Well what a weekend it was. It was 12 years in the making but finally all the hard work was rewarded with the Pumas winning not just one, but 2 premierships last Saturday.
I recently asked Stephen Purdy to help with writing the GF match reports. As most know he has a talent for this & in this case he has certainly not let us down. Please click on this link to view a detailed review of both games & a bit of club history/background.
Grab a coffee, its a long but remember its been 12 years in the making & certainly worth a read.
There are plenty of Puma Premiership videos & photos still being regularly posted on our 2 Face book pages "Springwood Pumas Junior & Youth
" & "Springwood Pumas"
. Click on the links & "Like" them.
I will leave the game & background details for you to read in Stephen's brilliant report. However, I will briefly concentrate on what happened off the field on the magic day. Crowd Highlights
Firstly it was magnificent to see so many Puma supporters young & old attending. It was a sea of Blue, Gold & even some longtime supporters wearing the classic orange. They cheered along with vigor.
With the reserves being 7 points down with moments to go, the cause looked bleak. The puma fans picked it up an octave & screamed trying to will the boys home. The players responded & when Bridgey kicked the winning goal as the siren rang (most could not hear the siren because the crowd was that loud) the fans & players broke into tears of joy. Anyone that was there will never forget that magic moment.
Also when the siren finally sounded for the Seniors the crowd ran onto the ground & shared the joy with the players as one. The celebrations kept continuing during the presentation at Coorparoo & then way into the late of night at the Puma Clubhouse. Premiership for all We must stress these Premierships were for every single Puma person past & present. There were several speeches on the night highlighting this. I was going to write about this but I believe this paragraph from Stephens match report sums it up the best....." Sure it was the players who deserve the most accolades, they are the ones that put their bodies on the line, and for that they fully deserve all of that. But these really were premierships for everyone, from the players and coaches to Andrew Hickman to Denis McCaig to Graham Murrihy to Bear to Simmo and to the countless others who put their lives aside to work for a footy club to try to achieve something special. And below these blokes are the fabulous committee people who direct the club in all its activities. Then there are all the other volunteers, the runners, timekeepers, water carriers, canteen operators, banner makers etc etc.
And not for just the senior club but for the whole organisation, the Youth, Masters and Juniors included. And of course the wins were for all those young kids who pull on the Puma jumper every weekend hoping to, just like our newly crowned senior and ressies premiers, one day have a medal of their own around their neck. And don’t forget the supporters (and wasn’t it great to see so many there on Saturday), the wives, girlfriends, brothers, sisters, parents, mates and of course the old boys (great to see so many of them at the game too) who have pulled on the Pumas jumper in years gone by. And of course all of our wonderful sponsors, without whom, none of this would be possible. So yes, these were premierships were for everyone"
So to add personally from myself (Committee Member & Junior Chairman Simmo) to all Puma players, fans, parents, coaches, sponsors & helpers "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You" You are all part of this massive achievement.
We have been teasing the slogan since the start of year but now the stats actually prove it. With every Puma Youth & Senior team making it through to the finals & then our Seniors & Reserves Puma train picking up 2 x premierships at their last stop.
Season 2014 will now forever be in the record books as #THEYEAROFTHEPUMA...
Bring on 2015!