Training for Season 19 has been going for a few weeks and numbers have been excellent. There is a real excitement around the group with training being conducted with a sense of urgency. The weather and brilliant surroundings certainly help.
While we enjoy these warm summer months, football will be upon us very soon and everyone associated with Haileybury Football can look forward to another action packed season. The club has enjoyed the taste of premierships over the last few years and we look forward to that continuing.
The coaches have been appointed for the upcoming season and it really is a great line-up. Daniel Ward will continue his fine work with the senior team, looking to extract more from this youthful, enthusiastic group. Club legends Stewart Loewe and Darren Seccull will be his assistants, forming an impressive coaching line up. Danny Frawley will be looking to lead the girls to back to back premierships and this year will be assisted by Frances Land. Mark Seccull will take over the reins for the Reserves, no doubt sharing his 2,000 games of experience.
In an exciting development, Adam Budge has been appointed coach of the U/19s. This is an important signing as we re-establish the pathway from school to senior football. Adam is a school alumni (2010) and played for the OHAFC at U/19, Reserve and Senior levels. Adam’s playing days at the club were cut short because of injury, but we are very pleased that he remains involved in the club.
So there is a wealth of AFL and VAFA football experience in the coaching ranks which is a great platform for club development and success. There wouldn’t be too many suburban clubs with this amount of depth in their coaching ranks. It is a huge positive for the club.
There have been changes off the field as well. Mick Constable takes over the Presidency from Mark Seccull, while money man, Phil Witherow has handed over the calculator to Sal Algeri. Mark and Phil made significant contributions in their respective roles and we thank them enormously. Of course they will still be around the club and we look forward to catching up with them during the year.
As many of you will recall, Mick Constable was one of the club’s leading players during the late 80s and 90s. He played 167 games, predominantly in the backline, hence his meagre tally of goals kicked – 19. Mick is a dual premiership player and followed his brother John in wearing the infamous No 18. His fierce determination and drive will help propel the club in the right direction.
Of course Mick and the committee are going to need support. If you can help out in any way – game day or in any other capacity, I am sure Mick and the team would love to hear from you. The club’s success is reliant on the support it receives from all the Haileybury football community. Mick can be contacted on 0419 504 003 if you would like to help out.
Both the boys and girls teams have been able to train at the school’s Brighton campus during the preseason. The club is very grateful for the schools’ support once again. Training for the boys will commence again on the 29th of January in preparation for an exciting 2019. The first game for the boys will be on the 6th of April with a draft fixture having been released. The draws for the girls and U/19s will come out soon.
Off the field, the appointments keep coming. Pat O’Leary is back in the coaching trenches, assisting Mark Seccull with the Reserves. Mark Thompson has been appointed “Director of Fun” meaning he will be co-ordinating the various social activities – a key role in any club. Hyxy will assume the role of General Manager Football, directing the traffic around football matters. Watch this space for further announcements as more appointments are made.
Av Kumar is once again heading up the medical team who are such an integral part of the club. The club is fortunate to have someone with Av’s experience involved at the club. He holds a Doctor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Human Movement/Management from the University of Ballarat. Av is entering his 3rd season at Old Haileybury as the Head Physiotherapist.
Av has wide experience working across several sport codes including, Cycling Victoria National and State Championships since 2014, Cricket Victoria National Championships since 2016 and Melbourne United from 2016.
He is also involved with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) in a leadership role on Emergency Department Victorian Committee since 2015, primarily helping with professional development for emergency related physiotherapy.
Av has a research role with Latrobe University, helping the Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre in their quest to understand anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) rehabilitation.
As he enters his 3rd year with Old Haileybury he is planning to improve the Allied Health team with a few key developments:
- Improved concussion management across all teams, with the introduction of a screen program and concussion prevention strategies
- Improved injury prevention programs to include injury screening and injury prevention exercises incorporated into training and matches
- Greater professional development for all trainers, physiotherapists and students involved at the club
- Club wide implementation of an athlete monitoring system which tracks soreness, fatigue, exertion and other key indicators
- Further use of player GPS for all teams to improve training and strength and conditioning functions at the club
Av is passionate about improving and growing our services that we offer each player at Old Haileybury. The players are in good hands.
We are also pleased to announce that we shall be able to use more of the facilities at Princes Park when we return in March. We shall have greater use of the gym area off the home game rooms allowing us to create our own vibrant environment. This will be of great benefit to the players in particular, but indeed everyone will welcome the additional space.
Next week, we shall let you know details of the practice games.
On the jobs front Premiership Player Dave Mason is looking for a landscaper/labourer to work for his burgeoning business.
The club is also looking for another physio. This role would be well suited to a new graduate looking to gain experience, mentoring and sports involvement.
Let me know if interested in either of these roles.