The CGFC has been a hive of activity since the 2018 season commenced in April. We were able to re-sign all our coaching panel, whilst adding some additional expertise, which was important for the development and stability of the Club. This was particularly so, given the elevation of our senior men’s team back in to B grade and the introduction of a second women’s team.
We were delighted that both our women’s and under 19 teams maintained their position in the Premier division in 2018. This provides a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the talent we have across the Club to the broader CGFC community and prepare our players for further development. We were pleased that a number of our 2017 women’s team were able to go on to play in the VFLW in 2018 and that some of our under 19 team members were selected in the VAFA training squad. We also congratulate senior co-captain Tim Nixon on being selected to train with the B grade representative squad. Well done to all!
We now have in excess of 180 active players on our collective rosters, which is exciting and shows the benefit of creating a pathway from CGS in to CGFC, which has always been an objective of the Club but with greater emphasis over the past few years. We have also seen CGFC become an attractive option for players from outside the School system due to our approach to football, and the care we show to our playing group. And we have a bit of fun too!
Some of our social activities include game day lunches or afternoon teas at Glenhuntly Oval, a progressive dinner, a trivia night and the end of season Blue and White Ball. We are also supporting the Thick and Thin campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues. There are plenty of opportunities for you to come down to the Club and mingle with old friends, meet new ones or even become a member in a friendly atmosphere. Our website (www.cgfc.com.au) has details of all our events and the fixtures section shows which teams are playing at home each week.
Our netball teams have continued to grow in 2018 and we are really pleased that they now have their own structure. I congratulate Shayna Hingmann who is now president of the netball group. A big thank you to all the new committee members is in order too. Scores and regular updates can be found on the website.
At the start of the season, the goal of all our teams was to play finals, and at the half way mark most of them were still in the fight for September action. It seems a long time ago when we started pre-season, yet the end of the season appears just around the corner. Look for the updates on the website.
The CGFC is like any club and its success is reliant on a strong level of support from our community. Â It is very rewarding to help our young people grow and develop in a safe and welcoming environment — but we need to continually refresh our volunteer support group. If you would like to get involved (and we want you to) please contact me. Often this only means doing ONE thing — you don’t have to be on a Committee, but as the saying goes, many hands make light work. It might be you have a job position that needs to be filled, or you can sponsor a player; think of CGFC first and help us help you!
I look forward to seeing you at the footy.