2012 Message from the President Steve Paolucci

Dear Mazenod Supporter,

I trust that you all had a happy Christmas, and a prosperous New Year. 

Season 2012 is well under way with training resuming last week. Number's were very good I would like to extend a warm welcome to any new players to the club. Many changes have occurred over the pre season, including a  few new faces to the 2012 committee. I welcome them on board and look forward to working with them throughout the year. On the coaching front we have a new senior coach, Adrian Connolly, who will be assisted by Ben Phibbs and Ryan Power, who are also new to the club. Scott Azzopardi will be in a new role as reserves coach, Elio Greco will be staying with the under 19's, and at the moment we are still yet to appoint our thirds coach. This year we have decided to align our thirds into the C Premier competition rather than ClubXVIII. One of the main advantages is having three consecutive games each week across the senior teams. Commencing at around 9am, we will have more news on this in the next few weeks. I will keep you updated.

The construction of the Central Reserve Northern Pavilion has commenced and is due for completion around September 2012. So the start of 2013 season will see us in brand new facilities. The pavilion is planned as a modern, light filled open space, with a great social room for entertaining, as well as providing a under cover area for supporters to gather while watching the matches. Outside doors will be opening onto a large decked area which will provide uninterrupted views onto the ground. Through the bugle this year  we will endeavour to keep you as up to date as possible with the progression of this project. 
Our practice matches will commence on: 
 24th March versus Whitefriars. Venve to be confirmed 
 31st March versus Cheltenham. Venue to be confirmed. 
 14th April versus St Francis. Venue to be confirmed 
On Wednesday the 29th of February we are having a registration day for players to pay their subs, purchase shorts and jumpers for the coming year. I invite all sponsorers and supporters to come down on this night and enjoy a BBQ  dinner and have a drink with the players. It will be held at the college starting around 7:30pm. 
Our first social function of the year is the Greyhound day that will be held on SUNDAY 25TH MARCH at Sandown Racecourse. Jace Kelly is organising this event so please contact him at jace282@hotmail.com for tickets. 
We have cause to celebrate this year with some new future Mazenodian football players entering our ranks. Walter and Rachel Occhiuto have added Freddie to their growing family of boys, Heather and Josh Di Pietro have welcomed their first, Angus. Ben Phibbs and Liz will be introducing themselves along with their new son Kai. Other celebrations include the marriage of Bernard Costin to Alisha in early February. 
Our commiserations also need to go to life members Chris and Denise Kelly and family on the loss of Chris father Kevin Kelly, who had battled ill health for some time, before passing away on the 30th of December. We remember Kevin as a strong supporter of the club. 
Steve Paolucci 
President MOCFC


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