2016 has proven to be a difficult period for the junior side of the Club for the Thirds. We’ve been working hard on and off the track to recruit players but unfortunately without success. The boys worked hard all pre-season and it’s with great regret that we have been forced into the one of the hardest decisions to not continue to field a side in the under 17’s football in the remainder of the 2016.
A big thank you to all the players, parents and especially the coach Luke Hutton for giving it everything to try and get a team on the field and at least a few goals as well. Thank you to the opposition teams over the past five rounds for being so understanding at this tough time.
Not only does this mean our kids will miss out, but so too will all the other teams who are due to compete against us in the coming weeks. Hopefully with support from AFL North East and the Wodonga community, we can rally together in 2017 to bring an under 17’s back to the Wodonga Saints and the wider TDFL community.
The Under 14’s have done well and won a couple of games in recent weeks and even recruited several more kids to the Club for the 2016 season. It looks like next year we will get around 12-14 players to come up into the Thirds and will be looking to build off that and continue to build around them as the future of the Club.
Last season was a tough season. It was impressive to see so many boys stick it out and just enjoy playing footy. Developing several young players was our goal with the aim to continue to get them up and going for years to come. As we improve as players and teams, we also improve as a football Club.
The pre-season started off light on, but Troy and the team quickly moved into a recruiting campaign unlike any other seen before at the Saints. His goal was not to buy big name players that come and go for the money.
He set out to build a base to work with over the next few years. Get a bunch of guys that want an opportunity and chance to play with their mates. Step forward a couple of months and Troy and team have managed to recruit over 20 new players. His strategy to recruit senior players and develop senior players is paying off. He looks to have a few more on the radar as well, which will only continue to build the team up.
Looking to implement the team game plan and play a few practice matches in the coming month, keep an eye on Facebook for more details or come down to training and see what’s happening for yourself.
For more information to join the team or attend training, please feel free to call the senior coach Troy Vennix on 0425 818 054. See the facebook page for regular updates.
The Club is excited to work with next years coach who has paved the way from Under 12's to Seniors by continuing to look to develop the Club from the bottom up. Continuing to focus on junior development and looking to build a base for the future. Already recruiting some quality players and several in discussions with more. The committee and Club would like to Congratulate Troy Vennix on his next appointment at the Club as 2016 Senior Coach. His partnered up with the assistance of Nathan Honeyman and Big Az from Allfit Albury who are coming on as strength and conditioning coaches. We will be looking forward to the first training session and meeting up with the coaches and new players on November 9th in a few weeks starting at 6:30.
If you would like to talk about next season, feel free to call Troy on 0425 818 054
The off field successes matter just as much as the work we all put in on the field. Off the field though, success can’t be measured by ladders, votes or goals but how our passionate supporters still stand by the teams - turning up, week after week, providing support and encouragement.
Sometimes it's the small things that can make a change, in, not only a football & netball Club, but a change in someone’s life forever. This year Sally Hood dedicated herself to looking after her brother Ben Hood. We asked if we could help in any way by including him at the Club. Club president Clayton Wood quickly replied ‘I'm sure we can find something for him to do to assist'.
Ben was excited and enthusiastic about getting involved, but a bit shy at first. It’s no secret that on the field, 2015 has been a difficult season for Wodonga Saints senior football, but Ben is an eternal optimist and his enthusiasm and good cheer was warmly received around the club. He was eager to help out and run water each week. He was always looking forward to coming to the football each week and quickly became a fixture at all the huddles; listening into Senior Coach Scott Montgomery’s words of wisdom and usually adding a few of his own.
At the awards after the last game of the year Mr Wood made a presentation to Ben on behalf of the club. “It’s with great pride that I present my jumper to Ben, a most deserving and valued volunteer at our club. We’ve made a profound impact on Ben, but he has also had a profound impact on the club” he said. It might seem small to some, but it was huge to Ben and his family for him to be included in our great club and feel so welcomed by everyone.
“This is why we do what we do, there is more to it than just turning up each week and playing footy or netball,” said Mr Wood.
We’re all wishing Ben all the best on his new adventure and move to the Gold Coast.
The Wodonga Saints Football & Netball Club moved from Bathanga into Wodonga in 2001. 2016 will mark our 15 year anniversary since we moved. The move was made, at the time, to ensure the continuation of the club and an opportunity to become more successful by attracting higher quality players and a larger supporter base. We have developed as a club by adopting new strategies and maintaining our focus on the future and not the past. Growing in size, with more teams and players than ever before, with a strong influence on developing our junior kids with over 100 junior now registered and 60 senior players participating in sport each week at our Club. Several of our Netball Teams are vying for Finals this year and are continuing to improve, our next step is to continually develop and build a successful football club.
As a proactive and progressive Club we have recently conducted a survey among our members and guest with over hundreds of responses, we found that overall people love to be involved with the club and help out during game days and training sessions. They enjoy the environment that has been created and the direction the Club is heading. The best part is we can use this feedback and suggestions to open up new opportunities for the committee to continue on improving our Club in the coming years, in some cases implement immediately.
2015 has been a tough year in the senior football ranks with several key players leaving and retiring at the end of last season, Scott Montgomery our senior coach together with all the other coaches have done a tremendous job so far this year, pulling in recruits and continuing to develop our junior players. With Scott stepping down at the end of the year as Senior Coach, it has opened up an opportunity for someone to take the reins and prove themselves as a Quality Senior Coach. While it may seem a tough job, with the right person at the helm, I’m sure we can recruit the right players to the Club and continue to build on the foundations already laid.
Like most country clubs one of our biggest challenges is to obtain the support of a Major Sponsor. We have developed and can tailor make packages to help promote and support your business in a variety of ways. A sponsor is someone that recognizes the benefits of supporting local clubs like Wodonga Saints FNC. A sponsor is someone that will help us grow and in return we can help you grow. Being the only district football and Netball club that is based in Wodonga, and having the benefits of sharing a ground with an Ovens and Murray Club (Martin Park, Wodonga Bulldogs) we can offer a unique opportunity to promote a business.