Pre-season training commenced on Monday November 19, at Wattle Park and continued two nights a week – Mondays and Wednesdays – through until Christmas. We resumed on January 30, and continued Mondays and Wednesdays at Nettleton Park through to the end of March.
2019 CAPTAINS and LEADERSHIP GROUPS
Thursday April 4, 2019
Our senior coaches had the pleasure of announcing Chloe Soderstrom as captain of the women’s seniors in season 2019. Chloe is an inaugural SMS women’s player and two time premiership player, and was a natural choice to take over the captaincy for season 2019. A notorious hard trainer, yet always having a positive attitude, Chloe exerts influence on the group by the high standards she sets. Congratulations Chloe!
Congratulations also to Fi Murphy who will captain our reserves and Liv Giblin who will captain our thirds in 2019.
2019 Women’s Seniors Leadership Group:
Chloe Soderstrom (c); Rachel Gill (vc); Nicki Shue (vc); Mieke Thorbecke; Sarah Yule
2019 Women’s Reserves Leadership Group:
Fi Murphy (c); Elly Obradov (vc); Sarah Duldig (dvc); Alice Nunan; Tempany Wightman; Steph Binks; Claire Murray
2019 Women’s Thirds Leadership Group:
Liv Giblin (c); Anna Drayton (vc); Maddy Croxford (vc); Jacinta Anderson; Tobyn Eagles
IAN ELLIOTT AWARD
Congratulations to Tempany Wightman who is the recipient of the 2019 Ian Elliott Award. This Award, named in honour of the late Ian Elliott has been awarded annually since 2008 and recognises young players who not only demonstrate talent, but also exhibit a true Club and team attitude. Our other two recipients for Season 2019 are Nick Alexopoulos and Jack Ryan. Congratulations Tempany!
VAFA LIGHTNING PREMIERSHIP
Sunday March 31, 2019
A great hit-out for our team in the VAFA Lightning Premiership.We played three games with a win over St Bernard’s and losses to the two eventual Grand Finalists in Old Melburnians and St Bedes/Mentone. Goal kickers across the day were Penny Heath 3, Felicity Campbell 2, Jacinta Anderson, Madi Judd, Mia Sieber and Shakira Shifferle. A very successful lead-in to Round One.
WELCOME TO FULTON HOGAN
OUR NEW GUERNSEY SPONSOR FOR 2019
Our playing guernseys had been away for a make-over, and they returned to the field at the Lightining Premiership to debut our new guernsey sponsor – Fulton Hogan. Shaun Kent visited the side at training during the week to make the presentation of the all-important cheque!
Fulton Hogan is one of Australia’s leading civil engineering construction companies, and we are delighted to welcome them to St Mary’s Salesian and thank them for their support of women’s football.
OUR TWO INTERNATIONAL RULES PLAYERS
Saturday March 16, 2019
Congratulations to Alice Angley and Joelly Firmin who represented our club in the VAFA International Rules Game against Victoria Gaelic Athletic Association. The VAFA team fell short by 11 points, however co-coach Dave Murray praised the players for how hard they worked for each other after first coming together as a team last week.
“A lot of the players found themselves in different roles to what they’d be used to at club level, but worked tirelessly as a team. They were brave, confident and aggressive, achieving an incredible amount over a short timeframe.”
Alice was a star for the VAFA scoring two goals, and unfortunately Joelly was injured early in the game. Well done to both girls who represented our club with distinction.
THREE TOUGH PRACTICE MATCHES
St Mary’s Salesian v Seaford
Saturday March 16, 2019
10am (Reserves/Thirds); 12noon (Seniors/Reserves)
Belvedere Reserve, East Road, Seaford
Seaford were 2018 Division One runners-up to the Eastern Devils in the South Eastern Women’s Football Association.
St Mary’s Salesian v Eastern Devils
Saturday March 23, 2019
Mulgrave Reserve, Garnett Road, Mulgrave
11am start. We will played two games over a total of 6 quarters
Eastern Devils are coming off a 2018 Division One Premiership in the South Eastern Women’s Football Association
St Mary’s Salesian v Old Trinity
Saturday March 30, 2019
Trinity Grammar School, Bulleen Road, Bulleen
Old Trinity are an established Premier A side.
2019 SEASON LAUNCH
Friday March 1 2019
Season 2019 was launched in style with an all-of-club event at Beer De Luxe Hawthorn, with special guest Bob Murphy. Our own Sonya Klimpsch put Bob Murphy through his paces along with Greg Baum and Joel Mattiske.
WELCOME time2talk Leadership
We were also delighted to welcome our season launch event partner time2talk Leadership to the club.
time2talk Leadership works with organisations to improve their leadership and communication culture by providing and facilitating Leadership Programs, Communication programs and Change Initiatives. time2talk is especially interested in our club’s story of women’s football, and the ways in which women’s football provides pathways for women to develop their leadership and communication skills and the positive impact this has had on changing the culture of our club.
As a part of their sponsorship time2talk Leadership have made places available for three of our women’s players in their professional leadership workshops later in the year. Fi Murphy, Eliza Tivendale and Rachel Gill were announced as the 2019 recipients, and were presented with their awards on the night by Sharon Kneale, Director of time2talk.
Fi was recognised as the first of our women’s players to join the club committee back in 2018, and she now of course manages all of the club’s merchandise across both men’s and women’s. Eliza was recognised as the first of our women’s players to move into a coaching role with the announcement that she will be taking on the role as a line-coach with the reserves this season. Rachel was recognised as our senior women’s captain and Premiership captain in 2018.