A New-look Board was elected at a well attended AGM on Wednesday night 15 October.
Into the Board we welcome two very experienced local football identities Matthew Brereton and David O'Neill. Matty and Dave will bring much welcomed vision and administrative knowledge to help the Cygnet Football Club negotiate a challenging year ahead ... The football landscape in Southern Tasmania is undergoing yet more upheaval and the current Board has the unenviable task of creating solutions which will ensure a healthy footballing future for our local young sportmen.
Pip Townsend and Mike Wood stepped down from their positions ... they will continue their other traditional roles in the club. We thank them for their extra roles on the Board over the past 2 years.
Jason Doyle, Brett Direen and Marcus Synnott continue as Board members.
This year's meeting was noteable for the attendance and strong participation by a group of senior players.
Life Membership Awarded
This year a Life Membership of the Cygnet Football Club has been awarded to Loretta Wilcox.
Loretta was welcomed into the small band of life members who are recognised for their service above and beyond the average. However Loretta, in her acceptance speech gave full recognition to the efforts of all the loyal supporters who dedicate their time and effort in helping our club survive and prosper.
Leading Goalkicker Trophy Renamed
To recognise the achievents of Micheal "Pud" Darcy, the club senior goal kicking award has this year been renamed in his honour. Pud is without question the best full forward this club has produced in the modern era. Previously named the Jim Welsh Memorial Leading Goalkicker Award after an undoubted champion of yester-year, the Board of the Cygnet Football Club decided to rename the award the 'Micheal "Pud" Darcy Leading Goalkicker Trophy'. Apologies to the Howard and Welsh families who between them produced several generations of champions.. and congratulations to Micheal Darcy who has thrilled us with a decade of inspirational goal-kicking.
All Cygnet Football Club supporters and players can help fund our club into the future.
If you are thinking of setting up a new internet deal or other telephony service.
1. Go to Telstra store Elizabeth Street Mall
2. Mention your connection to the Cygnet Football Club.
TELSTRA will reward the club $25 or $50 depending on your deal.
This is a great opportunity for the footy club particularly for those members that have access to the NBN via the fixed wireless option. For example 20 NBN connections generates the footy club with $1000.00.
Other telephony deals outside the NBN also generate income .
$50 for each connection: New NBN connection (fixed wireless or fibre)
$25 for each connection: New Post Paid Mobile
New ADSL Internet
New BigPond Wireless Internet
New Landline New Bundle
Cygnet Football Club
Mourns the untimely passing of two of our community.
And a Past Player.
David Arnol: David has been a good friend and supporter to the club. He has helped out with several volunteer roles over the years, in recent seasons running the stubby bar on game days. David passed away unexpectedly at home. He will be sadly missed as a good friend and absolute gentleman.
Richard Harvey: Richard's two boys James and Adam are recent past players. Richard put in many hours as a volunteer and was an entertaining member of the kitchen crew on many Thursday nights. Richard died unexpectedly whilst on a business trip overseas.
Our thougts and prayers go out to the families of David and Richard.
Keith "Pecker" Woods: Pecker was a very talented footballer who played alongside Johnny Clifford and others of that era .... the real glory years of Cygnet dominance of the HFL. Pecker played in a couple of senior Premierships. His son Justin was draughted to Geelong.
Cygnet ‘Community Bank Football Club’
2013 Season Summary
With a new Major Sponsor in Scott and Helen Turnbull from the Cygnet ‘’Top’’ Hotel and a new Naming Rights Sponsor in the Bendigo Bank, things were off to a good start for the Club for the 2013 season. With the early reappointment of Club and Senior coach Matthew Tyrrell, the Club was looking for an improved season across the board.
A lot of hard work was done off the field with Matt and Daniel being able to recruit some handy players in the off-season; none more so than Club champion Michael ‘’Pud’’ Darcy and young emerging star Sammy Dean. With really good consistent numbers at all pre-season training runs, things started well. Mark “Choppa” Bradley was re-appointed to the Reserves role while Tyler Cowen made Club history by being one of the youngest coaches to take the reins of the young Colts team whilst recovering from a major knee injury.
....started the season fairly brightly with some early victories over Sorell and Lindisfarne then a nail-biting win over Huonville in Round 5 at Cygnet. In the following rounds, while we did sustain the odd occasional heavy loss, we were always competitive in most games played.
Similar to 2012, it became clear by mid-season that we would most likely be fighting for 5th spot in the finals if all went to plan. We actually won three games in a row during the season; something not achieved for some time however other sides around us seemed to upset their rivals to make it hard for us to break free of the pack. Consequently, in a nail-biting final few rounds, we disappointingly ended up finishing 7th; however we showed significant improvement by defeating every side that made the final five except the New Norfolk Eagles; and even then at Cygnet it was only a 36 point loss. It was an improved season and we are sure we can build on that in 2014.
....started very slowly winning only 1 of their first 5 matches making it hard from that point onwards. The Reserves always seemed to struggle for numbers all season, and often had to rely on retired players or Colts to field a full side. They were still thereabouts to grab an unlikely finals spot, however the sides above them had better numbers and a bit too much class to see them finish 6th in a pretty good effort in the finish, and not that far away from making the final five.
....were again very young and in another development year, with players as young as 13 & 14 representing the side some weeks. Their development and endeavour was admired by the Club, all supporters and I’m sure the opposition, even though they often sustained very heavy losses, and sometimes played with bare numbers to make a team. Through all this, they never once forfeited a match, something to be very proud of, but the best was to come with a great win over Brighton in the very last game of the season. The boys were ecstatic as was Tyler and his support staff! Another positive was 3 or 4 boys being elevated to play senior footy, so it was not a wasted season, and we were extremely proud of how the side represented our Club, and the spirit shown weekly.
Congratulations to our Best & Fairest winners
......for the 2013 season – Adam Duggan – Seniors; Shane Clark – Reserves and Jakeb Dean – Colts. All three players have had great seasons and are very worthy recipients.
Adam Duggan’s dominance of Club awards extended to the prestigious Synnott Brothers trophy in an outstanding season by one of the best back-men going around.
We congratulate Ben Halton who kicked 88 goals for the senior side to win the Association Award while “Pud” Darcy with 40 celebrated his 1,000th senior goal for the Club in the very final match against Brighton. ‘’Pud’’ is a Club champion and it will be a record that will most likely to be a long standing one - well done big fella! Dillon Davie with 31 had another very consistent season with the Port.
The ever-green come-back kid Daniel Walter with 25 was the Reserves leading goal-kicker closely followed by ‘’Sticksy’’ Clark with 23. In the Colt’s, goals were hard to find each week, but Aaron Dance with 10 and Matty Coulson with 8 kicked the majority.
We would like to thank Matt Tyrrell for coaching the Senior side this season and providing pathways for our Colts players into senior football ranks. Matt’s work both on & off the ground this season was outstanding, and often beyond the call of duty.
We also thank Daniel Walter who did a sterling job with his assistance provided to Matt on the side-lines.
“Choppa” and Timmy Bone did a great job with the Reserves often under difficult conditions while Tyler was brilliant in his first year of coaching; speaking well and always providing encouragement that was finally rewarded.
We should not forget all our players who year in year out are loyal to the Port and love to play for the jumper to put on a spectacle for our supporters – well done boys! We also thank our recruits who blended in so well.
Support Staff and Volunteers
We must acknowledge our dedicated Team Managers in Damien Steele (Seniors), Marc Gregory (Reserves) and Jordan Marchant, Corey Shaw and Dave Bone who all shared this important job for the Colts, including our runners for the respective sides during the season.
I would like to thank our small but dedicated and hard-working Board and all respective official officers for their support, encouragement and advice throughout the season. A special mention must be made of all our wonderful medical staff and Dr John Wilkins, Laurie, Austin etc for the treatment and rehabilitation of our players on a weekly basis.
I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to all the wonderful volunteers (too many to mention in this article – but you all know who you are) who help us keep the Club viable on a weekly basis. To our wonderful dedicated and loyal sponsors and award donors (see below) – thank you; your support is so important in the survival of a small but passionate country football club.
We also thank our loyal supporters who have stuck by us this season and seek your renewed support again for the 2014. I would like to thank SFL President Kyron Johnston. Kyron, Dan, Madeleine and Ben have brought continued professionalism and enthusiasm to the SFL and only strengthened its standing in the football community.
To the media, in particular Maureen Oates and the Huon News who provide outstanding support to all SFL Clubs on a weekly basis – thank you Maureen. We thank Dr John with his great work on updating our website at www.cygnetfc.com.au<http://www.cygnetfc.com.au> and Brett “Nifty” Direen for his work with the notes and player profiles for the Huon News and Football Record each week even after moving to Victoria.
A special mention must go to Pip Townsend, Phil Wilcox and Trent Cowen for their respective contributions and many personal hours given.
Also, to John, Ken and Melanie from Priority Promotions who put the records together, often under difficult circumstances and deadlines. It would be remiss of me not to thank all the Tribunal members who undertake a very difficult but important role for the league. We also thank the umpiring fraternity who without their dedicated members, we would not be able to play the game we all love each Saturday.
The Port now looks forward to the 2014 season as look for our up and coming youngsters to take the next step into Senior football as all three sides continue to strive for improvement.
On that note, we congratulate the Cygnet Mini-League and southern Storm & Colin Duggan and Cam Ashlin for another great season. What a great concept.
With recent changes surrounding the make-up of State-Wide League, it will be interesting to see the structure of the SFL next season. It is imperative the Board and Clubs get it absolutely right moving forward, and we are confident that will occur.
Congratulations to all Association Award winners especially our own goal-kicking machine Benny Halton and the very best of luck to all sides participating in today’s Grand Final’s. May the best teams win! See you all in 2014.
Don’t forget our Dinner & Trophy Presentation night on Saturday 21st September at the Carmel Hall to wind up the season. Tickets must be pre-purchased so please call Brigid Wilcox on 0437 002 960 or Elli Dance on 0459 256 026 to secure your seats. Please note no door sales!
Brett Direen (B & T Glass) (Chairman) On Behalf of Cygnet Football Club Major, Naming Sponsors & Weekly Award Donors Sponsors & Award Donors
Sponsors We thank our Major Sponsor the Cygnet (Top) hotel and our naming rights sponsor the Bendigo Bank. Other sponsors who have helped keep the Club viable for many years through their loyalty include: Duggans Pty Ltd, Cunic Homes, Abel Labels, Cowens Drapery, Cygnet Glass, Festival IGA Everyday, Cygnet Water Cartage, Southern Smash Repairs, Cygnet Newsagency, B & T Glass, Aaron Gordon Award Donors include: R & D Meats, Wilcox Electrical, Top Pub, Damien Steele, Cribbin’s BP, Devour Take-Away, Double Delight Bakery, Roy’s Bitz of Old Pizzas. Your unquestionable support and loyalty as always is greatly valued and appreciated. Support those who support us!
Condolences The Club is very sad to hear of the recent passing of both Richard Harvey and Dave Arnol.
Dave is a past committee member and a regular and valued volunteer, who often worked the stubby bar for the Club each Saturday at home games. We pass our condolences to all the Arnol families on Dave’s sad passing. He was a real character and great bloke we will miss about the Club. RIP Dave!
Richard was a great supporter, and loved to get along to watch sons James and Adam play during their footy days. Richard will be missed in the Cygnet community especially by the Tennis Club and farming and fruit-growing community. We pass our deepest condolences to Barbara, James and Adam including the extended Harvey families on his passing. RIP Richard.
Congratulations to our Colts team who came from a seemingly impossible position at the end of the first quarter to well and truly put Brighton to bed.
Good to hear you guys belt out the club song after the game. You did us proud throughout the year and we saw boys grow into men. We are confident that many of you can make it in senior ranks in years to come .. the spirit you showed this year is the basic ingredient for success.
RESERVES As it Happened
The Reserves fell over the line by a single point after an entertaining game which started with the two come-back kids Jamie and Daniel kicking some great early goals but fading as old men do to leave the winning of the game to the efforts of the mercurial Elliot Ross and his midline compatriots. Elliot has all the attributes of a born-again T-Bag and if interested in putting in a big pre-season is going to be the next "one to watch".
SENIORS As it Happened
The Seniors turned it on again. Pud kicked his 1000th, Benny a cool dozen despite spending half the day on the backline and around the ground. Jules Direen finished a great season with another dependable display and the Brereton boys showed again the toughness they are making their own trademark. Chicken continued his purple patch to be yet again close to best on ground and Adam Duggan ... well what do you say.
So ends a season marred by serious injury to so many top players yet so full of entertaining games and wins against every side in the comp bar New Norfolk.
For those players turning their thoughts to next year.. remember .. the culture of this club is without peer. Our club needs your ongoing support and comradeship. Long live the Port.
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