Season 2019 started off just like last year – full of optimism. Little did we know how successful the year would turn out to be. Three Premierships, which has never been done in our history, two other sides played finals and a League Best and fairest in the Under 19 Premier, again a first.
This success requires a collaborative approach from many people both on and off the field. Our Coaches, trainers, physios, volunteers, Committee and of course the entire playing group should quite rightly feel very proud of what we, as a Club, achieved.
There were so many highlights that it is hard to single out one from another, so I thought it best to look at what the Club does best, and what contributes to CGFC being such a great place to be.
The in-season Wednesday and Thursday night dinners for the players represent the glue that makes friendships, builds camaraderie and puts the fun in to playing with CGFC. It also offers the chance for others to join in, and as we enter next year I invite you to come down to share the experience – you won’t forget it.
Our home game lunches and afternoon teas provides our chance to mingle and chat about many things, hear from guest speakers and support a good cause – this year it was RUOK, a timely reminder of the need to check on each other and start a conversation. We hope to extend this lunch arrangement to include our wonderful Women’s team and support base in 2020.
Our continued development and linkage to the School. We are all part of the CGS/CGFC/CGA community and we must never lose sight of how important each part is to each other – it is what makes us stronger. Ashleigh Martin, the Principal and our Co-Patron with Stephen Newton, are wonderful supporters of the entire program and we value their contribution enormously. It is very important we make CGFC the place for students who wish to continue playing with their mates as their preferred destination, and a big thank you to all those in the School football program for their assistance.
The Grand Finals – who could forget each of them. Our Thirds at Box Hill, our Women capturing our first ever Premiership and a return to Premier in 2020 in front of a very supportive crowd and then the Men – have we ever seen a crowd like this supporting CGFC? What a way to finish the season and prepare for Premier next year.
These celebrations continued at our Annual Grand Final lunch – there was much to be happy about and this function is now an important part of our calendar. Thank you to the team behind its success.
We have also sought to expand our social media network, and I think this has been an outstanding success. Great kudos goes to Tommy Flanagan who is the key behind “Roving Flana’s” and the game day calling on MixLR – look out for more as we approach the new season.
The care we take with our players ; our trainers under the guidance of Rachel Cowdell, our Physio’s and of course our coaching group, all have the best interest of the players at heart – it is about growing them as players, but equally as people. Thank you to all concerned – I have absolute faith in what you all do.
Putting six sides on the park requires considerable effort, and just a little bit of money. So, to all our Sponsors, we couldn’t have achieved the success in 2019 without your help. Please have a look at our Sponsors page on the CGFC website and use their services when you can – we need to support them to!
Next year, we embark on our Centenary Year – 100 years of CGFC, an amazing achievement. Will Bowes has been Chair of our Sub Committee and has already created significant momentum. There will be many events and celebrations during the year where we will all be able to join together to enjoy this milestone, so watch out for these through the CGA and CGFC mail.
The culmination of our season was the Best and Fairest party on 11 October, where we celebrated individual achievements, game milestones, Life membership for Andrew Spittal for 200 games – what an effort! – and the Joe Avery Award presented to Gregory Lister. Gregory epitomized what the award is all about – giving selflessly to the Club across a range of activities and never looking for accolades – just doing what he was doing was enough reward. But it is this type of contribution that makes this Club great – thank you Gregory!
So here we are at the end of 2019 – our optimism fulfilled but leaving us thirsty for more success in 2020. Our planning has started, player retention and recruitment underway and the need to keep and expand our Sponsors high on the agenda.
Thank you to the Committee for their work over the year – now is the time to connect back in to the Club and show us your support.