A year of firsts for football

Two Wells Football and Netball Sporting Club took home four premierships this year but it’s the community behind the club that has the president beaming.
TWF&NSC president Francis Pellizzari, who will step down from the role at the upcoming AGM after six years at the helm, said as well as the players, it’s the club’s team of dedicated football and netball coaches, assistant coaches, team mangers, runners, umpires, goal umpires, time keepers, scorers, football guernsey and netball bib washers, and supporters who really make the success in September worthwhile.
Speaking frankly after the excitement of the grand final weekend, Francis said next year the club will actively promote its new club ethos – BELIEVE – UNITE – ACHIEVE.
This motto is a result of an intensive program focusing on enhancing the foundations of the club to provide a family friendly community organisation, which succeeds on and off the sporting field.
“This year, we engaged the services of a consultancy firm specialising in the development of high performing organisations,” he said.
“We brought together some 25 people associated with our club, representing committee members, team captains, players, volunteers and supporters, with the purpose of reviewing the culture and behaviour of our club and agreed purpose, which is ‘We exist to provide a sustainable sporting club within our community’.
“The new ethos represents the trademark the group has established and which you will be hearing more about in season 2018.
“I am extremely proud of our achievements and we must, each year, continue to look forward and strive for excellence, maintaining a culture of success for our club.”
Virginia’s Reserves collected the premiership hat trick with a four point win in a thriller. The game see-sawed with the momentum changing several times.
Ruckman Hayden Ingram was named best on ground, and Chris Motley was brilliant in defence.
Hee, Seccafien and Stronach were also in the Rams’ best, while Graham Rigney was elated to win his first grand final victory in his lengthy career in his fifth grand final appearance.

Angle Vale claimed its first ever APFL premiership, taking out the senior colts final with an impressive 82 point win over Virginia.
While a big test against tough opposition, the Owls lads held their composure and stuck to the game plan for a convincing win.
“It was a big test for the lads, but it was great they got through it,” coach Graeme Green said.
Two Wells hosted the APFL and APNA 2017 Plains Producer medal count, with the club’s Jessica Ellaby-Hall being jointly awarded the APNA A4 B&F trophy, and Tara Learihan selected in the APNA A1 Team of the Year.
Leah Clifton, Nicole Darling, and Rachel Wendland also achieved their C Grade umpire badges this year.
A grade footballers Ned Seccafien, Aaron Dart and Andrew Hardiman were selected in the APFL A Grade Team of the Year, while Caleb Hagenbucher was runner-up in the APFL Under 14 Plains Producer award.
Caleb was also awarded the Two Wells Football and Netball Sporting Club John Dawkins Trophy as the player with the most votes in the APFL.
U10 netballer Elyse Cluse won the Maureen Waye trophy for most votes within the netball grades.
Two of the club’s football and three netball teams fronted up on September 16 for a tilt at premiership glory.
The Under 14 and A Grade football teams took home the silverware, the 14s making it back-to-back premierships in the process, while the A5 netball team made it an incredible four-in-a-row.
The club’s U13 As hadn’t beaten its opponents all year and played a tough game to win by two goals, while the U17 netball team finished runners-up.
“For our club, success does not happen by mistake, rather as a result of dedication and hard work of many people who have volunteered to undertake one or more roles and whose support of our club is invaluable,” Francis said.
“We must all rally together to ensure our journey for success is continued.
“I’m extremely comfortable we have a strong future.”

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