Thank you to all the coaches, players, parents and volunteers for their efforts this year.
2017 has been a very successful year for the club and with the sustained and continued support from all of you it will ensure the club continues to grow and develop. It has been a remarkable and compelling season in Rydalmere Football club’s 38 year history with the club continuing to grow in accordance to our vision.
Winning the Men’s NSW NPL3 championship and gaining promotion to Men’s NSW NPL2 has now opened the door for our juniors to play the game they love at the highest possible level. Our juniors will participate in the Youth NSW NPL1 competition in 2018 on the back of another successful year.
In regards to our association teams, It was great to have the number of our association junior registered players (Under 6s to Under 10s) grow by another 5%. The young talent coming through our grassroots is quite exciting and in the next five years, we will have the opportunity to feed our grass roots into representative football.
In season 2017 the club had over 50 registered teams. The growth and interest the local community has for our special family valued football club has been great to see. In total we registered 550 players this season, a continued challenge to logistically have the fields prepared for all ages. However, we got there through working together.
To our teams, well done and congratulations to our AA2 Men’s and Over 35s who were crowned GDSFA grand final champions.
A great effort from our All Age Ladies who finished runners up in their respective grand finals.
To our NPL teams, what a year we have had. The under 15s were crowned the 2017 NPL2 Under 15s Champions. Congratulations to Head Coach Simon Doueihi, Team Manager Peter Makris on their achievement. But more importantly congratulations to the players who all year worked tirelessly to earn the results and be rewarded with the Premiership.
To our Men’s NSW NPL3 teams congratulations to all the Coaching staff led by Head Coach Tony Basha, assistants Michael Canale and Emad, Under 20's Coach John Mackie and Sevan Hanimyan, Under 18's Coach Chris Camilleri, Assistant Gill Gauthier and Manager Monica Bacha. Not to forget the support staff, Jack Sahagian and Natalie Kmet in getting the boys prepared for each match.
All three grades made their respective grand finals, but unfortunately, it was not our day in the under 18s and First Grade, with only our under 20s being crowned champions.
However the real victory came with the club being awarded Football NSW NPL3 Men's club champions, automatically promoting our team to Men’s NSW NPL2 and Youth NSW NPL1.
The awards kept coming in 2017. Our Head coach Tony Basha won the NPL3 Coach of the Year Award. This is the second time Tony has received this honour as he was previously awarded State League 2 Coach of the Year. To receive it twice in five years speaks highly of the respect and recognition by our fellow clubs who voted for Tony.
In other awards handed out, Amaury Gauthier took out the Player of the Year in the Men’s NSW NPL3 competition. Amaury also took out the Golden Boot award scoring 32 goals this season. With 19 goals for the season, our under 20s forward Murtaza Sultani took out the Golden Boot for the Men's NPL3 Under 20s competition.
Congratulations to both Amaury and Murtaza from everyone at the club.
I would like to thank our valued sponsors whose involvement goes a long way in helping support us in achieving our ultimate goal; to give both the local and wider community the chance to play professional and social football in Australia and abroad. Your valued contribution goes a long way to assist in ensuring the club covers the 2017 full operating costs of over $200,000.
I would like to thank all our volunteers who have played their part during the course of the season in either setting up fields, spending time on the BBQ, cleaning the change rooms and working in the canteen. Without our trusted volunteers, the club would not deliver to the football community an experience that is special. Furthermore, it is the generosity of the volunteers that allows us to get through the operational challenges that we are expected to deliver during the season.
Last year the board highlighted some key initiatives that we believed would secure the financial future of the club and allow us to build a pathway for our juniors to have an opportunity to play football at the highest level. This philosophy was built around the club reaching certain goals which would allow us to build on. I am glad to say in 2017 we continue to set out to achieve this through five key areas; culture; coaching staff; professionalism; financial stability and community focus.
Finally I would like to take the opportunity to thank our board and committee who volunteer their time. Their dedication, commitment and long hour’s week in week out has allowed the club to run smoothly during the course of the year. And to all our teams who once again carry our logo with pride.
We look forward to having you back in Season 2018 for another successful season.