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Welcome to Season 2021!

 

Training Update:

Welcome back to all players and supporters for 2021, we trust you and your family had a happy and safe Christmas break.

Now that the season is in full swing training for the men’s is on Tuesday and Thursday nights starting at 6pm at Ted Ajani Reserve. The women are training on Monday and Thursday nights starting at 6pm at Ted Ajani Reserve.  New players always welcome to come down.

We had strong numbers at training before Christmas and there is a real sense of anticipation and excitement around both the men’s and women’s squads. Please feel free to come down and support the teams at training and see how they are going for yourselves.  You will need to sign in and respect social distancing guidelines to adhere to our COVID Safe Plan but it would be great for the players and coaches to see past players and supporters taking an interest. The coaching group for 2021 is Jason Reynolds our Senior Men’s Coach, Wayne Murphy our Men’s Reserves Coach and assistant to Jason, and Steve Jackson our Senior Women’s Coach.

Further information about what’s happening at the Bullants can also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com\thebullants).

 

 

Message from the President:

Happy New Year everyone!

2020 was a year that I think all of us would like to forget. As a sporting club we were unable to take part in our great game, we were unable to mix socially, and we were hit financially. However, due to the hard work of our committee and the commitment of our playing group, we finished the year in a far better position than I feared we would back in April.

Highlights for me were the several successful virtual functions that we held throughout the year that enabled us to stay connected as a group, to have fun and to raise some much-needed funds; the support we received from our major sponsors, Sammic Australia and Toscano Plumbing who continued from 2019, and Forbes Grainger Financial Services who joined us in 2020.  Despite the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to their own businesses, they all stepped up to support the Bullants; and the hard work and dedication of our committee who continued to meet regularly throughout the year, working to minimise the impact of COVID-19 and planning for a return to training as soon as this was allowed. As a result, we were able to commence COVID-safe pre-season training soon after this was allowed in November.

As we head into 2021, I am excited at where we are as a club. We have a strong playing list in both the men’s and women’s squads and we have seen very encouraging numbers at our pre-Christmas training sessions. We have also assembled a strong coaching group for 2021 with Jason Reynolds continuing as Senior Men’s Coach after a successful first year in 2019. This year he is joined by club legend Wayne Murphy as Men’s Reserves Coach, with Murph also taking on a Senior Assistant Coaches role with Jason.

Finally, we welcome Steve Jackson as Senior Women’s Coach. Steve comes to us after a successful career with the Junior club, winning premierships in each of his last three seasons. Our committee continues to be a strength with all our committee from 2020 staying on and with two new members joining us. We have a good mix of current and past players as well as men and women, giving us a diverse group with varied ideas on how to continue the journey we started in 2019.

While COVID-19 will continue to present challenges in 2021, I am confident that we are on track to have a very safe, fun, and successful year. Pre-season training recommences this week and with contact training drills now allowed we will finally feel that footy is back. The Women’s draw has not yet been finalised; however, the Men get their season underway with an away match against Manningham Cobras on 10th April, a team that I do not think we have played before. The following week sees us lining up against Aquinas in what will be our first game at Ted Ajani in 20 months!

The coming year looks to be a great one for the Bullants and I encourage you all to get on board and enjoy the ride. If you can get down to Ajani even for one game we would love to see you – once a Bullant always a Bullant – stay to enjoy the camaraderie and reflect with us on past glories, help us renew the connection for our current group of players with the proud history of the Bulleen Templestowe Amateur Football Club.

I hope you and your loved ones stay safe in 2021.

Russell Wallis
President
Bulleen Templestowe AFC