Message from the President (12 October 2016)

Yesterday the club lost one of its founding members when Jerry Griffiths lost his fight with cancer. Jerry was not only one of the key members who started our great club but he was also one of our most successful junior coaches. His work with the local youth was tireless and he was not only their football coach he was their mentor and taught them life skills and how to be good people. He touched the hearts of many people and was always there for a beer, if it was the right year or a coke if not, with anyone who wanted to talk junior football. Jerry had junior football in his heart right to the very end even when he was told his disease was terminal, he kept on coaching and did not want any fuss.

Jerry loved our club as much as we loved him. He will be irreplaceable but we will always remember him and it was only fitting we named the junior footballer of the year trophy after the great man. To Denise and his family our deepest sympathies are with you all and we no he will be sorely missed. To Jerry, mate your pain is gone and we promise to continue the work you started and I know you will be watching over us. Rest in Peace, until we meet again.

Ian Graham
President

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Message from the President (27 April 2016)

Last weekend was a very special weekend for the club.  It was not only our first home game of the season but the game fell on Anzac Weekend.  The Golden Grove Football Club not only has a strong military connection with current and retired serviceman amongst our membership but the facility is named after two local brothers who lost their lives in the First World War.  Robert and James Harper were born in 1893 and 1895 respectively and lived locally in Golden Grove.  Both boys were in the 52nd Battalion that fought at Montacute Farm near Possiers in France.  Unfortunately, they were both killed in action on the same day and their remains are buried in Villers Bretonneux a place in France that is classed as a small part of Australia.  The club is very proud to be associated to the Harpers boys and the 52nd Battalion of the Australian Forces.

The day was well supported by members and committee person Nick Gaudio designed a special Anzac Day playing jumper for the A Grade.  These jumpers were kindly donated by Mark Waugh of SEM and the jumpers were to be auctioned later in the day with all proceeds going to the local RSL (Returned and Services League of Australia).   The club also had medals cast for all three home games with each coach selecting his best player from the opposite side.  The medals were presented by 20 year Veteran of Army and Air Force, Alan Knowles, Retired Arm Bombardier, Steve Harris and Retired Naval Petty Officer Matthew “Doc” Holiday.  The following Golden Grove players won the medals:

C Grade – Alex Kuhndt
B Grade – Shannon Lower
A Grade – Todd Sheppard

Congratulations to all three players.  Unfortunately, the C Grade lost to Hope Valley but the B Grade had a strong win against Plympton.

Prior to the A Grade game we held our own remembrance service with Steve Harris reading the Ode and the players, including our junior players that were going to play a mini league game at half time of the A Grade game, lined up along the centre square for the Last Post and the National Anthem.  The ceremony was a very moving tribute to serviceman who had paid the ultimate price as well as showing a mark of respect to serviceman both past and present.

The A Grade put on a great display of football and ran out strong winners against Plympton giving the club their first A Grade win of the season.  At half time of the A Grade game the junior committee had arranged for a number of our young players to entertain the crowd with a game of Mini League football.  This was a great initiative by the junior committee and it was obvious both players and spectators enjoyed the football.

After the game John and Rose Tiss and their band of helpers supplied a great selection of meals and this was followed by senior presentations and then the auction of the A Grade playing jumpers.  Skye Tiss had arranged for Wally, Century 21’s Auctioneer at Mawson Lakes, to come to the club and conduct the Auction.  Wally made the sale of the jumper’s fun-filled with a number of members paying a little more than they expected but that was all in the fun of the night.  We were really pleased to raise $4500 for the RSL.

I would personally like to thank all the committee for the tireless efforts on Saturday, some committee members were working from 8.30 right throughout the day.  Special thanks to John and Rose Tiss, along with Rose’s sister and Ray and Mandy Lepka for supplying fantastic meals.  The club supply’s meals every Saturday and supply’s burgers on a Thursday after training.  Please come along and enjoy a meal on a Saturday and enjoy our senior presentations.

I would also like to thank the parents who ran the bar and canteen all day on Saturday and especially Alan Knowles and Ryan Graham for keeping supplies up.  I would also like to thank the junior committee for the great initiative of having mini league at A Grade games.  It was well organised and went down very well and I look forward to seeing many more games throughout the season.

Congratulations to all involved,
Ian Graham
President

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Letter to Members (19 December 2015)

Dear Members

You may be aware of the proposal to integrate all Metropolitan Junior Football Associations, being North Eastern Metro (NEMJFA), Metro South, Metro West & Southern League, under the direct governance of the SANFL. The Golden Grove Football Club has met with the SANFL to discuss the proposal and we, along with all the clubs affiliated with NEMJFA, with the exception of Hectorville FC, believe the proposal in its current form is not an acceptable outcome for our club and the development of our players. The Southern Football League Clubs have also decided like us to say no to assigning governance to the SANFL for 2016.

The proposed changes are many and vast, and the detail on what the future competition would look like was vague, and it was simply not possible to give it proper consideration in the time frame the SANFL wanted. At the forefront of our concerns include the SANFL’s direction to dissolve our current U6 & U7 competition, that the SANFL could at their discretion ‘cap’ team numbers and hence kids would be sent away from our Club, and the increased layers of bureaucracy diminishing our ‘voice’ or involvement in any key decisions that will impact our club and our players and members.

With the continued support of the NEMJFA executive and its affiliated clubs, we have informed the SANFL we will postpone any decision to hand over control of our competition to them for 12 months, with a commitment to work closely with the SANFL through the 2016 season with the aim to bridge the gaps in the proposed competition guidelines versus our preferred model in which we will be willing to support in a long standing partnership with the SANFL.

Through this process we will endeavour to keep our members updated.

Ian Graham
President

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President’s Mid-Year Report  (9 July 2015)

As the season approaches the half way point I thought I would bring our members up to date with where the club is heading this season. It has been fantastic to see so many juniors playing our great game this year and my thanks go to all our coaches and team managers for the tireless work in producing our next A Grade footballers. I regularly receive reports from the SANFL development squads and it was fantastic to see as many of our young footballers are playing at the top level. These achievements have been capped with Liam Skinner and Jake Adey gaining selection into the NEMJFA Under 16 Association side that played against a Victorian Junior Association at Central Districts last Sunday. The game was played with great sportsmanship and neither side could be separated with the final result being a draw. I was very proud to be informed that Lachlan Pascoe and Brad Matters two of our Under 15’s from last season making the State Under 16 side which is currently playing in Brisbane in the National Championships. Lachlan was also selected as vice- captain.

This week I have spoken to Daniel Menzel a former junior who is playing with Geelong. For those who may not know Daniel he has had a horror run with Injuries, having 4 knee reconstructions since 2011. In our conversation he told me that if he manages to get through training this week he will play his first game in 4 seasons for Geelong’s VFL side on Saturday. I am sure everyone will join me in wishing Daniel all the very best for his return. The honours have kept coming at our club this week with Matt Stent, one of our A Grade players, gaining All Australian honours in the Australian Amateur Under 23 National Championships held in Tasmania last week. Don’t forget to follow all our players currently playing in the AFL. They are Shane Edwards at Richmond, Trent Dumont at North Melbourne, Troy Menzel at Carlton, Cam Shenton at St Kilda and of course Daniel at Geelong.

Our A Grade is enjoying a good solid run at present and sit in 5th position in the SAAFL Division 3. With games against Pembroke, Old Iggies and Athelstone coming up I am sure they would enjoy all your support. A grade games start at 2.15 on a Saturday and follow our B Grade and we offer a full canteen and bar for your enjoyment. The boys have set their sights on a top 5 spot so to play finals and who knows what can happen from there.

Off the field the club is thriving and our committee have been working really hard to make sure your time at the club is as enjoyable as possible. It has been fantastic to see all the volunteer helpers in the bar and canteen and this has led to first class food being served to our members and our guests. The club offers meals on a Saturday evening from 6pm and we encourage all our members to come along with the family and have a great club night. Senior presentations are carried out at 7.15pm and the bar is open until late. We are always looking for more volunteers and if you would like to get more involved come and see me or Kate Grandey, we would love to hear from you.

Last Friday was a very difficult time in South Australia as we all woke to the breaking story that the Adelaide Crows coach, Phil Walsh, had been murdered by his son. The outpouring of grief around the State has been overwhelming and it was fantastic to see clubs from AFL to SANFL to our young players standing together in a minutes silence in respect to the memory of Phil. I am sure that many of our younger players did not fully understand the reasons for the black arm bands and the minutes silence but I was really impressed how our coaches explained these reasons and I had many calls from opposition clubs congratulating the coaches in the way they addressed the players.

In closing I would like to thank everyone for their support this season and I hope the second half of the year is as good as the first and after the happenings of last weekend I ask that you all remember to give your kids a hug and kids make sure you give mum and dad a big hug every day.

RIP Phil Walsh his legacy will live on throughout South Australian Football.

Ian Graham
President

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Welcome from our President (19 March 2015)

On behalf of the Golden Grove Football Club – WELCOME. The Golden Grove Football Club has a very short but solid history, which we acknowledge and respect with great pride.

Our senior group consists of 4 sides along with an Under 18 team. Last season was arguably our most successful since the club was founded. Our A Grade won the Division 4 Premiership, our B Grade won the Division 4 reserves Premiership and our C Grade were Runners Up in the Division 8 competition. This was also backed up with our under 18’s playing in their respective competition and our D Grade had a solid year in the division 8 reserves competition. There were many highlights throughout the season, but the selection of two of our A Grade in the Adelaide Crows SANFL squad has to be one of the best. Club Champion Brock Castree along with Matt Stent are the two players and the whole club wish them well for the coming season and we look forward to seeing them in Kookaburra colours when released from their duties with the Crows. The senior players are coming to the end of an exhaustive pre-season where the motto for the boys this year has been ‘No Limits.’ Numbers on the track have been very pleasing and it is great to see the return of former juniors Hayden Wallis, Jarred Coffee and Josh Buttery. We also welcome several new players from other clubs. The boys are now getting prepared for their trial against Modbury on Saturday 21st March and I am sure all players are ready to play in whatever grade they are selected.

Season 2014 was yet another great year for our junior program. The club was able to field over 20 junior sides across 10 age groups, with over 500 players being registered within the club. The Junior Committee have set up a development program that will assist coaches in making sure players are playing in their correct levels and it will also allow coaches and officials to monitor every players development throughout the year. The club was also extremely proud of a number of young players playing in the SANFL Development Squads, along with the number of former juniors playing in the SANFL League or Reserve sides. These achievements have been backed up with former juniors Shane Edwards (Richmond), Daniel Menzel (Geelong), Cam Shenton (St Kilda), Troy Menzel (Carlton) and Trent Dumont (North Melbourne) currently making their mark in the AFL.

Off the field the committee have been working tirelessly to continue the development of the Harpers Field site. Last season we saw the full use of the second oval along with the electronic scoreboard, fully fitted gym along with a fully licensed bar and a fully functioning canteen. This year through a very committed effort from our Club Secretary, Kate Grandey, and the committee, the club have been able to erect floodlights on the new oval and extend our kitchen to allow us to fit it out with professional cooking equipment to assist our volunteers in cooking our meals on a Saturday evening as well as a very professional viewing area looking onto the new oval.

Earlier in the year Kate and I signed off on a ten year lease for the Harpers Field site with Tea Tree Gully Council. This will give his primary use of the facilities for the next 10 years, allowing us to rent the premises to other sporting bodies and community groups. It is our goal to offer a fantastic facility to the local community and sporting groups. In saying this, our number one goal and hope, as we strive for success both on and off the field, is that we provide our Senior group with a club that can take them to their highest level of football as well as offering our Juniors a safe and structured environment to learn and enjoy the game of Australian Rules Football, and assist them in reaching their full potential, while still having fun. We also boast a zero tolerance policy towards bullying and any forms of vilification.

None of the above would have been possible without the assistance of the Tea Tree Gully Council as well as our local and federal MPs. We have also been very well supported by our many sponsors and the assistance and support has been invaluable and I ask all our members to make sure they contact our sponsors in your normal course of business and daily life.

Like all sporting clubs we rely totally on our volunteers and should you wish to become involved with a particular team or if you feel you have something to offer on our committee or on a sub-committee we would love to hear from you. You can find more about how to become a volunteer of our club by emailing kjgrandey@bigpond.com or telephoning 0439 434 034.

I look forward to meeting you all in or around the club throughout the season and I assure you of our full support. The club has organised various fundraising and social activities and I ask you mark the dates in your diary. Our licensed bar and Canteen will be open on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for all our members to enjoy a social or family day at the club. Our first function will be this coming Saturday when we will have a full fixture of trial games starting at 1pm with our C/D Grade. The Under 18’s will play at 3pm our B grade at 5pm and the A Grade at 7pm. The A Grade game will be under the new lights.

Once again, ‘welcome’, and we look forward to your contribution towards delivering success at the Golden Grove Football Club.

Don’t forget our website ggfc.com.au where you can find all the latest news and team results.

Sincerely

Ian Graham
President
0401 227 0790