With the Grand Finals being played over the weekend, this brings the 2018 season to a close. What a great year it has been for the club.
Some of our achievements are as follows:
- Introduction of Monday skills nights for the females (all ages) and males U9 aswell as U11s. We had 143 juniors participate in theses nights hosted by Bec, Damian and Matt with the assistance of Carlos, Hayley and Junior coaches, to provide additional skills sessions, free of charge for our members. They feedback was exceptional along with the WH promotional sling bag, so we will look to expand these sessions in the 2019 season.
- Goalkeeping Courses conducted by Brad McMahon. Oversubscribed that we had to hold 2 sessions per night with over 40 aspiring GKs for the 3 week period.
- Instructional Referees Program for a 2nd year with 22 referees.
- All Abilities Program
- The Mini Roos 8 week Program for 22 aspiring U3-U5 players.
- BearCubs which grew to 340 players for the U5-U8’s, well done to Tracy and Deck for managing this important grassroots age group at the club.
- Winston Hills as a club for featuring in 12 Grand Finals and winning 8. A fantastic 67% win rate.
- Winston Hills had 7 teams finish the season as Premiers, well done.
- Winston Hills AAL1 (NWSWF) who won the Ladies Hills Cup for the 2nd year running, Congratulations.
21 teams from the club who started the semi finals (including NWSWF AAL1 team), a testament to their commitment during the season. Let’s not forget those Senior and Junior teams who trained and played their best all season and didn’t make the final series. All teams make the foundation of the club and the impressive observation was that all players irrespective of grade improved during the year, well done.
- To all non-competitive travelling teams playing in the U8-U11 Hills football competition, All teams and parents did WHFC proud in representing the Tangerine bears during these key grassroots and skills development stages of football.
- To all the coaches and managers who put in their time volunteering, a club with 1300 members cannot operate without your help, so thank you and I look forward to having you join us again next year. There will also be coaching accreditation funded by the club in the off season and grassroots and coaching courses available for the beginning of the 2019 season).
- To all the WHFC committee, thank you for the long days and many evenings you have put in to make the club operate as smoothly as it appeared. A special mention to Carlos our club coach who was instrumental in organising the skills nights, Mini Roos program (facilitated by Todd and our fantastic Premier League squad), Grading and Age group training programs for 2019. Linda Powell for having the canteen firing each weekend, whilst she did her Masters in Marketing and sought out additional suppliers of bacon. Kel and Anthony whom I have nominated for Masterchef given their cooking prowess on the BBQ, Jon Chant for having all the equipment ready when needed and Peter Barr who in between golf and spoiling his wife Lou, conducted his secretary role, marked fields, liaised with council and MFHS and kept Max Ruddock running smoothly.
Those who help make the season happen.
- To our long list of sponsors who we have acknowledged separately, the club cannot function without your support, thank you for being on board. I encourage all WHFC members to support our sponsors as much as possible.
- Megan at City of Parramatta Council and Scott at Hills Council, thank you for your assistance with keeping the grounds open and in top condition. Also, thank you to Mark Taylor, State Member for Seven Hills and Bob Dwyer, local council member who have assisted the club considerably over the year.
What does Winston Hills football club have in stall for 2019?
- We are committed to the Hills Association for season 2019 and thank you Kurt, Nicole and the HA board for the Hills competition in 2018.
- We will repeat and expand the skills nights, with more age groups = more fun = more skills.
- All Abilities & Mini Roos will be back, bigger in 2019.
- We are seeking our 2nd star FFA accreditation, the application is well advanced.
- More comprehensive Development programs and coaching accreditation, additional information will be out soon (after a short break for the committee to recharge).
- The AGM will be held in October, details to follow. We welcome as many members as possible on the committee to assist. If you have some spare time, ensure you nominate and become a part of this strong community club.
I am very proud of the culture of the club, the way we play our football and the way players, coaches and managers conduct themselves when wearing the Tangerine. I dare say, the Winston Hills Bear has woken from hibernation. We are in year 2 of a 5 year plan to build a stronger club for all our players, coaches, referees and volunteers, even though already we are achieving great results.
I look forward to meeting everyone at the presentation days; Juniors on Sunday 23rd September and Seniors on Friday 28th September.
Well done WHFC.