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2023 Post Season Update

By Frank Pizzo, President


JUNIOR/MINIROOS

 

It’s been a fantastic year of junior/Miniroos football in 2023.

 

We had the ultimate success for our U13 Boys who were able to win the league on the last day of the season. Congratulations to Mick Rossi and his boys for a consistent season. Now is the big test of playing on a full size pitch for the first time. We're sure they'll do well. The other junior boys and girls teams had fantastic seasons and we saw steady improvement in results and style of play as the season progressed. Congratulations and well done to all of them. Our Under 15’s were able to provide a number of boys to our senior setup getting them training with the senior group and three of them to debut in DS.

 

Our Miniroos were able to not only have great results but show amazing development in all areas. Massive thanks to all the coaches who put in an extraordinary amount of time with the kids. Special mention to our TD Kaan Kalayci who although taking on the role late, was able to have an impact with coordination and education f players and coaches.  

The Girls MiniRoos Kick Off program was an amazing success with around 20 girls participating in two terms of basic football learning and socialization. With the amazing Anika Luna leading the program, we had fantastic feedback from both participants and parents alike. We will definitely be looking to continue this program in 2024 all be it under a new name, the 'Tillie-Roos Kick Off Program'. 

2024 will see some fantastic initiatives in our juniors/Miniroos programs as we focus on development and pathways for all our kids. This will be our major focus as a football club and include substantial investment into coaching and equipment. 

 

SENIORS / DS:

Sat on top of the table, 2 points clear of Bundoora (the eventual champions) at the halfway mark of the season. Not scoring heaps of goals but not conceding many either and difficult to beat. Unfortunately, the bottom fell out of the second half of the season. We’ve debriefed as to what occurred and we’ve put it to bed and look at where we go in 2024. There will need to be changes so we’ll see what that looks like in due course. Massive thanks to Kaan, Jolly, Miguel and Aaron for all their work since December last year. Not the result we wanted but we remained professional and committed throughout.

 

Development Squad was hamstrung from the start after we lost our coach in the week of round 1. Several different alternatives were put in place, but we never really recovered. You stayed the course and remained competitive with such a young side. Massive thanks to Billy and Adrian, Ivan and finally Matters for seeing out the last 6-8 weeks of the season. Special mention to Matters who was able to provide a bit of a silver lining with the promotion of several U15 boys into DS later in the season. 

AAA

Another fantastic season of AAA football with our two teams in Div 2 and Social League. Watching how these guys and girls have made themselves part of the furniture at the club is one if the things that I will look back on most fondly. Massive thanks to Anthony Risoli who fronts up year after year to offer his support to this amazing program. Also, a mention to Joe Arceri, Pierre Saykali and Sally Prickett who assist at training and on match days and also all the carers involved. Thank you so much to all of you for what you do for this program

 

MASTERS

Our Over 45’s finished 4th with a game in hand which if they’d played and won would have finished third.

Huge thanks to Rob who keeps the 45’s ticking and organises them weekly. With around 22 players currently, they are always looking for new players especially with injuries and other commitments in their busy lives. This competition has also grown dramatically over the last 2 seasons and will continue to blossom with many teams looking to participate. With the 45’s now in their 2nd year based at the Hayes Park amongst everyone else, there’s a good vibe at the club especially at training, game days and Wednesday night post training feasts.


MENTORING
Our senior players did a fantastic job refereeing the MiniRoos and some junior matches every Sunday at Hayes Park. They have received fantastic feedback from our parents as well as visiting parents. The senior boys have also commented in how much they've enjoyed the experience. 

 

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