 50% of the session. From this 22 it included 1 player who left for family reason at the mid-point of the season (Kirk) and 1 player whose season finished in Round 7 (Chris Marson). 2 players never played a game all season (Sam Gleeson & Sunny) and 5 players who were regular Development Squad players at the start of the season but who got a taste of senior footy late in the season.

We used 47 players in the Seniors this season, with Jack Twite the only player to play every game, ironically suffering a broken collarbone in the last game. (Have a speedy recovery Twitey). From this list of 47 players, we had a combined total of 162 games missed due to injury, suspension, work and holidays.

However, after facing all these and other challengers we are still standing as a club. This is a testament to the character of the club to keep stepping up, something that has always been evident in my time at the club.

Highlights of the season were:
1) Having our first Women’s training session on the last training night. The feeling at the club that night was simply amazing!! The work that Tyson, Dee and the committee are doing to get a Women’s team off the ground is to be greatly acknowledged and applauded. This can only be a major positive for the club heading into the future.
2) The arrival of new recruits both in the pre-season and during the season that with a full pre-season under their belt will only improve our playing depth.
3) Adversity creates opportunity and we have been able to give several young and inexperienced players an exposure to senior footy over the season. I believe that this will hold them and the club in good stead. The challenge to these boys is to now commit to completing a strong pre-season to build on the improvements they have shown this year.
4) The Development Squad making a strong charge towards the finals but unfortunately falling at the final hurdle. The success they were having was vital in keeping the morale up around the club.
The upcoming Presentation Night is when we recognise individual achievements over the season. Please make every effort to attend on the night to congratulate the award winners.

The journey to success never ends, we have the next couple of months to recharge our batteries, enjoy the end of season trips, AFL Final Series and Spring Racing carnival before we reconvene to begin the work towards 2019.

I implore all players to really commit to being back next season. There have been comments of players really committing to next season, past players coming back after having a season off and new recruits already lined up. These are all really positive and great to hear but unless they are followed up with actions then they are just hollow words.

By being demoted to Division 4 next year, this presents an opportunity for the club to regroup and gather ourselves up to chase some real success on and off the field. But we can’t be complacent in thinking that we are going to dominate in a lower division.

So plan your holidays out of season, come to the first night of pre-season training in the best condition you have ever been in, if in the past you normally start training after Christmas change your thinking and get down for the full pre-season.

Division 4 is the hardest division in the VAFA to get out of so we need to really make the commitment to each other to give everything we can to returning our Club to Division 3 in 2020.

Cheers,
Shops

Falcons – Forever Strong

Flown the Nest – Brendan Lonergan

Name:
Brendan Lonergan

When did you play for the Falcons?
2016 – 2017

Position played?
2016, mainly in the middle. 2017, mainly on the bench with Lucas.

Favourite position?
Wing
 


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Why did you come down to the Mighty Falcons Nest?
Close to home at the time and I thought someone with my unique talent and explosive pace would dominate VAFA Div 3.

Who were the coaches you have had in your time at the club and can you tell us a bit about each of them?
2016 Alan Sutherland – He loved to spray the playing group. His expectations didn’t meet our abilities though.
2017 Shoppes – Most passionate Falcon without a doubt. He did love a pre-game talk and although I was listening to shoppes during the pre-game talks, I would  enjoy staring at Gatesy and seeing the regret in his eyes as he would ponder the 15 pints he had the night before and question why he played footy every Saturday. (I would also just admire those blonde curls)

Can you give us a few of your highlights both on and off the field since being at the club?
On field highlights – any game I played with Thurls.
Off field – Milo with Thurls

What are some of the nicknames you have had during your time at the club, and where did they come from?
Brendo & Lonners

Greatest player you have seen (played with) pull on the mighty Red and Blue?
Wheels

Greatest Falcons team you have been involved with?
2016

Greatest victory you have been involved with?
2016 final round, beating UHS-VU. Great end to the year and it should have been the end to my illustrious career too.

Most memorable player you have played with?
Brodes – never seen a bloke adjust their fringe as much as he did. Rain hail or shine that fringe had to be right!

What would you say were your strengths and weaknesses of your game?
Strengths – Hard to talk about myself to be honest. But I think it would be fair to say I had the best right leg at the club the two years I was there.
Weakness – Passion, weight and hairline.

What are you doing now?
SFA (Sweet F*** All for those playing at home)

What is your greatest memory from your time with the Falcons?
2017 Silly Sunday

Flown the Nest – Joel McCreery

Name:
Joel McCreery

When did you play for the Falcons?
2014 – 2017

Position played?
Midfield or forward

Favourite position?
Midfield getting leather poisoning.
 


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Why did you come down to the Mighty Falcons Nest?
Fellow West Aussies were at the club and mentioned they needed some big-bodied midfielders.

Who were the coaches you have had in your time at the club and can you tell us a bit about each of them?
Payney – Wasn’t happy unless he was angry. Got the most out of us.
Robbo – Inspirational pep talk
Shmerls – Never forget the Flying V… Ducks fly together??
Seany – lead from the front, especially when on field…briefly

Can you give us a few of your highlights both on and off the field since being at the club?
Bagging 5 goals in a half at oval 20.

What are some of the nicknames you have had during your time at the club, and where did they come from?
Party Joel. Shit story in my opinion, ask Smoker

Greatest player you have seen (played with) pull on the mighty Red and Blue?
Bricky, can play the kid

Greatest Falcons team you have been involved with?
2014, I think we actually made finals.

Greatest victory you have been involved with?
2014 win over Northern Blues in Preston

Most memorable player you have played with?
Disco… I’ve never seen someone get injured so easily

What would you say were your strengths and weaknesses of your game?
Not many strengths at all, too many weaknesses to mention.

What are you doing now?
Back in WA, playing for the mighty Kalannie Bulldogs

What is your greatest memory from your time with the Falcons?
Many a late night/early morning at oval 20 or meeting Huey from “Huey’s Cooking Adventures” on mad Monday

Flown the Nest – Shaun Robinson

Name:
Shaun “Robbo” Robinson

When did you play for the Falcons?
Started in 2002. Continued till early 2005 before heading to the UK. Came back to the Falcs in 2009. Retired in 2016. Coached the Reserves from 2012 to 2014.

Position played?
Back Pocket.

Favourite position?
 That’s a bit personal.
 


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Why did you come down?
Mates from college we’re playing there, I went to a party and got bombarded by Falcons so I didn’t really have a choice.

Tell us a bit about your coaches?
Had plenty. Horse Ahern was a brilliant motivator and you’d run through shellfire if he told you to. One of my two favourite coaches of my sporting life. Could have had success at much higher levels without a doubt.
Shops was responsible for moving me from Wing to Back Pocket and showed a lot of faith.
Pete Smith was a champion bloke and a gutsy and courageous leader and a favourite teammate of mine.
Nathan Dallas took the club to another level in terms of training and a more professional approach. And those eyes, Jesus he’s a good looking bloke.

On field highlights?
Playing finals was always amazing, as we played on VFL grounds like Kramer Street and Box Hill City Oval. Wins over Werribee Districts away and finals in 2002 and 2003 were awesome. I also loved floating down from the back pocket and sneaking the odd goal.

Off-field highlights?
Mad Monday’s on Bay Street and the house party at mine in 2003 where we drained two kegs rate highly. After game festivities at the Marquee Club starring Chambo, Payney, Cheetah and Shmozzle we’re pretty special in their own right.

Nicknames?
Robbo and Little Robbo. Craig Roberton at Full Back got seniority due to his larger stature and one eyebrow.

Greatest Players?

Andre Domingo was a contested ball animal and his injury in 2002 cost us the double-chance.
Nathan Dallas was a class above. A bit like Scott Pendlebury, time stood still when Dallas had the pill. Could be the speed, the skills or those bloody eyes. Absolutely mesmerising in everything he did.
Rex McClennan was my backline buddy and an absolute rock. Could take a small if he had to, but beautiful skills for a key defender and made his own beer. Champion.
But for consistency of performance, importance to the team and dedication to his craft I can’t go past Sean Allen. I loved running down the crowd and hitting Slugger on the tit or sitting it up and watching him out-mark three taller opponents. Hands like a vice and the bloke I’d want kicking a goal in the boundary to save my life.

Greatest team you were involved with?
2002 and 2003 senior team was the best side I played in. 2002 we lost the Prelim by 7 points. Gave them a six goal head start and fell just short. 2003 we lost Chambo, Slugger and Big Robbo before half time. Devastating. Both games still haunt me. Winning a flag with that group would have been amazing.

Greatest victory?
Round 1 2010, our first game in D3 under Nath Dallas. 5 goals down against Ivanhoe and we got over the line. My first game with my great mate Tommy King too. I even hit him laces out for him to slit one late in the game to get us within a kick. 2002 1st Semi vs North Brunswick. We lost home and away to them but we were ten goals up at half time. Horse put on some tags and we got all the key moves right. They were assholes so that was a special day in the September sun at Kramer Street.

Most memorable player?
I’ll never forget Sean Allen’s 115 odd goals in about 17 games in 2003. Amazing to be in a team with a player who was so dominant.

Strengths and weaknesses?
I was very quick, fit and had nice foot skills, which suited my role in taking the opposition resting rovers. They’d want a breather but I’d take off as soon as we won possession. Greatest weakness was my skinny, horrible frame. Knocked off the ball too easily, especially in practise matches when I came into contact with Handsome’s massive ass.

What are you doing now?
Financial Controller at VSA Group, a Road Surfacing business working through regional Victoria.

Greatest memory?
Qualifying Final at Box Hill City Oval in 2003. My housemate Harps was the senior ruckman and he kicked a goal, then reminded me that we now all square in our personal battle of 3 goals each for the year. A little while later I managed to sneak forward and got a ball squared to me about 30 out and I slotted it home. Ran past Harps and corrected him that it was now 4-3 to me. I won, but unfortunately Jake Allen smacked a bloke and got sent off, so we lost by a couple of goals.