Wow, a day for the club on Sunday. Our Division 2 girls held off a strong finish by the Penrith Rams to win our inaugural Women’s premiership Cup by 2 points. We opened the game very strongly, dominating possession and scoring in the first half. Our defence held well when Penrith made some positional changes and came out with a charge in the second half, scoring a goal within 15 seconds of the start. It was a fantastic game of football. Sophia Wall won the best on ground in the final to add to her premiership medal. Well done girls, outstanding.It was especially pleasing to see how many of our club showed up in support of the girls. A comment was made that Pennant Hills has bought community football back to AFL Sydney. It is a strong part of our culture that we should all be proud of. Thank you to all those who attended.
Although we would agree a below-par season on the field for the club, we have polled extremely well in AFL Sydney. I am very pleased to announce that:
- Stephen Wray was an equal winner of the Phelan Medal for the best player in AFL Sydney Premier Division Men.
- Theo Moraitis was named in the forward pocket in the AFL Sydney Men’s Team of The Year
- Michael Carroll was named in the back pocket in the AFL Sydney Men’s Team of The Year
- Stephen Waray was named at half-back flank in the AFL Sydney Men’s Team of The Year
- Eleanor Rugg was named the full-back in the AFL Sydney Women’s Team of the Year.
These achievements are obviously immense and reflect very highly on the players and their coaches and support staff at the club. Well done to all.
I am also pleased to announce that after meeting with Mark McVeigh this week, he has committed to working with Ben Roberts throughout our preseason. He will assist in teaching and training our game plan. Also, he will be conducting leadership development sessions for our club leadership groups. We look forward to having such a high-level AFL coach continue his involvement with the club.
With some help from Oliver Williams and Stewart Woodward, the shelving is up in our storage facility. This has certainly made for an awesome amount of storage space for our equipment. Our game day equipment is now better secured with Terry Donohue having put caging around the under-verandah storage area to stop the local kids from getting into it. Unfortunately, we have suffered vandalism to the golf cart that will require repairs.
There have been delays in the start of construction of stage 2. I have a meeting with Council on Monday morning and will get a status update.
AFL Grand Final Day
24th September at the club rooms and lower oval. We will have a family day with food and fun. Who is the club’s fastest 100m sprinter and longest kick? Sweeps for Norm Smith medallist, first goal scorer etc. It will be a fun day not to be missed.
Sunday 30th October at the clubrooms. Celebrate our season that was and our best of the best. Trophies will be presented, and fun will be had.
Annual General Meeting
The club’s AGM will be held at the clubrooms on Monday the 12th of December. I thank all who have had input to the running of the club this season. Please consider if you would like to input to the direction of the club and be on the committee. We need as many hands as possible to achieve our goals. All positions will be opened including:
- Vice President
- Head of Football Operations
- Operations Manger
- Governance Manger
- Commercial Manager
- Events Subcommittee
- Merchandise Sub Committee
Reach out and I will be happy to provide a job description for anyone interested.
Good For Footy Raffle
The Good for Footy Raffle has now closed. Thank you to those who purchased tickets. Good luck, I hope that you win a car.
Todd Williams – Pennant Hills AFL Club President