Hello all supporters and friends of West Coburg FC.
West Coburg Seniors are in the Senior Div 1 Grand Final
And then there was One!
After five plus months, 11 teams, 300 players (give or take), 160 plus collective games, 15 odd finals games and two junior premierships, it is down to this! The penultimate conclusion to what has been a wonderful year at our Club.
Unfortunately our U18.5’s were unable to complete a fairy tale conclusion to their season by going down to Hadfield by just 13 points. As disappointing as it is for The U18.5’s, let’s not forget the stellar year had by this group of young men. West Coburg FC has been blessed over recent years to have had a very strong and vibrant junior participation program that has seen this age group participate in the last four finals campaigns of which 2011/12 saw back to back premierships. The Club is buoyed by the talent that will remain in this age group, together with the group of young men that will progress out of top age Under 16’s come 2015.
A big thank you and congratulations to our Coach Shane Doyle, Mark (Shorty) Shorthouse and Ryan Moulton who took on the responsibility at the beginning of the year when the Club struggled to find a coach. I know that Shane would be the first to say that he was blessed to have such a fine bunch of boys to lead and coach that represented West Coburg is such a disciplined and committed manner.
Our Seniors went into the Preliminary Final with its collective backs to the wall. A loss to Taylors Lakes would have seen a great year squandered. We all knew that the team was better than what they displayed the week previously but it was a case of whether the boys could overcome the disappointment. A couple of changes to the team’s make up and a big lift from key players saw a reverse of form seeing the team run out comfortable winners by 46 points. There is no need to mention names as the reality is, from a performance perspective, only next Sunday counts. Go West!
Senior Semi Finals Results
Under 18.5 (Preliminary Final)
West Coburg: 5. 10 -40 lost to Hadfield 6. 17 -53
Goal Kickers: J. Martini 2, C. Clemente 2, C. Nabbout
Best Players: , A. Zammit , J. Martini , C. Clemente , C. Doherty , C. Nabbout , W. Karaan
Seniors (Preliminary Final)
West Coburg: 17. 7 -109 def. Taylors Lakes 9. 9 -63
Goal Kickers: R. Cleary 4, M. Abdulwahed 3, F. Akkari 3, B. Hopkins 2, O. Saad 2, S. Elmi 2, R. Hudson
Best Players: , T. McMillan , J. Smith , O. Abdallah , M. Abdulwahed , F. Akkari , T. Drake
This Thursday Night: All supporters and junior players are invited to come along to the Seniors final training session at Shore Reserve this Thursday night commencing at 6pm. There will be a BBQ dinner available for $10 and the bar will be open. The Grand Final team will also be read out on the night! It will be a great way to show the senior playing group that we are all behind them as they attempt to achieve the Club’s ultimate award.
Sunday 7th September, Seniors Grand Final: Our Senior team plays off for Premiership glory against Tullamarine this Sunday commencing 2.15pm at Windy Hill (Essendon Football Ground). We encourage all our supporters to don the red, white and black and come along to support and cheer our team.
It goes without saying, but there is the highest level of expectation of all West Coburg supporters to adhere to the EDFL Code of Conduct. Our behaviour off the field is equally as important as our players’ behaviour on the field. Let’s support our team, let’s be proud of our team but be mindful that our actions on Sunday truly reflect well on West Coburg FC.
Sunday Evening 7th September: Regardless of the result, all supporters are invited back to Shore Reserve to celebrate the year had. The Club will be providing a Spit Roast meal and dessert for those who wish to eat after the game. The cost is $20 pp. ($15 for kids under 15 years). Drinks at bar prices. We need all supporters who want to take advantage of the spit roast to assist us with the catering requirements by ‘pre-purchasing ‘ your dinner ticket. We do not want to be in a position where we either over or under cater. Of course if you do not intend to enjoy the spit roast then there is no requirement to pre purchase. Tickets can be purchased either this Thursday night at Shore Reserve, at Friday’s Junior Presentation, by contacting David Gloury on 0429 121 426 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org . The event commences approx. 5.30pm.
Friday 5th September: Under 10’s, 12’s and 14’s Presentation night
Our Junior Presentation Night will be held this Friday, September 5 at Shore Reserve clubrooms.
Presentation Timetable (2 rooms operating)
6.30pm Under 10 Div 2
6.45pm Under 10 Div 6
7.15pm Under 12 Div 3
7.30pm Under 12 Div 6
8.00pm Under 14 Div 3
8.15pm Under 14 Div 6
There will be a sausage sizzle and drinks available and the bar will be operating on the night. Parents are asked to assist in helping on the barbecue.
On the night, existing players have the opportunity to pre-register for season 2015 by playing a $50 deposit and lodging the attached Season 2015 U10-U16 Pre-Registration Form.
IMPORTANT: Players who have not yet returned their club jumper must bring the jumper on the night. Any players who fails to return their jumper on the night will not be presented with trophies or team photographs or be charged the cost of a replacement jumper.
Buy a Piece of Club History
To celebrate the Club’s unprecedented success in Season 2014, we’re introducing the option for junior players to buy the jumpers they wore throughout their season and finals campaigns.
These can be purchased from the Club for $60, which will cover the replacement cost of the jumper in the team set.
If you’d like to buy your own piece of Club history, download the attached form , fill it in and make payment on Presentation Night. From there wear it, wash it, sign it, frame it, ebay it – the decision is all yours. The attached form must be completed in its entirety before we can release the jumper – we need the information so that we can replace it.
What’s more – and we’re serious about this – every jumper bought will be provided with a Certificate of Authenticity to confirm that your child wore it for the club this season, in hope that one day it’ll help the jumper grow beyond the value it is today!
Thursday 11th September: Reserves and Seniors Vote Count.
Voting will be held up to and including Round 14 of the regular season. The event will commence at 7pm. Finger food provided.
Saturday 19th September: Under 18.5, Reserves and Seniors Presentation Night. ***(Please note change of date)****
The senior team’s presentation night will be held at Brown’s Corner Hotel, Corner of Bell St and Sydney Rd, Coburg commencing 7pm.
West Coburg FC is pleased to announce that our very own super coach – Ray Freeman (U14 Div 3 Premiership Coach) won the North West AFCA youth coach of the year during last Monday’s presentation event. A great effort indeed Ray!
Statement from the EDFL on social media use (Issued Thursday August 28, 4pm)
The Essendon District Football League (EDFL) wishes to advise that it does not condone the use of social media that denigrates, belittles, insults and/or degrades any member of the EDFL Community.
We ask those that use such a medium to cease and desist from using harmful language on social media in accordance with EDFL rules.
The EDFL wishes to remind any member, player or supporter to ensure that they also use social media in in a responsible and respectful manner in relation to the EDFL, its member clubs and the EDFL community.
The EDFL asks all clubs and supporters to reiterate these sentiments throughout the football community.
West Coburg Softball Club is looking to recruit boys, girls and women to participate in its teams in the up coming summer season. Softball is a great alternative to cricket, basketball or tennis. The club is looking to field Mixed Under 13, Under 16, Under 19 and Open Women.
The Club will hold an Open Day on Sunday 14th September at Morris Reserve, Pascoe Vale South. See attached flyer for more info.
Go West Coburg!