West Coburg Football Club

Grand Final Wrap and Final Newsletter for 2014

West Coburg is off to PREMIER LEAGUE in 2015!

‘We are the Champions (my friend). We’ll keep on fighting to the end.’

A great crowd and in particular a West Coburg crowd, turned up last Sunday to see the Burgers claim the Essendon Ford Division 1 premiership cup with a 53-point win against Tullamarine at Windy Hill.  We all knew that leading into last Sunday’s Grand Final, that our Senior team had the talent, the youth, the skill and the tenacity to overrun Tullamarine.  After a disappointing 2nd Semi Final, it was time for pay back. The ‘silent’ motto all week was: ‘Losing is not an option’.  And boy, did the team live to that expectation. 

This was a team full of youth, sprinkled with some mature and wise heads.  It is very important to mention that 15 of the 22 players that represented West Coburg FC are boys that have  played as juniors at West Coburg.  Don’t let anyone tell you that this is not a Community Club!

Watch West Coburg sing the song out on the ground by clicking on this link

The Burgers edged in front at half-time in an arm-wrestle game before kicking five unanswered goals in the third term. The sting was out of the game early in the final term as we ran out Champions 13.15.93 to 5.10.40.  Young Tom Baravi had a dominant game around the stoppages while running players Setanta MacAodha, Tom Drake, ‘Captain Courageous’ Robbie Hudson and Tommy McMillan exploited the open spaces on Windy Hill. 

Tommy Baravi was awarded the David McWilliam Medal as best on ground. A fantastic achievement for a kid who is first year out of our Under 18.5’!!

Tullamarine's well rated forward line failed to fire with Jonathan Kent and Daniel Mangan held goalless by Burgers defenders ‘Utah’ Jazz(a) Smith, Alex Stewart, Fawez Akkari, Dane Lucas, Tom Watterson and Rosco ‘P Coltrane’ Weightman.

Last Sunday capped off what can only be described as a memorable year for our Club.  Six junior teams and three senior teams participating in finals culminating in two junior and a senior premiership to cap off the hard work put in not only by the players, but the committee, the coaches, team managers, support crew, trainers, canteen ladies, and the many volunteers.

The advancement to Premier League will not be without its challenges, but it will give our Club the opportunity to play with the best the EDFL has to offer.  It will give our Under 18.5’s an opportunity to play against quality opposition and to strive to be their best.  It will challenge our Club to be respected amongst those clubs who may think we have no place to be there amongst them. 

A very special congratulations to the young men who represented their teammates and the Club:

44. Ruairi Cleary, 87. Stefan Berak, 56. Omar Abdallah, 4. Robbie Hudson, 25. Omar Saad, 11. Setanta Macaodha, 23. Aaron Kelly, 2. Pasi Schwalger, 7. Fawez Akkari, 6. Jarryd Smith, 9. Tom McMillan, 20. Dane Lucas, 45. Debri Kutrolli, 32. Ross Weightman, 1. Marwan Abdulwahed, 10. Beau Hopkins, 36. Tom Watterson, 15. Tom Drake, 19. Jordan Gloury, 33. Alex Stewart, 22. Fouad Akkari, 27. Tom Baravi.

An even bigger thank you and congratulations to the coaching staff lead by head coach Digby Morrell,  Rob Peckham, Ben Power, Ange Sidone, Seniors Team Manager Paul McMillan, Reserves Team Manager – Bernie Kirby, Sammy O’Leary / Jack Ibrahim with the stats/rotation board stuff, our water boys Dom Tenace and Mitch Kent and our trainers Douggie, Katherine and Brooke.  If I’ve missed out on anyone, apologies!! 

Oh yes I have, the WCFC Committee.  Let’s not forget Club President and Ringmaster David Gloury, Secretary Kim Behringer, Treasurer James Baker, Vice President Glen Weaver, Apparel Enio Favero, Jack of all Trades – Tony Ring, Mrs ‘Can do’ Social Organiser/fundraiser/hellraiser– Karen Doherty, Junior Treasurer and techo/pics man – Ian Ross, Mark Orford and Jack Ibrahim.  Their tireless and often thankless work behind the scenes is incredible.  I only hope that when they finally get a chance to take a breath, they can at least be comforted in knowing the success of this year would not have happened without their leadership.

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Senior Grand Final Result

West Coburg: 13. 15 – 93 def. Tullamarine 5. 10 – 40

Goal Kickers: R. Cleary 4, O. Abdallah 2, S. Berak 2, S. MacAodha , P. Schwalger , O. Saad , A. Kelly , R. Hudson 

Best Players: R. Cleary, R. Hudson, D. Lucas, T. McMillan, J. Smith, F. Akkari

EDFL 2014 Best and Fairest Awards and 2014 Div 1 Team of the Year

Congratulations goes to ‘The Magician’ Abdi Fitaax who was named Runner Up in this year’s EDFL Div 1 B&F, polling 21 votes. It was Abdi’s second time as runner-up to Mark  DeSousa of Taylors Lakes  in a Hutchison Medal count after the duo went one-two in 2012. Abdi suffered a knee injury during the last home and away season missing out on the finals.  Abdi epitomises the character of our West Coburg team, taking his injury in his stride and was always around training supporting his mates.abdi2014

During the night the EDFL also announced the 2014 Div 1 Team of the Year to which West Coburg had four players represented in the squad: Tom Drake, Tom McMillan, Marwan Abdulwahed and of course Abdi Fitaax.  Congratulations to the boys who all had a standout year.

A BIG Thank You to our Sponsors for 2014

The biggest THANK YOU goes out to our sponsors, whose support of the Club would not make all this happen.  They include:

Tier 1 Sponsors

Tier 2 Sponsors

Digby Morrell signs on for 2015

It is with pleasure and excitement that the Club announces that Diggers will be back at the Club for the 2015 season. Notwithstanding the success that 2014 has brought the Club, we will all agree that Digby has brought to our Club a true sense of professionalism that has permeated the whole club from Under 10’s to the senior playing group.

Motor Neurone Disease Ice Bucket Challenge.

In a ‘merry’ state of bravado, one of our supporters and junior parent – Tony Favero decided to challenge himself to the Ice Bucket Challenge (out of the Premiership Cup!) on Sunday night during the Club’s Premiership celebrations.  A gold coin donation was asked of our ‘merry’ supporters and we quickly raised $150.  With my employer (Westpac) ‘Matching Gifts’ program, the $150 effectively is a $300 donation to Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia.  Who says West Coburg isn’t a giving Club???  Thanks Tony for icing up for the occasion.  (Maybe a wrong choice of words here).

This Thursday Night 11th September: Reserves and Seniors Vote Count.

Voting will be held up to and including Round 15 of the regular season for both the Reserves and Senior teams.  The event will commence at 7pm.  All welcome.  Bar open and pizza will be ordered in. Cost is $10.  The celebrations haven’t stopped yet!!

Friday 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 7.30pm for 8pm start. Entry to the event is $10 and ‘light finger food’ will be served.  West Coburg supporters are encouraged to support our major sponsor – Browns Corner Hotel and enjoy their fantastic Bistro/Counter meals prior to the event!

This will be the final Newsletter/Wrap as the writer and his ‘lovely’ takes a hiatus from the Footy Club.  The lovely and I will now kick back, crack a red (or two), dip into a fine cheese platter over the coming weekends and reminisce on the year that was at West Coburg Footy Club!  Bring on 2015, but not too quickly please, as I have a bit of crawling to do!!

A big thank you from to all who have appreciated the weekly newsletter and the ‘lovely’ goings on!!  She really is a beauty!

Cheers and me and the lovely will see you in 2015!!!!!!

Proud to be WEST COBURG!!!!!

Go West!

West Coburg Finals Wrap

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: communications@wcfc.com.auThe 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.

Friday 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.

Congratulations

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 Redbacks Softball Players Required.

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!

 

West Coburg FC Very Important News Update

We have great news to inform you that the Club has managed to convince the EDFL to re-schedule our Reserves 1st Semi Final against Glenroy from this Sunday to now play on Saturday 23rd August together with our Under 18.5’s and Senior teams.  So this Saturday’s bumper roster of finals at Essendon Football Ground (Windy Hill) is as follows:
 
1.       9.30am WC Under 18.5 vs Craigieburn (2nd Semi Final)
2.       11.45am WC Reserves vs Glenroy (1st Semi Final)
3.       2.15pm WC Seniors vs Tullamarine (2nd Semi Final
 
Fortunately common sense has prevailed and with this we as a Club can now support all three senior teams on the one day!  All supporters are encouraged to get to Windy Hill to show our collective support for three teams that have given us all a wonderful year of footy!
 
**Saturday Evening 23rd August: This Saturday evening around 6pm after the finals, the Club welcomes all supporters back to the Club rooms at Shore Reserve for a bite to eat and a drink.
 
 
Reminder Dates.
 
Friday evening 22nd August: Under 16 teams vote count night to be held at Shore Reserve Pavilion commencing 6.30pm.
 
Friday 29th August: West Coburg Parents End of Season Get Together.
The kids have had their fun now it’s the parents turn to let their hair down  and celebrate the year that was for the West Coburg Football Club. So come along and join friends old and new with good food music and fun.  Function to be held at our major sponsor Browns Hotel, Cnr Bell St & Sydney Rd, Coburg commencing 7pm, cost $25, drinks at bar prices.  Contact Karen Doherty on 0438 243 982, Rita Gauci 0409 216 706 or Milica Hubik 0400 166 678 or see attached flyer for details.
 
Friday evening 5th September:  The Junior teams Presentation Night for Under 10’s, Under 12’s and Under 14’s will be held at Shore Reserve commencing 6.30pm.  Further details to follow via email and on website but pencil this date in your diary/calendar.