WELCOME TO SEASON 2020!
Welcome to all for what is shaping up as an exciting 2020 season!
Firstly, I would like to reflect on season 2019 that delivered the most successful year in our 73 year history, with the club being awarded our inaugural Champion Club award in the EFL (45 clubs). In addition, we secured four premierships (seniors, reserves, U/19's and netball) and our womens team also made the Grand Final in only their first year of football.
Individually, our players excelled with four league Best & Fairest (Liam Kidd - senior mens, Keely Shepherd - senior womens, Matt Young - reserves mens and Nash Butler - U/19's colts) plus three Grand Final best on ground awards (Leigh Odermatt - senior mens, Dan Cormack - reserve mens and Chris Dergraz - U/19's).
Our club is now ready to move into Division two for the mens, division one for the womens and our netballers are likely to field three teams, which is very exciting. Our vets mens footballers will continue to saddle up each fortnight and we look forward to seeing them enjoying their footy minimalising injuries where possible?
I would like to wish all players and coaches the very best for season 2020 which commences with the men's on Sat 4th April 2020.
This year we are most fortunate to have a very strong management committee, plus a multitude of key people undertaking major roles within the club.
Our club has implemented a five year strategic plan 2020-24, a one year 'operational plan' and the clubs budget for 2020 has just been finalised.
As we move into a stronger division, our costs to operate increase and the Club will be focusing heavily on increasing our non-playing memberships. So I would encourage you to support our clubs growth aspirations and become a financial member in season 2020.
Our Junior club continues to grow and we look forward to holding at least two family days at the senior ground in 2020. This year we will see our first girls U/18's team take the field, as womens football continues to grow from strength to strength.
Our alliance with the Lysterfield Junior Football Club is strong on the back of some good work done by both clubs last season. LJFC will field three U/17's teams in 2020 which should provide a solid pipeline for our U/19's in coming years.
Thank you again to all our partner sponsors, for whom we simply could not do without. We look forward to seeing you at various stages through the year and promoting your businesses within the club and general community.
Over the coming weeks, there will be several practice matches, so please keep an eye out on social media and come and support our teams where possible .
We look forward to a great season in 2020!
South Belgrave Football & Netball Club
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