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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.”

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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

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Falcons launch women’s team for 2019

THE Albert Park Falcons are proud to announce the club will be launching a women’s team for the 2019 season.

Albert Park Football & Netball Club president Tyson Cattle said it would be a great addition to club.

“Having a women’s team will allow us to expand our offering as a club,” Mr Cattle said.

“The committee is dedicated to continue to grow the club and a women’s team is a natural progression.”

The Falcons already have two senior men’s teams and two women’s netball teams, who play on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, which could grow to three netball teams early next year.

Mr Cattle said that it was obvious AFLW was continuing to grow in popularity and showed no sign of slowing down.

“We understand that surrounding clubs in the Albert Park area also have women’s football teams and they are going very well,” he said.

“We believe there is a still a large pool of players in the local area who are looking for a club and keen to have a kick, and we would encourage them to come down to the Falcons.”

The Albert Park Falcons will be holding an information session 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 27, at the club’s home ground of Oval 20, Beaurepaire Pavilion, Aughtie Drive, Albert Park.

Food and drinks will be provided.

If you have any questions about the team and are keen to be involved, please come down to the information night, or email womens@albertparkfc.com.au

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