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A message from the President

Hi All

The season is now five weeks old and it is a good time for us to reflect on where we are at. We have four teams up and running for the first time in a number of years and the signs are positive that the club is on the improve. We have attracted a number of new players to the club to replace the inevitable turnover from one season to the next which is especially good for the Reserves side which struggled for numbers early in the year. In Round 5 they fielded a full roster of 22 players which enabled player coach Michael Popovski to coach from the boundary rather than the field for the first time. With the increased numbers and the stability that this brings we should see the Reserves become far more competitive over the coming weeks. Our Under 19s have had their first win and our Senior Women have won their last two games after three close losses to start the season. Our Senior Men’s side sit 5th on the ladder with a 3 and 2 record and look well placed to challenge for finals this year.  The way they have fought back late in a couple of games to gain important wins is especially pleasing and shows a determination to win and to fight for each other, the coach and the club.

Off field, last Saturday saw us hosting our annual Past Players function where we were entertained by Campbell Brown, past Hawthorn and Gold Coast player. A good sized crowd were treated to a great day and were regaled by Campbell with stories and insights from a his AFL career. His open and honest responses to questions ensured that everyone was left in no doubt as to his opinions on a wide variety of issues. If you weren’t able to get to the function, find someone who was there as I’m sure you will find their recollections of the day very interesting.

Our 1979 Triple Premiership reunion is also fast approaching with the big day set down for Saturday 20th July. An email newsletter will be sent our shortly with details of this function however make sure that you keep this date free. As we all know, a single premiership is difficult to achieve so to be able to win three of them one season is outstanding and something that we should celebrate long and hard.

We have a few notable player milestones coming up. This Saturday, 18th May, sees Anthony Lucisano playing his 200th Club game and Saturday, 25th May sees both Dave Florance and Bill Tourogianis celebrating 300 Club Games, only the 6th and 7th players to achieve this feat in our 46 year history. However, not only will Bill be playing his 300th Club game, it will also be his 279th Senior Game meaning he will surpass the great Dean “Kenyan” Matthews as the Bullants Senior games record holder. This is an unbelievable achievement and the commitment and effort required to achieve it is staggering. We will be playing away at Glen Eira for these games and I hope that as many past players as possible can get along to the game to help recognise this achievement. We then intend to convene back at the clubrooms from 7.30pm to reflect on the outstanding careers of both Dave and Bill.

 

Kind Regards,

Russell Wallis – President, Bulleen Templestowe Amateur Football Club