In 2014 I was again pleased to be part of the committed Board and group of volunteers at GDFC that is working hard to ensure the Club’s success both on and off the field. This year it was a balance of making sure the Club presents itself strongly, and operates as effectively as possible, while also remaining committed to a long term vision for what this Club can become in the next few years and well into the future.
GDFC entered the 2014 season having recently signed a new 10 year licence with AFLTas to play Senior’s and Development League teams in the TSL competition. We were hoping for a settled period during which the competition would grow in profile, popularity and support. Over the summer we saw the departure of South Launceston, North Hobart and Hobart - all great Clubs - with three new Clubs Hobart City, the Kingborough Tigers and Western Storm being created or emerging to join the competition.
It was a year of rebuilding for us. While at the end of 2013 there were players coming to the end of their careers who chose to leave, we were able to draw upon the last few seasons of junior development and welcome some new young faces to senior’s football at the Club, and we had a slow start to finalising coaching positions. Given that, 2014 was an amazing ride for the Club with some great highs and some moments that took the Club to confronting realities regards sport and injury.
We were very fortunate to secure Aaron Cornelius as a playing coach. Aaron returned as a 23 year old armed with the latest in AFL coaching techniques and a focus on taking the Club back to playing successful football. He has been inspirational in turning the Club’s fortunes around. The Club played a lot of youngsters, had a long list of injuries to key players to start the year and commenced the season with low expectations from the football public. The year grew to the Club reaching third place on the Senior ladder (convincingly beating flag favourites Clarence on their own turf), staring down a double chance if not top spot before a sickening turn of events when Aaron was seriously injured. Our playing stocks significantly reduce with other injuries taking a toll. We look to take the positives with us into 2015.
Key features of 2014
The Board during 2014 has continued to work with a dedicated band of the volunteers to keep improving operations at the Club and in particular focussed on the important work done by three sub groups; the Bingo group, the Past Players (New Town and Glenorchy Past players and Officials Association) and the Junior Football Club, all of which need to be strongly embraced into a unified Club. I must note the strong support and willingness to work co-operatively from the leaders of these three important groups. We have also worked to insure that many members of the Clubs groups have had an influence on design and future operations in the redeveloped Club. The Football Department is an area where we are and will always continue to try and source the best people to provide skills, expertise and management to achieve a continued on-field success for the Club.
While at the AGM we will recognise individuals who have provided great service to the Club over a number of year, I would like to thank all the volunteers for their efforts in 2014 and note the leadership of the groups provide by Carol De Jersey in the Kitchen, Bretta Button in the Kiosk, Barry Hassett and Des Peters in the Football Department, Dennis Bird and Chris Hutton in the trainers and medical team, Ray Court in Membership, Terry Nichols and Dennis Bird in the Bingo arena and Steve Maxwell with Junior football. To all the volunteers this year on behalf of the board we say, thank you.
I would like to thank the Board of 2014 for their efforts and look forward to working with those that have put their hand up again and welcome new directors to the role. The unity of the Board in meeting the challenges and opportunities of 2014 has been great to see.
I would also like to note and thank our Corporate Partners Tattsbet, Network Gaming and key sponsors during 2014: Get Real (Major Sponsor, Tony McCulloch), Wrest Point (Kath McCann), Mayne’s Marine (Reg Turner), 9/11, Northgate, Island Batteries, Coffee Club, REVIVE, FitFreak and J Boags and Sons. We also thank our raft of minor sponsors, identified in the annual report.
2015 will be an important year for the Club. We will be a stronger Club on-field. The player list already holds great promise, and preseason training has already commenced. Meanwhile, we will be embarking on the new Club facility construction process, increasing commercial activity at the Club and strengthening our links with the Glenorchy community. It will be a great period for all supporters and the community to get behind the Club. Our future success depends on everyone getting right behind the Club and to be aware that fund generating activity and member contributions are a major part of ensuring success. Thanks again to all those who have contributed to GDFC in 2014.
Bring on 2015. Go Pies!
The season of 2014 was full of highs and lows for me as a Coach. Being my first coaching job I have learnt so much along the way. Coming from such a professional environment meant that I had to lower my expectations for a few things such as, missing training for small things and little strange excuses. As the year went on we started to change the attitude and culture of the boys.
The message that we used was:
“This is the highest level of football in the State and the highest level many of you will play so, once you signed to play here, you have committed to the requirements and time it takes to play here.”
In December 2013, the Glenorchy District Football Club was fortunate to secure the services of its former player and ex-Brisbane Lions player Aaron Cornelius as it’s playing coach for the next two seasons, after the sudden resignation of Ben Beams in that role. Aaron brought with him a new level of professionalism to the club, and despite the loss of some 31 players from the previous year, and with all the “experts” writing the club off, to the players and coaches credit, we were able to great on field resolve and manage to win 11 games to qualify for the finals, only to lose in the first elimination final. The club also appointed Matthew Smith from New Norfolk as assistant and bench coach, and Shane Piuselli – a former past club great, as coach of the Development League team (and later as a most valuable player); Michael Styles was his assistant; Brian Free was appointed as Under 18’s Team coach with Graeme Bennetts as his assistant.
There is no doubt that these appointments have had a profound effect on the development of the wealth of young talent within the club ranks at present, and has also added enormously to the professionalism of the core group of players. The club was fortunate to engage the playing services of two former AFL players in Jamie Charman and Alan Didak from Brisbane and Collingwood respectively during the season. Unfortunately, Jamie copped a nasty calf injury when dominating the game against Lauderdale which ended his year prematurely, and whilst Alan did struggle on the playing field, his participation was reflected in the increased numbers in attendance at the game. Both players also attended the club’s Black and White Ball at the casino.
The low light of the season was the debilitating injury that Aaron suffered at Blundestone Arena against Clarence in round 15, and this had a profound effect on the club’s playing capabilities for the remainder of the year. The injury sustained was horrific to say the least, and as a club, we wish Aaron the best possible result from his operation in January, and his future rehabilitation in his efforts to get back to full health. The Development and Under 18 teams both qualified for finals footy after a season in which both sides had to struggle through a continual change of playing personnel due to Academy and injury constraints, and to make finals was a great reflection on the coaches of the respective sides to keep the teams focused, as there is no doubt that both coaches had plenty of sleepless nights with team selection. The positives of the season will suffice in time, as the fast tracking of the young group will hold the club in good stead for the future going forward.
The initial year of the club’s participation in the Women’s League was also an important stepping stone in the future direction of the club, and the team was successful in progressing to the preliminary final. We look forward in anticipation to a further progression of the team going forward. We as a club acknowledge the efforts of its coaches Luci-Anne Otterway, Greg Grubb, Lee Tulip and all their associated helpers for their efforts during the year. It is time to once again acknowledge the untiring efforts of all associated with the Football Department throughout the year, be it as team managers, assistant team managers, trainers, physiotherapists, water carriers, property stewards timekeepers, ground managers, statisticians, interchange stewards, umpire escorts, scoreboard attendants, club runners, fitness advisers, contracts, list and development personnel. A special thanks of gratitude to Barry, Pop, and Mick for the team manager roles.
From all players and Football Department, a big thanks to the entire kitchen, bar, canteen, office volunteers and staff - thank you for all your assistance throughout the year. To the Board of Management – we acknowledge your unwavering support on all matters presented.
Ray Court once again has done an amazing job in looking after the area of membership and player sponsorship, and to you “Dennis” - special thanks.
The club would also like to acknowledge the following on their achievements throughout the season:
Cazaly Medallist – Jaye Bowden
Peter Hudson Medallist – Aaron Cornelius
RACT Player of the Year – Jaye Bowden
State Representatives – Jaye Bowden, Aaron Cornelius, Brayden Webb (Men’s) Sandy Eaton, Nietta Lynch, Sarah Davis, Alanah Kelly (Women’s)
Mariners – Mitch Rainbird, Josh Watts, Jordon Arnold, Jordan Hayden, Matt Joseph
Women’s League Best & Fairest – Alanah Kelly
Women’s League Goalkicker – Nietta Lynch
Also congratulations to all club award winners on their respective awards. Thanks to all coaching staff: Aaron, Matty, Shane, Michael, David, Grant, Leigh, Brian, Graeme, Luci-Anne, Greg, Lee for your untiring work during the year, and there is no doubt the seeds for the future of the club have been planted. The club has introduced the following motto for 2015 as its driving force: “Building to Be the Best.”
Finally, to all associated with ensuring that the club redevelopment of its facilities and its long term viability within these – a thank you from the Football Department for achieving the outcomes you have after countless hours of negotiations.
2014 was my first year back at the club for 4 years or so. I was impressed with the attitude and culture of the playing group and the club in general. It was an enjoyable year for me personally, and I would like to thank all of those who played development League throughout the year.
On the field, the development league team started slowly – We were impacted with injuries throughout the club and had a number of players coming up from under age getting used to playing open age footy and playing in different positions.
As the year progressed we improved our performances, lost a couple of close games in the middle stages, and then won 4 of our last 6 games to make finals. This was a great effort from the boys. Our last 6 games were all pretty much mini-finals, and this experience of a ‘win at all costs’ mentality each week will stand our players in good stead for next year.
We played a total of 55 players in the development league this year, ranging from 15 to 34 years old. We had 30 players play their first club game, whilst 11 players who played development league through the year, also played their first senior game for the club.
We had 17 players who played Under 18’s during the year come up and fill in for the Development league team, some stayed and played the year out – This is a great sign for the club going forward. Thank you to those boys, and we hope to see you all have a big preseason and push for Senior footy next year.
The return to an open age format for the Development league was a success in my opinion. I think it very important to have a place for our older players in the club. Either as depth players, or they may be returning from injury, or finding form, or staying involved in some way at the club – Having them play alongside our emerging junior players, teaching them the GDFC cultures and making them feel more comfortable on the field is a big benefit to the club in general.
I would like to acknowledge a number of people who contributed their time through the year. A big thank you to all of those listed below:
Michael Styles our assistant coach, it was great to have Patchy back involved with the senior group this year.
Brian Free the under 18 Coach. Brian always pushed for his players to play at the highest level and put the clubs goals ahead of his own teams results, particularly when we had a number of injuries and had to ‘poach’ Brian’s players through the middle part of the season, so thank you Brian.
Finally to AC – I really enjoyed working with you this year mate. It was also great to see that after being away for 5 years, you fitted straight back into the club as if you had never left. Good luck with the rehab.
Development League Coach 2014
On reflection, 2014 was somewhat disappointing having not conducted an Annual Reunion. The prime reason, as provided to GDFC members and our own Association members by way of email during the season, was that the association was unable to plan a date for such an event due to the uncertainty of social facilities being available with the advent of club premises to be demolished. In addition, the tradition of celebrating previous senior premierships that fall in multiple decades of a current year eluded us as no premierships occurred in “the 4’s.”
On a brighter note, it’s given us an opportunity and sufficient time to adequately plan for what is to be the biggest celebration in the history of our Association i.e. the culmination of five senior premierships that span an era of eighty long years, it includes the inaugural Green & Gold, Roy Cazaly led pre-second world war premiership of 1935 plus the 1955, 1965, 1975 and 1985 flag winners.
In relation to the new social premises, it finally appears that an end is in sight with December 2014 being the likely demolition period. This means that club social facilities will not be available in 2015, therefore our Association will need to seek out an appropriate alternative to host our proposed 2015 calendar. Once this is finalised we will immediately inform members of the circumstance with all relative data in preparation for the 2015 reunion.
This publication affords us the opportunity to publicly express our sincere appreciation to Carol De Jersey and her catering team for the wonderful help they have provided to our reunions over the years, and for that we are eternally grateful.
R. H. ‘Banjo’ Patterson Perpetual Trophy
The executive committee and members congratulate the 2015 senior ‘Banjo’ Patterson perpetual ‘Fairest & Best’ player, Jaye Bowden who incidentally equals the achievements of eleven others players who have won three such awards from when the trophy was first introduced in 1928. Our Association provides the Roy Cazaly medal to the winner accompanied by a cheque for $500. For an outstanding season in 2015 we also congratulate the Development Squad ‘Fairest & Best’ player, Shaun Stewart and we look forward with anticipation to his future development.
Hall of Fame
The initial criteria to qualify for induction was inaugurated in 2002, and it is currently being reviewed by an independent committee that will recommend (if any) changes to the executive committee for consideration by the end of November 2014.
Our Association continues to collect items to add to its ongoing range of photo’s and historical data. We aim to have the most comprehensive collection of any club in Tasmania. To achieve this goal, club historian Graham Kelly, is again requesting the assistance of any player or official who may have in particular, senior and or reserves photo’s, so they can be copied for prosperity sake and the originals will be returned; if you can help please contact Graham on 0400 212 805.
The name Linton is synonymous with the Glenorchy Football Club with the recent passing of Vic Linton, loving husband of Faye (a grand club supporter and former club volunteer) father of club champion Gary, and father of former club board director Peter, the Past Players & Officials Association extends its deepest regret to the Linton family.
The Association Executive expresses its sincere condolences to Mrs. Shirley Scott on the passing of her husband Doug, who was the club’s oldest Player Life Member. Doug was one of the on field pioneers of the club in the immediate post war period and a great character of his time.
Former 1950’s player, Ray Heffernan passed away in late November 2014.
Ray joined the New Town Football Club in 1955 and was a Reserve’s premiership player in the Centenary year 1958 with the Glenorchy Football Club. He concluded his football career in 1959, attaining 61 club games, and our Association forwards its fond memories and respect for a gentleman lost.
Kevin Foot, well known and much respected junior football coach at GDJFC, passed away in August after a battle with Cancer that he fought with his customary good humour and passion for life. Kevin coached at Glenorchy Junior Club for about 20 years. He started when Nick joined the under 8's. He has coached under 8’s to under 16’s, having been persuaded to go through the mill twice at least. He has set a great example of dedication to the club and was awarded GDJFL LIFE MEMBERSHIP.
Kevin has seen some of his players go on to play Senior Football with Glenorchy. He was also keen to assist with anything to promote the club and some signs around the place still bear his name. Kevin also had a strong involvement over many years as an umpire with the Umpires Association. The Junior and Senior Club were strongly represented at the “Footy Show” farewell on Thursday at C3 in South Hobart. Both the Junior and Senior Clubs extend their sympathies to Kevin’s family and acknowledge his great Club and community contribution.
2015 On Field
The Past Players wish Senior Coach, Aaron Cornelius, and Development Squad Coach, Shane Piuselli the very best of success for the coming season. Under Aaron’s leadership it appears that the club is heading in a positive direction and is obviously well supported by a strong foundation being nurtured by Shane.
Our association reinforce the pathway of club management it its bid to secure the best outcome in relation to the development of new club social and administration premises. Although facilities at KGV will be somewhat sparse in 2015, we applaud members to be patient with the development phase, and equally as patient with management as they strive to deliver the best possible result.
New Town & Glenorchy PPOA