2007 The Buzz!

Welcome to the Ferny Grove Falcons 2007 season.

I think many of you would agree that there has been an atmosphere
around the Club throughout the pre-season, with Peter sizing up shirts
and shorts for new players and coaches, Katie making sure every one is
registered, Gary running around doing his normal 8 jobs at once, (and
making sure all others are doing the same!), Pascal sorting out the
bobcat, Jeff grinding and welding and the list of contributors goes on
and on!

You can see it all over the place - sponsorship signs on the fence
representing $1000's of dollars coming into our Club, new seating for a
100 spectators around the ground and green grass on the clubhouse flank
of the ground for the first week of footy - I don't think that's
happened for a very long time.

But that's not the atmosphere I'm talking about. What I'm talking about
is the "buzz". It's a feeling that makes Footy Clubs great to be
around. Some Clubs have it and some don't. Those of you that have
played or been heavily involved with a Footy Club would know the
feelings I'm talking about.

It's the friendly banter between old boys around the Club talking footy
stuff, discussing how different sides went last week, who they would
play in certain positions etc. It's watching kids turn up to Auskick,
watching them develop and grow, and watching them take to the field
what seems only a few years later, with pimply faces and deep voices.

They've grown 6ft tall, still a bit cheeky, yes, but still - you have a
mutual respect for each other, because at one time not so long ago, you
may have taught them, or their brother or sister, how to hold and kick
a footy or handball off to a mate. You may have even wiped away a few
tears as they took their first hard bump.

You remember how you watched them struggle to kick on the run, how you
took them aside to show them how to handball and their frustrations as
they had to stop when they realized they were out of their "zone" by 2
inches. The smile that lights up their face when they take their first
over head mark or kick a goal on the run off their left. How they
tormented they were when they missed out on making that rep side, and
how they give you a knowing nod...and sometimes...if you look real
hard... even half a smile, when they turn up to the ground before the
finals at the end of a long but successful season.

There is a buzz around the Club this year, as committee members go
about their business, as parents shuffle between weekly shopping and
footy practice, as coaches work out teams for the next game, and old
blokes consider how things are done. But there is also that feeling
that's hard to explain, and that's the buzz as kids meet kids to learn
the skills of our great game, and build footy friendships that last

In forty years time, I hope they remember that specky mark they took in
front of the canteen, or the goal they kicked from the sideline on the
siren to win the game for their team.

But most of all I know they will remember the mateship and yes the buzz
they felt when they put on the Green and White at Falcon Park.

Greg Paterson
Under 10 (White) Coach 2007
20 April 2007


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