Review of Last Season
Last year... the Year that Was
Senior Football Report 2016
SENIOR WINS: 15
SENIOR LOSSES: 3
LADDER POSITION (after home and away): 1st
An almost great year is, we think, an accurate description of our premiership defence in Season 2016. A few of the many positives were our Under 18.5 flag in Premier Division, a very competitive effort by our second Under 18.5 team (who had to deal with being elevated into Division 1) and our Thirds in making finals for the first time. Our Reserves went one better than last year and made a Preliminary final with a fantastic win over Strathmore in the first Semi-Final. In the juniors we had four premierships which was pleasing to see.
As a collective we have been building something special over the past few seasons and 2016 saw a real changing of the guard; our younger players became better players and leaders and we saw an immediate impact from our graduates.
Certainly, we had no luck with injuries, suspension and the 'usual' football challenges which we seemed to be able to avoid in our wonderful 'Premiers and Champions’ 2015 season. But, we can and must learn from the experience and turn it into a positive and that is our exciting challenge for next season and beyond.
We can't escape the reality that the seniors finished on top but lost two finals to eventual premiers Keilor. Congratulations to Luke Blackwell on winning the Competition Best and Fairest and Jackson Barrett who was runner up in the Reserves. Luke along with Brock Mclean, Ryan Allan and Josh Toy are also congratulated on making the EDFL team of the year. However, we would also like to acknowledge our junior section and their ongoing success this year, leading the next generation of players coming through our club. In 2016 we fielded 20 junior teams and approximately 400 players comprising 3 x U8, 4 x U10, 4 x U12, 4 x U14, 3 x U16 as well as our 2 x [inaugural] Girl's teams.
With the depth of quality players at our club, whether in in a development sense (great potential future contributors in our Reserves together with fantastic premierships in Under 18.5s and Under 16s) or in terms of our current ability to recruit and retain quality players and people who contribute both on and off field, we believe Aberfeldie is well placed to deal with the challenges ahead in 2017 which will also include the Salary Cap system for all clubs and the move to an odd-numbered competition across the entire junior sections (ie. U9s - U17s). These mechanisms bring us in line with all other metropolitan leagues.
7 October 2016