Season 2022 is well underway and we welcome any new players, spectators and supporters to attend any session.
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00pm at Park 2 (Fitzroy Terrace)
Monday and Wednesday, 6:30pm at Park 2 (Fitzroy Terrace)
PRESIDENTS 2021 REPORT
First, I want to thank everyone for their efforts this season, especially with the difficulties of COVID 19 still present. To the committee, coaching group, trainers, players, volunteers and supporters, thank you for making BOSFC the great club it is.
Going into this season the committee had a strong focus on stabilising the financial position of the club as well as consolidating the on field growth and success of last year. The result being an outstanding season for Blackfriars Old Scholars Football Club with infrastructure upgrades, record profit and record playing numbers.
On field the success that we have had across all teams is remarkable: This season we had record playing numbers with 137 players pull on the guernsey for BOSFC across all 4 grades. This being 98 men across three teams and 39 women for the one women’s team. On the men’s side we also had a significant shift towards an A grade team that was predominantly under 25 years of age for the first time in a number of years.
All 4 teams played finals again for the second year in a row after all teams finished in their respective top 4 on the ladder. For the second year in a row the men’s reserves made it to the grand final, however fell agonisingly short again.
Topping off the year was the incredible achievement of our women’s team, led by Locky, who took out the Division 3 premiership in an undefeated season. After losing the grand final in 2020 by a narrow margin, the club couldn’t be prouder of the dedication, hard work, commitment and focus that the coaches, players, trainers and support staff put into this season to make sure they weren’t going to end the season the same way. The success of this season means that women’s team have earned promotion into Division 2 for next season.
A huge congratulation has to go to Club captain Matt Brincat who took home his second league medal, this time as joint winner as the best player in the men’s Division 6, and Fiona Clancey who was league leading goal kicker for the Women’s Division 3.
We welcomed new trainers to the men’s side of the club in Sally, Alex and Hamish, along with Divya, and Heather on the women’s side, they were excellent at keeping our teams healthy and on the park while still tackling COVID requirements and restriction.
Off field the club continued to grow: As I mentioned, this season we put a strong focus on stabilising the club financials coming out of COVID, and after last years interrupted season we have ended the year with a fantastic financial position. This is thanks to the hard work of Michael Hogan as treasurer, Warren Haines in Sponsorship and Bec and Tilda in the canteen. The result is a huge profit for the club for the first time in a number of years.
Significant improvements were made to facilities. After years of delays and false starts the new lights were finally installed early in the year thanks to the Sports Australia grant won in 2019. The new lighting provided an immediate improvement to training conditions and safety, however the biggest impact was being able to host all 4 teams at home on the same day with the women’s team playing multiple games under lights.
This year the club was also successful in securing funding for new goal posts through the Stronger Communities Funding program from Mr Steve Georganas MP office. The new posts will be installed during November for this coming pre-season.
Our community engagement has grown even more: Our Ladies Day and Mary Potter Foundation fundraiser went ahead with this year’s event the biggest we have had over the 5 years, and also coincided with the very first BOSFC game under the new lights at St Dom’s. Again, as a club we were able to raise over $2,500 for the foundation throughout the day, so a huge thankyou to everyone who donated.
This season we also introduced an Indigenous Round driven by the women’s team. An amazing fundraising effort meant the women’s team were able to have a specially designed guernsey made to mark the occasion. The guernsey design including culturally significant details and stories that are personnel to the BOSFC indigenous players this year. The game was held under lights during NAIDOC week as part of the clubs aim to proactively embracing the culture-rich community we have and empower our players to pursue initiatives that mean a lot to them, and therefore us as a club.
The BnF was extremely well attended with 150 tickets sold and the raffle and auction on the night provided a great fundraiser for the club. A great night was had by all and congratulations to all the award winners.
Warren again did an outstanding job on sponsorship. Overall sponsorship money was up, thanks to the shortened season and many local businesses struggling financially, but all in all we are extremely grateful for the support offered to the club from the community.
Looking to the future, things are looking even more positive. We welcome a number of new nominees to the committee today who will each bring a wealth of knowledge and new ideas to advance the club.
A significant amount of work and preparation has already gone into a second women’s team for next season which will help grow the club, and we are in the great position to have stability leading into next season.
Senior Men’s Coach Jarrad O’Riley, Reserves Coach John Belton and Women’s Coach Locky Sandford all continuing on in 2022 with planning already begun. At this stage we are looking for a new C grade coach for next season but I would like to thank Paul Melish for taking on the role this past season.
As many would have seen in the news lately the Council are currently reviewing development plans for a new Aquatic Centre on Park 2. At this stage it is very early, however we as a club will need to keep an eye on any advances on this in the future. But this could have significant positives for the club with new infrastructure and developments for local sports as well as the aquatic centre.
Lastly, as you all know I will be stepping down today from the committee and my 5 years as club President. The last 5 years have been incredibly rewarding personally and I am grateful for all the friendships I’ve made because of the decision to take on this role. I would like to thank everyone for the support they have given me over the years. I wish all the best to the incoming President and Committee, and look forward to the club’s continued growth in the seasons to come.
MARY POTTER LADIES DAY
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Mary Potter Ladies Day.
A great day on and off the field with funds raised during the day going to Mary Potter Foundation.
With the help of your support we raised vital funds for this amazing Foundation. We thank our BOSFC family for your continued support and kind donations to the Mary Potter Foundation.
We hope to see you all out again for our next Mary Potter Ladies Day.
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