Cygnet Community Bank Football Club
.....We are a rural Australian Rules Football club, based in the township of Port Cygnet in Southern Tasmania.
Our proud footballing history stretches back over 100 years. This is our website. Enjoy.
Major Sponsor ... Cygnet Hotel
We Acknowledge our 2016 Sponsors and Award Donors
Major Sponsor - The Cygnet Hotel ("Top Pub")
Naming Rights Sponsor - The Huon Valley Community Bank [Bendigo]
Associate Sponsors - Tascon, Duggans Pty Ltd, Southern Smash Repairs, Abel Labels, Cowens Drapery, B & T Glass, Cygnet Water Cartage, Cygnet Newsagency, Cygnet Building and Joinery, Festival IGA Everyday, Elite Painters, Robert Armstrong MLC, Mal's Hire and Hardware, Luke Synnott Excavations and Contracting and Aaron Gordon
Weekly Award Donors - Phillip & Loretta Wilcox [Wilcox Electrical], Bill Cribbin’s BP Cygnet, Roys Bits of Old Pizza, R & D Meats
SUPPORT THE PORT IN 2017
PRE-SEASON TRAINING KICKS OFF WEDNESDAY 30th NOVEMBER
Yes, it is that time of the year again!
Pre-season training will officially commence for the Cygnet Football Club at 6pm sharp on Wednesday the 30th of November. Mark it on your calendar.
Some light work will be followed by a BBQ, a couple of drinks and a meet and greet.
All past, present and prospective players as well as all supporters are encouraged to get along and meet our coaches and start the preparation for what will be an exciting 2017 season.
Players are reminded that training sessions have already commenced for those that are keen to get a little head start. These are being run by our very own personal trainer Josh from Focus Point and are being held in the new change rooms every Monday night from 6pm – a cost of $10 per person applies. These sessions are open to both the boys and the girls.
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BEN CATO TO COACH 'THE PORT' IN 2017
Former Cygnet, Clarence and Richmond (Old Scholars) star player and coach, Ben Cato has been appointed as senior coach for the 2017 season. Cato was born and bred in Cygnet, with the Cato name synonymous with the area. Few would not have heard of Cato’s Bay, where Ben’s grandparent’s home, close to his parents dwelling, stood high on the point above the beautiful Cygnet Bay. Ben’s family have a long involvement with the Club over the generations, and father Geoff, or “Spud” as he is commonly known, was a long time player, administrator and trainer for the Club.
Ben will be assisted by arguably one of the Southern Football League’s best players in Brayden Hayes. It is well known that Hayes was being targeted by a number of TSL Clubs, and Cato stated it demonstrated Hayes’ dedication to the Port, and endorses the committee’s direction for the Club through his re-commitment. Cato stated he cannot wait to start working and playing with Hayes during The Port’s pre-season and season proper.
The tough, talented and silky skilled Cato stated he had always wanted to play for his former home team, where he played junior football in the Mini-League through to Under 15’s and often doubling up for Cygnet’s Under 18 team in 2001. With his football prowess noticed early by Tasmanian talent scouts for the State’s Mariners Under 16 program, Ben relocated to Hobart where he joined the powerful Clarence Football Club in 2002. His ability, his high work rate and persistence would see him establish himself as a regular senior player, winning a premiership with the Roos in 2006, during the days of the SFL premier League. Ben played under some great coaches in his time at the Roos; Darren Winter, Nick Davie, and a season under current Carlton coach, Brendan Bolton. In 2009, Cato was lured as a playing assistant coach to Old Scholars Club, Richmond.
Ben was appointed senior coach at Richmond in 2011, losing the Grand Final in his first year at the helm. He went on to coach Richmond again in 2012, before heading back to Clarence for half a season, then heading back to the Old Scholars Club and playing last season under Coach, Alex Gilmour, narrowly losing the grand final to the strong University out-fit. From the writers’ observations, Ben leads by example, and is a coach who believes in players following their roles and direction, but believes delivery of those messages is the key to getting the best from everybody. ‘’I have my own defined coaching style – I’m not a ‘’screamer’’ so to speak – it is all about working for each other; identifying where we may be letting ourselves down, and ensuring we correct any deficiencies in our game plan and structure”.
Cato stated that he was really excited to get started in the role with training planned to commence in late November, including a player get-together and BBQ. He promised plenty of ball and gym work during this period, and stated he was thrilled to see a number of players already in the gym working hard to ensure improvement on the 2016 season. ‘’Seeing that assured me the prelim final loss really hurt and is burning deep in their stomach’s; they want to take that next step which is exciting!’’ It appears we will have very minimal losses in terms of players, and in fact, the club is expected to announce some really big signings over coming days and weeks. Retention of the list and ensuring continuing identified and established pathways for our juniors (the Southern Storm boys), will be a major focus’’.
‘’While I know a large number of the boys from living in Cygnet previously, I’ve been away for a long time, so it is about developing that strong trust and relationships that are so important to success. I know I cannot walk through the door and demand that success without setting the standards very high, and gaining the players respect first. I want us to pick up and improve on where we got to last season and ensure the boys understand that opportunities to play finals do not come around often - it does not just magically happen - but requires even further hard work and fitness to get into a top three spot again from where you can really launch a strong finish to the season”. Cato stated he was super-impressed with the Southern Storm concept, and also cannot wait to start working with both the Storm and Reserve coaching panel to ensure game plan consistency through the Club.
Cato admitted he had some game plan changes he would bring to the Club, but predominately he sees fast ball movement and consistency of delivery to the Port’s deadly forward line, containing twin-towers Ben Halton, Jason Laycock and champion veteran “Pud” Darcy, as being critical. “We need to make sure we are not leaving these guys fighting 3 or 4 opposition players, and our recruits will likely ensure that this will not be the case as all are pretty deadly around goal too” Ben added. “It’s not every day you get to have such a dangerous forward line like Cygnet has, so consistency of skills by hand and foot will be a high priority on the track, and in matches. The recruits we have signed will enable significant mid-field rotations and all will be dangerous players, both defensively and offensively, when resting” Cato stated.
Cato added he has been most impressed by the Club’s administration and that their professionalism played a major part in his accepting the senior coaching role from a strong field of candidates. “Wally Synnott has been great and I have had a good chat to President Dave O’Neill”. It’s a big commitment with a young family and the travel, but they have assured me the correct support processes are in place, and that is fantastic”. ’’The Club is in great shape both on and off field’’.
Cato stated if the sponsors, members and supporters thought that the Port were a great outfit to watch last season, he encourages everybody to get on board for what he describes as a super-exciting time for the Club. ‘’We are in a once in a life-time football opportunity window’’ they open & shut quickly, so the challenge is there before us; it is up to us collectively as a Club to deliver. I really want to show case the talent this great footy club and small country town has. I can assure everybody involved with the Cygnet Football Club that with your ongoing support we will play an exciting brand of football that will be well worth watching every week, and continue to attract big crowds and continue to bring the community together."
"I understand the significance of coaching the Cygnet Football Club, and while that brings some additional pressures and expectations, it’s a great privilege. I’m chomping at the bit to get stuck into it, and I know the boys are as well. We want to be a family Club, a successful Club, and a player destination Club which we now are, thanks to a lot of hard work’’, Cato concluded.
Board member Wally Synnott said of Cato’s signing "The Club is very excited to welcome Ben on-board for the 2017 season. Ben's leadership qualities on and off the field as well as his wealth of experience will prove invaluable as the Port charge toward the 2017 season. His dedication and commitment will provide the Club with a renewed excitement and a game plan that is sure to turn a few heads. We warmly welcome Ben and his family back to the Club and wish him every success’’.
MANY THANKS TO GAV AND SHANE
The Cygnet Football Club wishes to acknowledge the contribution of Gav Quirk and Shane Clark as our Senior and Reserves Coaches respectively over the past couple of seasons. Both keenly took on the significant task of rebuilding our playing group and improving the on-field performance of our Senior and Reserve teams, who both had been languishing on or near the bottom of the ladder in recent seasons. It was also significant that it was Gav’s first Senior coaching role and Shane’s first foray into coaching.
Certainly season 2015 was a real challenge for both men, as a shortage of players meant the promotion of some of our younger players who may not have been quite ready for senior level football, and the frequent calling on retired players to help make up the numbers. Despite these challenges, Gav and Shane were able to improve on the previous year’s results.
Expectations were high for 2016 with the club’s recruitment efforts welcoming several local boys back into the fold, boosting both the enthusiasm and numbers of players keen to pull on the Port jumper. In what was a significant and exciting season for the Club, the Reserves narrowly missed out on the finals whilst the Seniors gamely fought through to the Preliminary Final, losing by 20 points to the eventual Premiers, Claremont.
Shane’s contribution off the field has also been massive, heading up the Club’s Social Committee which has successfully organised some of the most enjoyable and well-attended social functions in many years.
Both Gav and Shane should be proud of their playing and coaching efforts and the important roles they have both played in rebuilding the on-field performance of our great Club.
Thanks guys and best wishes in your future football endeavours.
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2016 Team photos are now available, see Team Photos 2016
The Cygnet Football Club would like to thank Tanya Challice Photography for taking the three team photos and the player headshots located above the bar for the 2016 season (must have been some great software to get some of those heads looking so good). Tanya has also taken the two previous seasons photos for the Club. Tanya has kindly donated this Professional Service to the club free of charge. Please contact Tanya for your next Professional Photo Shoot. Her website is www.tanyachallice.com.au
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