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

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 – 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.

Flown the Nest – Brett Little

Name:
Brett Little

When did you play for the Falcons?
2009 – 2015

Position played?
Played everywhere really, back, forward, wing, on ball…

Favourite position?
Wing


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Why did you come down to the Mighty Falcons Nest?
Moved to Melbourne and was looking for a club…

Who were the coaches you have had in your time at the club and can you tell us a bit about each of them?
Nathan Dallas: Great coach and great footballer. We had an amazing group at that time and almost got the job done in 2009.
Paul Shoppee: Had some ripping speeches at the breaks!
Shaun Robinson (2s): Absolute pest!

Can you give us a few of your highlights both on and off the field since being at the club?
On field probably my first year at the club was the best in 2009, played most of the year but unfortunately missed out on finals, closest we’ve been to a flag in my time.
Off the field would have to be the trip to Europe with the boys after 2009 footy trip. Some great times had there!! The other highlight would be Shaun Hayes beating Maunder for the 2009 best & fairest… that was pretty satisfying

What are some of the nicknames you have had during your time at the club, and where did they come from?
Brittle – I did get injured a couple of times, I think Hammo the fool started this one.

Greatest player you have seen (played with) pull on the mighty Red and Blue?
Without a doubt Tom King, he could do it all, took the big marks and kicked a lot of goals.

Greatest Falcons team you have been involved with?
2009 by far.

Greatest victory you have been involved with?
There have been a few good comebacks that spring to mind… 30-40 points down against South Mornington in the 2s and came back for the win, I hit up beamer for the winning goal – he doesn’t usually kick them straight when I hit him up but this time he was on. Similar against Northern Blues we came back from a similar margin

Most memorable player you have played with?
Would be Tom King as I said above, he was a star and made a massive difference to the side when he was in

What would you say were your strengths and weaknesses of your game?
Strength was always the left slipper, weakness was probably fitness at times and ability to stay on the park injury wise.

What are you doing now?
I’m in the Finance team at Mars Confectionery, and occasional umpire for the Falcs!

What is your greatest memory from your time with the Falcons?
Easily the crew that was down at the club through that successful period from 2009… made plenty of lifelong friends through the club during that time

Flown the Nest – Nathan Cattle

Name:
Nathan Cattle

When did you play for the Falcons?
2012 – 2016

Position played?
Utility – Full forward, midfield, half back

Favourite position?
Full forward….. but mostly played half back

 

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Why did you come down to the Mighty Falcons Nest?
I moved over from the west and was working with “The Cu” who brought me down for a kick

Who were the coaches you have had in your time at the club and can you tell us a bit about each of them?
Nath Dallas – sharp blue eyes – good hard player – welcomed me down the club
Oop – good fella with his 2 x side kicks Dog and …. – thought he was going to have a heart attack most games
Payney – bold and vertically challenged – the major liked making us run – also enjoyed a frothie
Alan Sutherland – interesting character – knew his footy

Can you give us a few of your highlights both on and off the field since being at the club?
Timmy More – every training and game I made it too – love that man.

Party Joel had just moved over and wasn’t yet playing for us, he came down and I said I’d kick a goal for him (back in the day when Oop used to swing me forward) – I kicked 3 and pointed to him after – it was really great.

Playing the Blues at their home game – we were on a roll winning a number of games in a row, they were top of the table (from memory), we beat them by less than a kick. The last play was them kicking it into the forward 50 and I spoiled it against their full forward who was supposedly a reasonable player – didn’t get a kick that day – I copped a bit of flack for icing the golden fist after the game

Airlie Beach footy trip.

What are some of the nicknames you have had during your time at the club, and where did they come from?
Cattle, Yards (these ones should be obvious), The Better Cattle (a direct comparison between me and my brother), Legend, Great Man (I’m sure I’ve heard these ones in my direction whilst at the club).

Greatest player you have seen (played with) pull on the mighty Red and Blue?
Bricky…… closely followed by Blizzard (when fit and can see)

Greatest Falcons team you have been involved with?
The year we made the finals under Payney

Greatest victory you have been involved with?
Same year under Payney when we beat the top of the table blues at their home game by less than a straight kick to make a winning streak of I can’t remember how many (maybe 6 or 7?)

Most memorable player you have played with?
Most memorable bloke at the club has to be Timmy More – player prob Milky because he is very annoying (but also a very clean player)

What would you say were your strengths and weaknesses of your game?
Strengths – hard at the footy, reading the play, motivating, man love.
Weaknesses – fitness, body.

What are you doing now?
We have our own business so working a little too much – Didee and I have a young family – unfortunately not too much exercise!

What is your greatest memory from your time with the Falcons?
Great mates, always an inclusive group and playing with some west aussie legends in the same side including the little bro – Smokes, Party Joel, Tyson along with all you other legends

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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 Development Squad

Development Squad coach Sean Lewis reviews the 2017 season…

2017 was a tough year in many aspects but also one of promise for the future of the club. Back in February when I presented to the committee on the upcoming season I stated that the coaches felt we were about 10 players short on the training track when compared to previous years and that rang true with the Development Squad playing short in about half our games across the season. Despite this adversity there is one thing the team could not be accused of and that was playing with pride for the jumper.

We had a tough start to the year in Round 1 with only 19 players and Smokes filling in as coach for me, we suffered a big loss at the hands of Swinburne who had continued their strong form from last year. In Round 2 & 3 we showed our Jekyll & Hyde performances as we came up against Powerhouse in Round 2 and got a great win on the back of some scintillating team football while Round 3 saw us capitulate to South Melbourne which was probably the low of the season for me.

Round 4 saw us play at “Home” on Elsternwick Park and despite a huge team performance we were unable to grab a win as we drew with the Canterbury. Rounds 5 to 9 we difficult as we struggled with numbers and attitude, in this period of the season I felt some players were just going through the motions rather than trying to improve. But out of the Round 9 loss to Point Cook we saw the group dig its heels in and be determined not to let the season ‘just play out’. Round 10 saw us thump South Melbourne and show what we could do when we were able to work together. While in Round 11 with 1 on the bench to start the game and no bench from the 4th minute of the game we fought to the bitter end only to suffer slim defeat against Canterbury. This just continued to show the team’s determination and resolve. Round 12 was no easier coming up against a strong Powerhouse outfit we took the game right to them before 1 bad quarter cost us the game but again we paid the price for missed opportunities with 9 shots at goal to 4 in the first quarter only giving us a 10 point lead and 12 scoring shots to 11 at half time equating to us being behind by 14 points, we were our own worst enemy at times in our conversion and scoreboard pressure and I can sympathise with Ken Hinkley on goal kicking accuracy.

After the final bye round we had a tough little run coming up against the undefeated league leaders in UHS, followed by the dreaded trip to La Trobe and then a visit to 2nd place Richmond Central. This was the point in the season where as a coach I shifted the focus from the scoreboard to our development, knowing that we were struggling for numbers we made the last 6 games about us and our development as a unit. Each game we set ourselves little goals to instil our game plan and skills to get reward out of difficult games. Against UHS-VU it was to generate forward pressure by maintaining the ball in our forward half of the ground for 17min versus our target of 10min in the last quarter with only 1 left on the bench, against La Trobe with just 16 players our goal was to not give in and fight it out by laying 20 tackles a quarter which we beat with around 85 for that game and finally against Richmond Central it was to win the clearances which we did until we lost ‘Party’ Joel to concussion along with Simon Hislop and our bench had evaporated before the game was blown out in the last quarter.

We headed into the last 3 games believing we could win all 3 with the type of footy we had been playing against some top sides, the team’s refusal to give in against the odds was inspiring at times and we certainly gave ourselves plenty of opportunity to win but ultimately little errors, lapses in concentration and effort cost us in every game as we let wins slip between our fingers. Many of the team pushed through injuries late in the year to make sure we could field a side.

Up against Westbourne we were right in the hunt up until the last quarter but we left ourselves too much to do late in the game and again with just 20 players we suffered a key injury (broken leg to Blair Kelly) in the first half before Nate Dunne tore his hammy in the last while Conan & Murph were running around on one leg each pushing through the pain barrier for the team. Next up was Swinburne where we gave a Top 4 side a fair shake and if not for the 2nd quarter we probably would have won. It was just 20minutes of poor football that separated us from the 4th placed side which cost us and allowed them to just keep us at bay.

Our 2nd half of the season has built a strong platform for Season 2018 providing the team sticks together. Continuity is a huge part of success and that success isn’t built in just one season but it take a few years together to build something special. This club (both teams, Seniors & Development Squad) have the ability to push higher up the ladder and challenge for finals as we have shown that we can match the top teams but the limiting factor in the team’s success is player commitment. Success is built through a good culture, hard work on the training track and sacrifice throughout the season to place the team above everything but work and family. This year the culture across the whole club was amazing, you can see that just about every club event had more people than in previous years and the team stuck together after games for a beer which only helped strengthen the bonds and that sort of culture in sticking together is a big component in success but it ultimately requires the commitment, sacrifice and hard work to turn that culture into something great.

Next year will be a huge year for the club as we are on track off the field and have developed a good culture to create success from. The committee will be able to put more time and focus into recruiting to improve the depth across the club so we can look forward to adding a few more to the playing group but maintaining the playing core of the group is the key. If you have mates, work colleagues or brothers who would look better in the red & blue next season please let us know and we can work towards a successful year next year. As for all the players from this year, the club and coaches hope to see you down for pre-season training starting in November (more details to come) ready and raring to go.

I will take the chance to thank Shops & Doddsy as I feel we have done a huge job in creating a positive culture around the club and laid a strong base for the club to build success from in the future. Thanks for all your help, support and guidance over the season, it has been a pleasure working alongside you both and I have learnt so much from you both.

Finally, we get to the hardest part of this review; many of you have asked what my intentions were for next season and unfortunately I have made the very difficult decision to stand down as coach of the Development Squad after 3 years of coaching at the club. As many of you know I have a data analytics venture which is expanding over the next 12 months which will require my time and effort to build, when looking at the juggling act I have done over the season it is unfair to the club for me to continue as I would not be able to put in the work required to coach the team effectively. I have agonised over the decision for about 2 months and safe to say it is one I have made with a very heavy heart especially when I know where the teams and the club are heading. With that said, I will still be around the club and I have indicated to Tyson that I intend to continue on the committee in whatever role he needs me to be in for the club. Any chance I get next season to get down and watch a game I will be there and I can’t wait to see the club march onto success next year.

I won’t get into any specific thank you’s as the list is very long but to everyone who has been a part of my coaching journey at the Falcons whether as a player, coach, committee member or supporter I want to say thank you for your support and guidance, it’s been a real privilege to coach at the Falcons and something that I will carry with me for a long time.

I hope to see you all at the presentation night and we can share a few beers together enjoying a ripping night with a few surprises sure to pop up in the vote count.

Cheers,
Sean Lewis

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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!