2020 was certainly the toughest year we have ever faced as a football club and I’m pleased to report that we weathered the storm and came out the other side stronger than ever.
A huge thanks goes to our volunteers, members, sponsors & supporters, and our professional, passionate & dedicated management committee who have been unfailing in their tireless support to get us through. Taking on even more workload as COVID Marshals and RSA bar staff to ensure our club continued to operate.
Particular recognition goes to the presidents award recipient Alan Green for his contribution to the club, and Junior Player of the Year Luke Ousten
We also thank again Mandy & Ray Lepka & crew taking on Thursday night meals and the return of Rose & John Tiss & crew to get us out of a jam for Saturday night meals.
Our hard work off the field has been rewarded by Clubs SA as one of the recipients of the Club Community Award in the category of Club Resilience and Adaptability.
Congratulations also to our unsung hero Gary Scott.
Off-field we are currently working through a feasibility study into expanding the clubrooms, carparking & oval space to cater for our vast membership base and hope we have more news on this in the coming months.
We were privileged that the majority of our sponsors maintained their commitment to the club in the shortened season and thank them for their continued support. Please take a look around the club & ovals and give them reciprocal support.
Our 25th anniversary celebrations will now occur this year with multiple planned events. Look out for the social calendar coming soon!
2021 is on track to see the club profile develop even further, with congratulations going to our most recent AFL draftee Corey Durdin to Carlton 2021 and an expected increase in team & player numbers across juniors/seniors/male/female.
I will leave it to the relevant Football Directors to expand on the on field successes of each of the football departments but congratulate everyone on a successful season with various player league debuts both men & women, junior & senior association medalists, mens Div 3 & 3R premierships, multiple men & junior teams participating in finals campaigns & strong skill development of our women competing in Div 1 & 1R.
Thanks to our volunteers, members, sponsors & supporters.
Thanks to our professional, passionate & dedicated management committee.
We are family club that is family. We have many whole of families involved which is evidenced by the successful integration of seniors/juniors, men/women & boys/girls players & teams within the club.
In our short history we have a long list of achievements on & off the field evidenced by the quality of our current facilities and our walls of honour proudly displaying our sponsor partners, senior & junior premiership flags and AFL & SANFL success stories.
2019 was a particularly successful year on the field with 40 teams taking to the park, with the following on-field personal and team achievements
• 6 girls teams – 4 playing finals, U12 playing the grand final & taking out back to back premierships. U14 association medalist Molly Brooksby.
• 25 mixed & boys teams – 5 playing finals, 5 to grand finals, U13 red & white premierships
• 3 womens teams – all playing finals, 2 to grand finals, Div 3/A grade Association medalist Jordan Woodards, Div 3/A grade leading goal kicker Jess Kowalski.
• 6 mens teams – 5 playing finals, 3 to grand finals, U18 premiership, Div 3/A grade Association medalist Luke Barmby, Div C3/C grade leading goal kicker Glen Simmons, Div Club 18/D grade leading goal kicker Mitch McPhillips.
Off field we also achieved great heights around player welfare introducing educational sessions and player advocates for senior & junior players.
We are also extremely proud to be named the Good Sports State Club of the Year and a finalist in the Clubs SA medium club category.
Our future looks even brighter with TTG Council recently approving a feasibility study into expanding the clubrooms, carparking & oval space to cater for our vast membership base.
We are turning 25 in 2020 and some very special events are in planning which will be released soon.
However, we will be facing some challenges with the new Liquor Licence rules and to maintain our volunteer base to assist with bar & canteen duties. The future may see increased membership fees.
Presidents Award 2020 – Coralie LeRay
Jerry Griffith Junior Player Award 2020 – Matthew LeRay
Early in 2019 I was privileged to be formally elected as President of this great club, after holding the position of Vice President for the prior 2 years.
My association with the club has been long & varied having undertaken nearly every position within junior & senior football operations and of course as club secretary since 2002.
In this time, we have seen huge growth within the club not only in player and member numbers but in the professionalism & development of our committee, coaches, team managers and other officials.
Our club stands tall with 31 junior and 8 senior teams including 9 female teams in 2019, as well as an Auskick representation commencing in May.
Our seniors have recruited well in the off season and we look forward to an exciting season with an strong chance to return to Div 2 football in 2020.
These achievements could not have occurred without the support of the numerous volunteers who put in a huge amount week on week to put our teams on the park, operate our canteen, bar & meals and support our fundraising efforts. Thanks to each & every one of you.
Our off-field initiatives this season have focussed on player welfare, with the implementation of player advocates as well as information sessions for senior & junior players around mental health, cyber safety, drug & alcohol education and we applaud all who have supported these.
In addition, we are working with the council and local politicians to source continue development of our clubrooms, parking areas & oval space for the future.
Another big thanks goes out to our sponsors for their support as we welcome the following new partners in 2019:-
Peter Kittle Toyota
Paula Luethen MP
I look forward to seeing you all at the club over the season.
Golden Grove Football Club
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