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Flinders Park FC Red Alert - 30 August 2019
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There is no better feeling than playing in September for footballers, and here at Flinders Park we are so very proud to have had ALL of our senior men and women playing finals as well as our Under 14 boys making it to the big dance last week. Unfortunately the Under 14 boys were hampered by some severe injuries but will put that one in the memory bank for next year, and we had our U18.5 Red and A grade bow out in Preliminary Finals in consecutive weeks to finish their seasons in third position. Senior Coach David Kennewell has chosen to step down from the position he has held since mid-2015, and the club is forever indebted to him for the remarkable cultural improvements he instilled both on and off the field - more on that below.

Now the good news - our Women's A Grade (affectionately known as the WAGs) capped off their stellar season to take out the Division 5 Premiership in their very first year! An unreal result, and hats off to all involved in getting this project off the ground - we believe it may have been a Fringe Garden discussion - early this year. The hard work and dedication has certainly paid off in spades!

Tomorrow we also have our B and C grade footballers battling it out to lift the Premiership Cups at Richmond Oval - the B grade aiming for back to back and the C grade for 3 in a row. Best of luck to all players and staff involved and we encourage all supporters to head along and create another 'Sea of Red' just as they did last year then join us at the club afterwards for a hopefully celebratory drink with the boys. Fixtures below.

There are just days remaining to secure your tickets to our annual gala Presentation Ball being held at Adelaide Oval on Friday September 28. The event grows bigger every year and the focus is on celebrating together away from the club rather than formalities, so we encourage all to attend and enjoy the hospitality. See the bottom of this email for full details and purchase your Ball tickets HERE. Ticket sales MUST FINISH by next Tuesday 17 September!

Keep your eye on the red, gold and blue via the Red Alert, our website, Facebook and Instagram.

A Grade Women PREMIERS

GRAND FINAL - Sun 1 September
Flinders Park 9.8 62 def Golden Grove 1.7.13

Best Players:
C. Piscioneri, K. Karafoulidis, I. Richards, L. Ridley, H. Sheldon
Goal Kickers:
C. Piscioneri 3, N. Viola 2, J. Pryor, K. Karafoulidis

This result is a credit to all the girls that played during the year and all support staff. Go back a couple of years and the club had no women’s football teams, and thanks to some tireless work by Dee Hudson and others we now have three and growing. This result would not have been considered 18 weeks ago when there was not enough under 18 girls to form a side and only a handful of older girls that wanted to play. 

Thanks to the Fringe and some encouragement from Carol and others to get the Netball girls to come on board and a team was formed with an age range of 17 to 30+. Most of these girls had not played football before this year and to see their development from the beginning of the season to this game is a credit to them. Their desire to learn, their enthusiasm for the game and to do it having fun made coaching this group an absolute pleasure. The girls deserve all the credit for this result but it also would not have been possible without the assistance of AJ and Paz who were there from the start and Platts who come on board with me during the year and of course the team manager of the year Suzie Cousins. Also, a huge thank you to the leadership group, Hannah Barnes, Ellen Minervini, Amy Stewart for your assistance and the mature girls for their support to the younger group. Every player, played well in Grand Final and all 31 players who qualified this year contributed to this result. However, I would rather reflect on the year rather than on one game. 

This team after round one were undefeated, and from then averaged 60points for, and 7points against. We had 7 players in the top 12 leading goal kickers including the leading goal kicker Britney Koziura with 24 and Alicia McNeill third with 17. We had 11 players poll votes, 7 players in the top sixteen votes and three in the top four with Natasha Fazzalari runner up. We also acknowledge the MVP for the Grand Final was Claire Flood. 

To all that attended the Grand Final thank you for your support and during the season. I am sure you will acknowledge that this team deserved the win and played with team work, skill and desire well above a team playing in their first year that came together only 18 weeks ago.

Well done girls you thoroughly earnt and deserved this result.
- Steve Winstanley (Coach)

Thank you David Kennewell

In emotional scenes following last week's Preliminary Final loss, Senior Coach David Kennewell announced his retirement from the role first to the players, then to our supporters at after match presentations. ‘Kenners’ has lived and breathed Flinders Park for many years, coaching our juniors as well as being a senior assistant before taking over the A Grade role in mid-2015. We have played A Grade finals in every full year of his tenure, and his influence has aided recent Premiership successes at B, C and Senior Colts levels.

The cultural impact he has had on our club has been enormous, and his passion for player development on and off the field has seen many of our junior players rise through the ranks to become quality footballers and great people also; setting the club up nicely for the future. Special thanks from all at Flinders Park to David, his wife Louise, sons Tom and Lachie, and all his support networks also. We wish him all the best and hope to keep him involved in a yet to be fully determined off-field role.

Football Results

FIRST SEMI FINAL - Sat 31 August
Flinders Park 16.10.106 def Golden Grove 9.9.63

Finishing 3rd at the end of the minor round has given us the second chance and after a much better performance against Old Iggies last week we spent a lot of time and energy planning for Golden Grove. Lat time Golden Grove came to Hartley Rd they ran over the top of us and dominated us in the last quarter. I have spoken about the how we have responded from these games and we need to continue to improve and believe that if our effort and attitude were strong then we have the talent to win. We lost the toss and kicked against a 4 goal breeze and half way through the term scores were level however we let them off the hook with a couple of poor decisions and undisciplined free kick to see us 3 goals down at quarter time.

We used the breeze to our advantage and in a tough second term went to the long break with a 2 point lead. In the room at half time we were very vocal and very driven to have a strong third quarter, the breeze was strong and we outplayed them and held a 6 point lead going in to the last term. We kicked the first goal in the last and this broke them and we finished the game with a 7 goal win. Our 3rd quarter set up the win to give us a another go at Old Iggies. We had a total team effort and the whole playing group and support team deserved this win.
- David Kennewell (Coach)
Best Players: L. Smith, J. Hansen, D. Blythe, J. Miller, J. West
Goal Kickers: C. Miller 4, J. West 3, D. Blythe 2, J. Carrocci 2, J. Ramsey, J. Hansen, L. Smith, L. Allmond, C. Seekamp

PRELIMINARY FINAL - Sat 7 September
Flinders Park 7.12.54 def by Old Ignatians 5.9.39

With a grand final spot and promotion to Div 2 on the line the players and coaches put in a lot of work in preparation for saturday. We have struggled against Old Iggies 18 man press in the past 2 games with the qualifying final a better performance but still couldn’t bridge the gap. We were competitive however we just couldn’t climb the mountain and lost by 2 goals. Our effort, attitude, determination and passion could not be questioned however our execution let us down at times and in a low scoring games they were able to capitalise on turnovers where we couldn’t.

I have been privileged to serve the club as Senior Coach for 4 1/2 years and have been helped by many hard working volunteers. I especially thank Brian Westbrook, Brett Featherby, Rickie Kelly and Simon Phillis who have assisted me and the A Grade team over the past 4 years. Thanks to Alan Schnaars (team manager), Brad Fitzgerald (Runner), Jamie Barianos and his team of medical staff and all of the senior coaching group. Thank you John Cousins and Peter Schueffle for your support and mentorship. Every person involved at FPFC only wants the club to achieve and we all have worked incredibly hard to re establish ourselves as a great footy club and look to push to higher divisions.

Thank you to all those supporters who have followed us with a positive attitude and have always been energy givers to our club, unfortunately there are those who choose to be negative and although you are a minority I hope you become part of the solution and not continue to be part of the problem. The board of FPFC have and continue to run this club incredibly well and need a community behind them. One Club.
- David Kennewell (Coach)
Best Players: A. Laudato, L. Fairall, L. Smith, S. Yiannicou, M. Thomson
Goal Kickers: L. Allmond 2, C. Miller, L. Fairall, T. Starkey-Treloar

B GRADE (Division 3R)

SECOND SEMI FINAL - Sat 31 August
Flinders Park 10.10.70 def Golden Grove 9.10.64

Finishing top gave us the well needed week off as we had some pretty sore and tired players from the season end. Golden Grove beat Iggies in the Qualifying Final meaning we knew we had a very tough game on our hands, the game delivered that’s for sure, could have gone either way but credit to our young brigade, stuck in there and managed to hold out till the end. They kicked one with less than 30 seconds on the clock so it was never in doubt giving us another week off as we jump straight through to our 4th consecutive GF in a row.

Jake Macro gave Golden Grove everything they tried to give, it was a physical game as expected from Grove but we had the players to match it. Josh Keain had his best game for the year giving our midfield first touch, creating contest after contest as noted by the best players, Lachie Cunningham and Jake Macro sure made the most of it. Clay Muirhead took a quarter to get going but his last 3 were one touch brilliance, back to his best at the right time of the year. As always our back 6 held up and when Stevens copped a dirty knock in the second, Mitch Smart stood up and filled the hole down back. One of those games where all played well, win by 6 goals or 6 points, who cares, we got there and it’s a credit to all involved. The GF is all about the players now, it’s time to have some fun, relax and let the scoreboard take care of itself. What was great was the playing list, we only had 4 players over the age of 22 and 4 players that could have played Colts that took the field!  

Looking forward to next week, see you all there!
- Jarrod Morris (Coach)
Best Players: J. Macro, J. Keain, L. Cunningham, J. Kennedy, C. Muirhead
Goal Kickers: L. Cunningham 2, J. Stott 2, A. Fazzalari 2, E. Abbott, J. Camacho, C. Brooke, J. Fazzalari

C GRADE (Division C3)
FIRST SEMI FINAL - Sat 31 August
Flinders Park 8.11.59 def Plympton 4.5.29

The local Derby of late, and both sides like to dislike each other. It was quite a windy day, and we did well to be 3 points up at the first break. Scott Thompson was cutting of everything in defence, and had some help from his mates back there. Alex Stearne (back with us after injury) with Noycey gave us excellent service and we kicke 7 goals 5 to no score, which basically took the game away from Plympton.

Plympton did make some inroads in the 3rd quarter, then we finished the game off for a comfortable 30 point win. Anthony Jenkinson showed his class and racked up many possessions, and rarely missed a target.

After the loss to Old Iggies the week before, we were all keen to get another crack at them in the Prelim final. It is still a hard road to get into the grand final again, but I sense all are committed enough to do so.
- Phil Webb (Coach)
Best Players: A. Jenkinson, G. Haklar, A. Stearne, J. Keatley, S. Thompson
Goal Kickers: J. Collins 3, S. Visser 2, L. McDonald, B. Russell, N. Burton

PRELIMINARY FINAL - Sat 7 September
Flinders Park 9.5.59 def Old Ignatians 5.8.38

We were yet to beat Old Iggies from 3 attempts, and with 5 extra scoring shots in the Qualifying loss, we had some confidence. The first half was a great battle, and we were 5 points down at half time, thanks to our straight kicking, and their inaccuracy.

We came out in the 3rd quarter, dominated and you could see our confidence rising. Daniel Ford led by example, and signified his desperation in running down and tackling in the goal square that looked a certain goal. Luke McDonald was dangerous and clever as usual on either foot. Captain Snowy did plenty of solid work in the middle, and the experienced brigade in Keatley and Haklar played pivotable roles.

We have reached the Grand Final again, but took the harder road this year, but I don’t think it will have any negative effect. We will again go into the game, knowing our best is good enough, and we are the only team to have beaten Golden Grove this year. Let's ensure we prepare well, and give ourselves the best chance possible to bring home the flag.
- Phil Webb (Coach)
Best Players: D. Ford, L. McDonald, A. Jenkinson, J. Keatley, S. Snowdon
Goal Kickers: M. Demant 3, J. Collins 3, S. Visser 2, A. Stearne

SENIOR COLTS (U18.5 Red)
PRELIMINARY FINAL - Sun 1 September
Flinders Park 7.5.47 def by Goodwood Saints 7.7.49

After a disappointing loss to Golden Grove the week before, the boys were looking to bounce back with some positivity this week. A loss meant the season was over, a win meant we would be playing in the Grand Final the following week. It was the biggest game of the year so far and it was always going to be tight, just like every other time we played Goodwood.

We got off to an OK start, kicking against the breeze we were down by 4 points at quarter time. Given it was a 2 goal breeze, this was a positive result. In the second quarter the boys showed their skills and fight and went in to the main break in front by 3 points. A few disappointing efforts and one goal in particular really cost us that quarter, but the lead at half time was well deserved.

The second half continued much the same way as the first. It was an incredibly tight tussle and both teams had opportunities to win the game at different points. We kicked 2 goals and 4 points in the second half, and Goodwood kicked 3 goals 3. Our missed chances weren’t the deciding factor, but they certainly didn’t help. Unfortunately the final siren rang with us down by 2 points, an incredibly bitter pill to swallow considering the very similar result the week before.

The disappointment in the rooms after was enormous and it was obvious we had missed a golden opportunity to do something with our season. I don’t think there’s any doubt that we should have been playing the following week, but that’s football sometimes.

Cosi Piscioneri has been a shining light for us all year in the forward lines, and today he kept us in it the whole time. One of only a few players to play a full 4 quarter effort, Cosi finished the game with 3 goals and a clear best player award. Kris Karafoulidis continued his strong form to end the season, kicking a clutch goal in the last quarter to keep us in with a chance. Izak Richards, Luke Ridley and Harry Sheldon have been consistent performers all year and today was no different.

I would just like to take this moment to thank the playing group for a season that I really enjoyed. It was my first attempt at coaching and I can’t wait for 2020. Jacob Fuller has been huge as my assistant coach, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you. Pat Viola has volunteered his time every week as my team manager and did it perfectly. Daniel Graney was my runner and I really appreciate him coming out every week, you did a terrific job Grainos! Here’s to playing in the last game of the season in 2020!
- Joel Baldwin (Coach)
Best Players: C. Piscioneri, K. Karafoulidis, I. Richards, L. Ridley, H. Sheldon
Goal Kickers: C. Piscioneri 3, N. Viola 2, J. Pryor, K. Karafoulidis

A milestone that slipped quietly by on Semi Final weekend was our Reserves Coach Jarrod 'Jezza' Morris taking the helm for the 100th time in his team's win over Golden Grove to book a place in tomorrow's Grand Final. Jarrod is a great motivator and his passion for Flinders Park football and player development is unmatched. It is certainly no fluke that many of the players in our A grade side now sharpened their skills and understanding of the game with his guidance through the reserves. Since taking charge in 2015 he has a remarkable win/loss ratio of 82%, with finals wins in every season and the past four grand finals including tomorrow. Jezza and the B grade are now aiming for their third Premiership in four years and we wish them all the best in lifting another cup!
Commiserations to our Under 14 footballers who had a great season but unfortunately lost in last week's Grand Final. The boys were hampered by some severe injuries to star players but their fighting spirit shone brightly on the day and each and every one can be proud. We have a special crop of juniors coming through at Flinders Park - onwards and upwards for 2020!

Junior Football Coaches Required for 2020

Junior Football Coaches in 2020
Applications are open for Junior Coaches in season 2020

Email: junior.football@fpfc.com.au by Sunday 29 September 2019

http://fpfc.com.au/football/junior-football/junior-coaches

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Upcoming Events

Division 3R and Division C3
GRAND FINALS

Saturday 14 September

Division 3R Grand Final
Flinders Park vs Old Ignatians
12.15pm @ Richmond Oval
Division C3 Grand Final
Golden Grove vs Flinders Park
10am @ Richmond Oval
Entry $15 (concession $5, children 15 and under are free)

Junior Football Presentation Night
Friday 20 September
Join the Facebook event to stay in touch!

Flinders Park Presentation Ball
Friday 27 September

Join the Flinders Park Football and Netball Clubs on Friday 27 September 2019 as we again take our 'Night of Nights' to the picturesque Adelaide Oval's Ian McLachlan Room to celebrate the year and reward our best performers.

SAVE THE DATE with full details on ticket sales and table bookings to be released over the coming months. Join the Facebook event to stay in touch!

Full events details are available on our WEBSITE and via FACEBOOK

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2019 FPFC Committee

President, Sponsorship and Cricket Director
Trevor Quaini
Chairman and Junior Football Director
Damien Gallacher
Secretary and Communications
Josh Keain
Treasurer
Nick Yiannicou
Senior Football Director
John Cousins
Funding Proposals, Girls Football and Netball
Carol Shard
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Dennis Turner
Social and Fundraising
Stephen Hansen
Merchandise and Maintenance
Sam Snowdon

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Upcoming Football Fixtures

Saturday 14 September
Flinders Park vs Old Ignatians
Division 3R (B Grade) GRAND FINAL 12.15pm
Flinders Park vs Golden Grove
Division C3 (C Grade) GRAND FINAL 10.00am
Richmond Oval (City Mazda Stadium)
$15 entry ($5 concession, under 15 free)

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