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 2017 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
OUR EXECUTIVE AND COMMITTEE FOR 2017
President: Dave O’Neill
Vice Presidents: Marcus Synnott & Jason Doyle
Treasurer: Trent Cowen
Secretary: Tracey Marriott
Dave Townsend, Damien Burnett, Matt Brereton, Cameron Wilcox, Mitch Direen, Rhys Jennings, Shane Clark, Luke Synnott, Phil Wilcox, Kerrie-lyn O'Neill, Brett (Nifty) Direen, Ollie Burke
Let's get behind these fine band of volunteers and help take our great Club forward in 2017.
Seniors: Ben Cato
Reserves: Matty Whitehouse and Ollie Burke
Southern Storm Colts: Matt Brereton Ass. Coach Tyler Cowen
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BEN CATO TO COACH 'THE PORT' IN 2017
Former Cygnet, Clarence and Richmond (Old Scholars Football Assoc.) star player and coach, Ben Cato, has been appointed as the Port Senior Coach for the 2017 season. Cato was born and bred in Cygnet and 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.
Ben relocated to Hobart to play with the Tassie Mariners Under 16 program and also joined the powerful Clarence Football Club, establishing himself as a regular senior player and winning a premiership with the Roos in 2006.
In 2009, Ben moved to Old Scholars Club, Richmond as Assistant Coach and was appointed Senior Coach in 2011, losing the Grand Final in his first year at the helm. He coached Richmond again in 2012 and other than a short stint back at Clarence, remained at Richmond as a player through to 2016.
Ben stated that he was really excited about his new Cygnet coaching role, “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”.
He 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”.
Ben 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 and shut quickly, so the challenge is there before us; it is up to us collectively as a Club to deliver’’.
Board member Wally Synnott said "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’’.
The Cygnet Football Club expresses our deepest sympathies to Kerry 'Taut' Direen, daughters Rebecca and Samantha and son Nathan on the sad passing of their loved wife, mother and grandmother, Pat (Patricia).
Taut is a much-loved and admired past player and supporter of the Cygnet FC and he also played for North Hobart and a Tasmanian representative side. Taut was a very handy cricketer and past player of the Slab Road Cricket Club.
Unfortunately Pat suffered from Motor Neurone Disease (MND), a very nasty disease which attacks the nerve cells controlling the body's muscles.
For those who don't know 'Taut', he is the brother of club stalwart Brett 'Nifty' Direen.
Our thoughts and best wishes go to all the Direen and Hyland families at this sad time.
Rest in Peace Pat
We support the Responsible Serving of Alcohol
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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Brett "Nifty" Direen's Football History Facebook page .... FootyHistory.com.flashbacks
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