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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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Preseason in Review

Paul Shoppee gives his take on how the Falcons are shaping up…

The Pre-season period is nearly over and the real stuff is about to start!

We started Pre-Season in mid November and we have had in excess of 80 players attend training, with nearly 30 new Falcons hitting the track. Unfortunately some of these were just “tyre kickers” but we still have a great influx of quality new Falcons join the nest. This quality is not just to do with their on field ability but they are all men of great character who will only help improve the culture of the club as well.

We have derived great benefit from the camp held in February at the Moorooduc Obstacle course and from the two practice matches against Masala & Lyndhurst. Whilst both practice matches presented some challenges these were overcome with great determination. We were able to see players in different positions and gather some great “nuggets of gold” that we can implement during the season.

Our game style is still a work in practice but improvements were evident in both practice matches. We will be a more aggressive team in offence and a more passionate team in defence. Some new personnel down the spine will strengthen the team overall & provide a great foundation to commence our climb up the ladder.

It is great to have Stu “Disco” Maunder recently join the coaching panel as the Senior Assistant Coach & he is already putting in the work with our midfield group to install structures that we all believe will further improve what was already a strength of our team.

It is also great to have Nick Thurley & Will Ransom as the joint Development Squad coaches & I am excited to see them start out on their coaching careers. They will be faced with the normal challenges that always surface when coaching the Development Squad, but knowing both boys and the fact that they are great clubmen, I am confident that they will overcome the difficulties and also be great support for Stu & myself.

So after a long & hard pre-season we are now a week away from our first match for season 2018 against Aquinas away. They were promoted from D4 after winning the Premiership and will be excited to unfurl their Premiership Flag in front of their supporters.

Let’s ensure that we are wearing the “black hats” this week by being the bad guys & ruin their moment in the sun. Time to go hunting boys!!

Falcons 2018 – Forever Strong.

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New Development Coaches Announced

THE Albert Park Falcons Football & Netball Club are proud to announce the club’s new Development (Reserves) Coaches in Nick Thurley and Will Ransom.

Nick and Will join Senior Coach Paul Shoppee, Senior Assistant Paul Dodd and Head Trainer Tim More as part of the Falcons 2018 Coaching Panel.

Both will continue as playing coaches having been at the club for four (Nick) and nine (Will) years.

Club President Tyson Cattle said it was great to have filled the coaching positions from within.

“It is a great sign we are heading in the right direction when we have two of our own putting their hands up to coach and take on leadership positions at the club,” Tyson said.

“Will and Nick have been great contributors to the club over a number of years, both on and off the field, and I’m sure the playing group will have no issue in supporting them through the season.”

Will and Nick replace former Development Coach, and current committee member, Sean Lewis, who held the position for two years, as well as coaching the Club XVIII side in 2015.

The Falcon’s finished ninth in Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) Division 3 last year, and tenth in Div 3 Reserves.

“We thank Sean for his commitment to the club and the role over his three years, and wish him all the best, although he will still remain involved in the club serving on the committee,” Tyson said.

“We are looking forward to a big season ahead and with some good recruiting, we expect to be a lot stronger on field in 2018.”

*Preseason training has started for the Falcons. If you are interested in joining them please contact Senior Coach Paul Shoppee at coach@albertparkfc.com.au

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Season Review – 2017 Seniors

Falcons senior coach Paul Shoppee reviews the 2017 season… 

Highlights of the season:

  • Winning our First Round 1 match for who knows how long
  • Bricky – Leading goal kicker with 23 goals
  • Jack Amies – Leading tackler with 61 effective tackles in the last 12 games
  • Tyson Cattle – Most tackles in a match with 14 against Swinburne Round 17
  • Josh Beets – Most goals kicked in a game with 5 against Westbourne in Round 16
  • Josh Beets – Most goals conceded in a game with 11 against Richmond
  • Josh Beets – Failing to respond to friend requests on Facebook from the Coaches daughter’s
  • Snowy & Jack Amies were the only players to play every game for the season
  • Thush Shrimpton– Attended 66 of the 72 training session including pre-Christmas & Pre-Season
  • Davide Concilia – Worst taste in music

Overall 

Based on pure win & losses we have had a disappointing year after the encouraging performances early in the season. We lost 3 games by < 10 points & 5 games by < 4 goals including to Powerhouse & UHS-VU who finished clear 1st & 2nd on the ladder.

At the beginning of the season we focussed on what we saw as a big weakness in our game from last season and that was stoppages. A big thank you to Heath Wallace who provided us with videos and insights through his connection with North Melbourne & to Doddsy who worked tirelessly with the mids all season. Over the last 12 rounds of the season we won the centre clearances in 10 of those games and general stoppages in 8 of those games.

We will continue working on this aspect of the game to keep ourselves as one of the best clearance teams in the division, but given the solid foundation laid this season we can now allocate more time on our defensive structures and ball movement over the coming pre-season.

It is always good to benchmark yourself against the best to see how far away you actually are. This may become a little confusing but stay with me.

Looking at our scoring for and against for the season and comparing this to Powerhouse who finished on top of the ladder, the following is discovered:

We scored 513 pts less and conceded 461 pts more than Powerhouse.

Over 18 rounds this is 28.5 pts less per game scored & 25.6 pts more per game conceded

Bringing it back to 1 quarter that is 7 pts less per quarter scored and 6.4 pts more conceded

This is basically one turnover per quarter where we turn the footy over in our forward line and the opposition goes down & scores a goal.

Now if we were able to kick 1 goal more per quarter and concede 1 goal less per quarter over the season we would have turned a 4 win – 14 loss season into 14 wins and 4 losses and 3rd place on the ladder.

This small improvement in offense and defence is not overly difficult to obtain if we are prepared to do the work over the pre-season.

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 winners & to continue to build on the improved culture and feeling around the club that has been developed throughout the season. I will also keep my thanks you for that nights as well.

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 2018.

We are all responsible for recruitment for next season so if you have any prospects for me to contact please email their details to me via coach@albertparkfc.com.au or shops1967@yahoo.com.au or you can text me the details to 0402 126 217.

I implore all players to really commit to being back next season. The platform has been set and the hard work continues so we can build towards achieving the ultimate success we all crave.

Cheers,
Paul Shoppee

One Team, One Dream!

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2017 – Football Preseason Underway

2017 – Preseason Monday & Wednesdays 6.30 PM – Beaurepaires Pavilion, Oval 20, Aughtie Drive, Albert Park.

Get down to Preseason with the Albert Park ‘ Falcons’ Football & Netball Club.

Are you carrying a few extra kg after Christmas and New Years?
Have you just moved to Melbourne and looking for a new club?
Do you want to be involved with a Community Club with a great Social Atmosphere?
Get down to the Falcons for season 2017.

There are plenty of things happening both on and off the field to make season 2017 a huge success.

We look forward to seeing you all down at the ‘Nest’.

#soaringtosuccess

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Sponsor a Falcon today!

For Season 2017 we are asking all players to assist us in obtaining ongoing support from local businesses and/or families and friends.
Your contribution will go a long way to ensure the Albert Park Football & Netball Club continues to operate as a community HUB for local players, members and loyal supporters.  As an active sponsor of the club, you will be welcomed into the Falcon ‘Nest’ where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoyment the Family Friendly atmosphere and spectacle that is the Albert Park Falcons.

We look forward to your support for Season 2017.

The 2017 Player Sponsorship Packages are outlined below.

Tier 1 – Player Sponsorship Cost: $500.00
Pick out one of your favourite players, or a friend or family member in the team. Support them, and promote your business and/or family name.
Package Benefits
1 X Framed sponsored player and company/family name in club room
1 X Framed sponsored player and company/family name for you to display at your business or home
Recognition of sponsorship in falcons emails
Business Exposure on falcons website and social media pages
1 X Club Social Membership Package
1 X Entry in Reverse Raffle ($2,000.00 Draw)
Hospitality
2 X Ticket to Sponsors Day Function
Invitation to all 2017 APFNC Major functions
Tier 2 – Player Sponsorship Cost: $250.00
Pick out one of your favourite players, or a friend or family member in the team.   Support them, and promote your business and/or family name.
Package Benefits
1 X Framed sponsored player and company/family name in club room
Recognition of sponsorship in falcons emails
Business Exposure on falcons website and social media pages
1 X Club Social Membership Package
Hospitality
2 X Ticket to Sponsors Day Function
Invitation to all 2017 APFNC Major functions
Tier 3 – Player Sponsorship Cost: $125.00
Pick out one of your favourite players, or a friend or family member in the team.   Support them, and promote your business and/or family name.
Package Benefits
1 X Framed sponsored player and company/family name in club room
Recognition of sponsorship in falcons emails
Business Exposure on falcons website and social media pages
Hospitality
Invitation to all 2017 APFNC Major functions
  • Purchase your player sponsorship here:
    Download Player Sponsor Form Here
    We thankyou for your support and look forward to seeing you down at the Nest for Season 2017.