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Flinders Park FC Red Alert - PREMIERSHIP EDITION 2019
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The sun was shining at Richmond Oval on Saturday 14 September, but not quite as brightly as our B and C grade footballers were! Congratulations to coaches Jarrod and Phil, and all the players and support staff, on becoming PREMIERS again in 2019. We currently field 5 senior teams at Flinders Park, and to have 3 of them Premiers (B/C Grade Men and A Grade Women) - and the other two (A grade and Under 18.5) finishing third in 2019 is an outstanding achievement. Plans are well underway for season 2020 and hopefully adding a long awaited A grade Premiership cup to the growing collection at Hartley Road.

The B grade are back to back Premiers - 3 in the past 4 years - and to give you some indication of player turnover there is only one player that has played in all four Grand Finals in a row, and two that have played in the 3 flags - Josh Keain and Tom Cousins. Coach Jarrod Morris would have to be one of the best and most well prepared reserve grade coaches in any league of football, and full credit to him on ensuring this prolonged period of success while still focussing on developing our footballers - many of our A grade team now have played in these Grand Finals. Well worth noting is the average age of the team on the day - 21.5 years old (just 4 players over the age of 22)! That age bracket makes us the envy of the competition and shows we have great depth in our ranks, and the 6 youngest in the team (Abbott, Baker, J.Fazzalari, Camacho, Macro and Smart - all 19 and under) have already had a taste of A grade football and will add to that in the coming years.

The C grade have now won 3 in a row, and have an excellent blend of youth and experience in the side that came to the fore in the big games. With no less than 3 former A grade captains running around (Keatley, Visser, Baldwin) as well as solid former A graders including Daniel Ford, Mick Demant and this year's CG Tideman medallist Jay Collins providing excellent leadership to the group, it's no wonder they were able to bounce back from a Qualifying Final defeat and knock off the very fancied Golden Grove. If coach Phil Webb had hair it would certainly be a little greyer after last Thursday's marathon selection, and it should be noted that all 62 players that played in the C grade this year played their role in this success.

Apologies also to our Premiership women, with the incorrect best players appearing in last week's newsletter. The correct ones appear below, along with the full report on their success at the beginning of the month.

Our annual Presentation Ball takes place next Friday at Adelaide Oval, and once again we are overwhelmed at the support with over 180 attendees booked in advance to make the event our biggest ever yet again. Tickets are no longer on sale but the poster is at the bottom of this email for all attendees, and we will see you at 7pm sharp to celebrate season 2019!

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

Div 3R (B Grade) PREMIERS

GRAND FINAL - Sat 14 September
Flinders Park 7.7.49 def Old Ignatians 4.8.32

Best Players:
M. Smart, J. Stevens, C. Muirhead, J. Stott, J. Macro

Goal Kickers:
E. Abbott 2, M. Smart 2, C. Muirhead 2, J. Macro

Never in doubt! Well, when they got within a goal in the last I reckon there was a few nervous supporters around the ground… It got tight but it was also a Grand Final, so it should! What we have done all year is what we did again; we back ourselves and we have confidence that no matter what, the belief is we can do it and we do it as a team. You think back to the 2nd Semi, we were down by 7 points with 3 minutes to go, we still won.

Great players play well when the game is tense. Mitch Smart and Clay Muirhead really held their cool up forward and hit the scoreboard when it was needed most. I felt a sea of supporters lift when Mitch had the ball out on the boundary near the 50 just near the scoreboard. We were only a goal up at the time and Mitch turned his player inside out and ran with the ball down the boundary toward an open goal, had choices to pass off or kick it himself on tight angle, never looked like missing. The crowd noise was deafening and that was the sealer we needed to win the game. Muirs made sure of it in the dying minutes! Mitch a deserving best on in the GF, much to the delight of Jess as she made the bet to pay for all his drinks all night if he was named best! Good girl. Our back 6 as always with Pearlo, Zaine, Kanga, Paz, Will and Johnny made life difficult to score for Iggies. It’s been our strength all year. Kanga and Johnny are big game players, The GF is no exception. Kanga popped his shoulder in the first and refused to come off, played a great game again. Johnny’s run off half back set us up.

Ethan at CHF played a vital role on such a large ground, kicking 2 himself - also the Captain of this years Colts side, plenty of senior football ahead of this kid. Josh Fazzza and Angus Baker also colts made their mark on the senior stage, what an experience. Jason Stott gave Zille plenty of support, both payed a vital role in the midfield as did Chad Mayes and Jake Macro as they have done all year, with Daddy type figure Josh Keain creating contest after contest giving our mids fist touch all day.

I could go on and on and on, all played well would be easier…! This win was for the players as they took the opportunity given and made it their reward an emotional roller-coaster but what a great feeling!

Gone but not forgotten and will be moving forward a great support to me and my role at Flinders Park - cheers Kenners for all your support. I am sure it doesn’t end here. Looking forward to your mentorship in years to come. My success has been driven by your vision, look where we are now. We now have plenty of kids no older than 22 that have already played more than 50+ senior games of football and most if not all of them have felt the success of a senior premiership, big thumbs up!

Phil Webb, you suck! But seriously, since we both started we now have 3 premiership cups each, nice work!
- Jarrod Morris (Coach)

Div C3 (C Grade) PREMIERS

GRAND FINAL - Sat 14 September
Flinders Park 5.6.36 def Golden Grove 4.7.31

Best Players:
J. Keatley, A. Jenkinson, S. Visser, L. McDonald, D. Ford

Goal Kickers:
N. Francesca 2, J. Baldwin 2, J. Collins

Grand Final week saw the weather warm up, and training was very upbeat. Selection was the toughest I recall with some 8 players missing out, and that certainly was taxing on Craig Telford and myself. I know it is often said, but it does take many players to make a successful season, and these guys were all excellent contributors through the season, where 60 players pulled on the C grade jumper.

Grand Finals are often tough low scoring games, and this was no exception, in a very even contest. Only one goal was scored in the 1st quarter. We thought the game would open up on the huge Richmond Oval with our speedsters like Brett Russell and Nic Burton, but Golden Grove worked very hard, and just wouldn’t go away. We went into half time with 2 late goals and some momentum to  be 1 point down.

In the 3rd quarter we were outscored 1.1 to 2.3, and there were some very concerned coaches in red. We asked for 22 minutes of effort at 3 quarter time, and Sid Visser led a final quarter to be remembered. We prided ourselves on our pressure all year, and we put on 2.3 to 1 point. The ball was locked down in our forward pocket for about 4 long minutes, to take out a gutsy 5 point win.

Justin Keatley was judged best afield at Centre Half Back, and anything he didn’t spoil, he marked. Anthony Jenkinson finished off a brilliant return from injury and his rebound off half back was awesome. The onballers enjoyed the ruck work of Alex Stearne and Adam Noyce, and Daniel Ford showed his grit and determination as he has done over many years, winning the adoration of all reds players and supporters. Jay Collins covered kilometres of territory to provide contests, kicked a goal, and capped a brilliant season where he won the association medal.

Joel Baldwin kicked 2 goals, with the final goal sending the Reds players, coaches and supporters into celebration mode. The other main goal scorer with 2 was Nick Francesca who has named himself The Iceman, with no arguments from anyone.

With the C grade 3peat complete, everyone hydrated themselves well, flowing into Silly Sunday, which was great fun with all players including the Premiership Women’s team. A big congratulations to Jarrod Morris and the B grade, winning back to back flags.

I will finish the year off with a massive thank you to retiring club coach Dave Kennerwell. I appreciate all the support you have given me, and you always have kept your humour and smile through the good times and tough, cheers mate!

Well done the Reds, and I wish everyone the ultimate success in 2020. 
- Phil Webb (Coach)

A Grade Women PREMIERS

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

Best Players:
C. Flood, S. Morris, P. Pipinis, B. Koziura, L. Morris, H. Barnes, A. Stewart, N. Fazzalari

Goal Kickers:
B. Koziura 3, A. McNeill 2, P. Pipinis, M. Fowler, L. Walter, A. Stewart

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)

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

Junior Football Presentation Night
Friday 20 September
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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.

Tickets are now no longer on sale.
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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
Steve Winstanley
Senior Football Director
John Cousins
Funding Proposals, Girls Football and Netball
Carol Shard
Membership/Subs and Bar/Canteen
Dennis Turner
Social and Fundraising
Stephen Hansen
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Sam Snowdon

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