Balwyn JFC President’s Report 2017

October 2017

To each and every Junior Balwyn Tiger and their families,

The 2017 football season has come and gone already. As a club, we have had a solid season where we have had some on field success and are in a solid financial position; but the committee has also identified areas that need to be addressed to ensure the long term future of the club.

Round 1 saw us enter 6 teams from U8 to U14 with 154 players registered to play at Balwyn JFC. This was compared to 168 players and 7 teams in 2016. We unfortunately lost our U13 team and this will again effect our numbers for 2018 with no U14 team.

In addition, our Auskick program was cancelled due to a lack of numbers and the committee is working diligently to ensure that we have a program running in 2018. We have run 2 school holiday programs during 2017 and are revamping our Auskick program with the intention of having a strong program in 2018. Having a strong and viable Auskick is paramount to the ongoing success of the club as it is our primary source of players.

As the football season progressed, we had 154 kids play footy over 14 normal rounds and come off the ground happy to have played – win, lose or draw. And kids enjoying themselves is what we want to see as a footy club. Of the 4 teams, we had eligible to play finals we had 2 sides make the finals with the U12B (Gold division) eventual Runners-up and U14 (Brown division) losing in week 1 of the finals. We had a league B&F and SS    representative in Isaac Barry, and a number of others who made the top 10 in the league B&F. Others represented Balwyn in the YJFL interleague training squads.

Financially we had a breakeven year which is highlighted in the treasurer’s report. This was an excellent result as during the course of 2017, the committee committed money to the future of the club in the form of a new website, junior Auskick clinics, Boroondara Hawks seed funding, and the initial set up of a girl’s football program. Our sponsorship is strong and the team will be looking to consolidate this revenue stream over the summer months.

We pride ourselves on being a family club and socially this shines through. Our family nights are well attended and our gala “Bogan Bingo” night added positively to the culture of our club. Ok, maybe it also opened the “closet” on a few people’s true character!! ☺

As we move from 2017 and the new committee starts preparations for the 2018 season there are 2 major projects that the club will be working through going forward:

  1. The first is the development of a girl’s football program at Balwyn. We have appointed Joey Dakranian to assist the committee set this program up and get a minimum of 1 girls team onto the field next year. Joey has made a good start in the role and we hope to get into a lot of the local schools in Term 4 to commence recruitment.
  2. New Pavilion. The current council plan is for the social rooms will be demolished during 2018 and replaced with a new community facility as part of the Balwyn Park redevelopment project. In conjunction with the senior football club, the Balwyn JFC will have access to this facility for our social functions. We are still awaiting final details but this is the culmination of about 8 years work and something that the club and community will enjoy for years to come.

Finally, I’d like to thank all of the 2017 committee for their tireless efforts and support. To those retiring we wish you well and hope to still see you involved in the club in some way in 2018. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2018 – registrations will open for 2018 in November.

Go Tigers

Andrew Wells
President Balwyn JFC