Falconians Pre-Christmas Update
The second half of season 2016 was not what anyone involved with the Knox Falcons Football Club wanted. It was tough going. On field leadership was spread too thinly and our expectations of young players unrealistic.
However, we are now committed and working towards a very strong light at the end of this tunnel.
Before the season wound up John O’Brien and Phil O’Shannassy went to work re-signing players. To the players credit they jumped onboard in full belief that rather than abandoning a sinking ship they wanted to be a part of a new direction.
It was disappointing to lose Mitch Woofindin. He made a great contribution in difficult circumstances. We wish him the best as he returns to Port Melbourne and would be more than happy to see him in a Falcon guernsey again.
On the plus side we have had an excellent training period prior to Christmas.
Jayden Hawkes, Ryan Minahan, Stephen Aiello, all unable to take the field in 2016 are progressing well on their return from injuries.
John and Phil have driven recruiting, as well as retention, with incredible energy. If you have been following updates on social media I would imagine you have felt some excitement.
Dan Wilson, Ethan Murray and Sam Lennox head a trio of returning young players. These guys have been standouts at training since the first session back.
John has been chasing a bloke called Jesse Plostins for a number of years. He landed the key back this year. A former Sandy VFL player and more recently with Mansfield, Plostins will bring some strength and experience to the backs. Jayden Duman and Jordy Damatopoulos come from East Burwood and brought a mate from Tallagaroopna! Aaron Woods. Jayden is a mobile key forward, Jordy a nimble small forward and Woodsy looks like he loves a contest! Brett Holst is a tall backman from Scoresby that will add further strength to the back six. Alex Pagliari has fitted in really well from Mulgrave. As a late Christmas gift Daniel Wilsons brother Ryan signed on. Ryan has been most recently at Wandin, prior to that Vermont. He finds the footy really well in traffic.
Then Luke Williams rocked up to training with stories about the other clubs that were courting him. Imagine Willo in another jumper! No, don’t! He is a Falcon!
Marcus Jordan also returns from a trip through Europe. MJ has been at best a reluctant pre-season trainer in the past. Throughout November and December he has been pushing himself hard and showing some genuine leadership potential.
It is a strong list and the new faces added buoyancy to training at Wheelers Hill.
Throughout our first six weeks many of the Knox Women’s team joined us for training. I reckon this has been a great success and a tangible step to increasing our Club’s commitment to female football. The girls held their own and got a lot out of it. Hopefully we can continue to engage in ways that bring all the aspects of Falcon footballers together.
On the coaching front we have had a number of changes. Some familiar faces are taking up roles in the Development team with Stuey Wynd at the head, joined by Adam Slater and Scott Hunter. The Under
19’s will be coached by Mick Curtiss and Braet Adams. Braet has smooth talked a couple of mates (Britts and Bourkey) into the mix.
Dave Carden will take on a role working with all the coaches to support them and assist them in developing their coaching.
Phil Buck, Chris Buerkner and Luke Williams will be senior assistants in 2017. Great to have Burks stepping up and a terrific addition to have Willo adding to his already impressive footy resume!
The Club ends the year in really positive shape!
Each time I drive down High St past Tyner Rd I get a little rush of adrenalin. I can’t wait to turn in on April 8 – ready to take on last years Div 2 runners up and resume a fierce rivalry. Keep the date free – you’ll want to be there!
Thanks for your continued support. Have a great Christmas and New Year.
See you at The Fort in 2017