|Season 2022 was the first full season of football after two seasons impacted by the COVID pandemic. It was great to see people back out and about and have a full season of football. There were still some confidence issues from COVID that impacted the club. These were:
- A drop in registrations due to fear of potential impact to the season again, and
- A lack of corporate confidence reflected in sponsorship being down.
Both these had an impact on income at the club. This forced a sharp focus on what revenue we had and where we should use it. The audited accounts for the season will shed light on income and expenditure for the season. This report will highlight the major areas of work of the club for Season 2022.
The highlight of football for Season 2022 was our Women’s division 2 team winning the Premiership. Well done to the girls and their coaching group. This was the first-ever Women’s premiership for the club. I wish to single out Jed Corbett, the team coach, for his great work and Mark Carroll for the untiring, selfless work he does for Women’s football at the club.
Otherwise, on the field, it could be said to be a below-par season for the club. The only other team to make finals was the Men’s Premier Reserve Grade. Unfortunately, they were rolled out in round 2 of the finals by the eventual premiers, St George. Although disappointing for all, I thank David Pinker for his excellent work with this group.
After 10 years as the Premier Division coach, Chris Yard stepped down at the end of Season 2021. His assistant coach, Ben Roberts, stepped up to be the Premier Division and Club coach. Ben brought a new game plan and a new philosophy of development to the club. The number of players through the Premier and Reserve grade teams reflects the enhanced focus on development at the club. I believe this development is positioning us better for future success at the Demons.
This season we were able to provide a Player Development and a Coaching Development program. External providers were engaged to provide higher-level development. This included Mark McVeigh (Ex Pennant Hills players, Essendon Great and GWS Head Coach), Condor Performance (Sports Psychologist), Andrew Miedler (Blanchard International – leadership development), Carlingford Active Health (Physiotherapy) and CSP (Strength and Conditioning). There were also skills, tactics and nutrition instruction provided.
We also recognised the need to run a thorough player welfare program as we all emerged from the COVID isolation. We are thankful to Gotcha4 Life and Tomorrow Man and Tomorrow Woman for the delivery of these sessions.
I am very grateful for our sponsors for Season 2022 that allowed us to deliver the above programs and provide coaches, equipment etc, to put teams on the field each week. Thank you to our Major Sponsors, Pennant Hills Toyota and Ritera Electrical. Also, thank you to Eylex Pty Ltd, SDS Security, West Pennant Hills Sports Club, Peter Kelly Flooring (PKF), Cosmo Coffee and Good Drinks. Without these sponsors, we could not be the successful community club we are.
Todd Williams – Pennant Hills AFL Club President