Whilst the scoreboard from the main game wasn’t what we wanted to digest, the outing at Bentleigh on Saturday was about so much more than winning and losing.
Don’t get me wrong, it hurts to lose and I hate it. So does Senior Coach Peter Larsen, and hopefully, the entire playing group. In fact, the entire on and off-field team. But we need to be glass ‘half-full’ and we will continue to be.
The Inaugural Con Gorozidis Medal for East Brighton was awarded to Mark ‘Junior Jamieson’ on what was a wet, muddy and probably forgettable day on the ground for us. That said, Con has been a legend of the game at both VFL and local levels and we are proud to be a part of this now, special day each year to commemorate his contribution to both East Brighton & Bentleigh Football Clubs.
One of the other outcomes from Saturday was our Reserves, the E.B. Bentleigh Vampires notching up a good win over their ‘mates’. Kind of bizarre, but fantastic when you think of the year that has been different in so may respects. Tickers’ Under 19’s went down by less than a goal after having the better of the opposition (Endeavour Hills) for much of the day; lessons to be learnt and who better than Jason Tickner to be teaching the boys.
The highlight for myself was the 100+ plus attendance at the ‘Presidents Lunch’ which celebrated the Development & Sustainability of Community Football. With guest Bentleigh President Paul Dimattina, speakers Felicity Frederico (former Bayside Mayor and advocate for sporting infrastructure in Bayside), Mike Green (former Richmond FC Premiership player) and Dr Paul Callery (former St Kilda and Melbourne player and pioneer of youth sporting development), the day was well represented by by both Clubs.
For East Brighton, it was terrific to have ~ 30 attendees including Life Members Alan Meaney, Rod Johnson, Ross McCulloch, Steve Hill, Lisa Jenkin, Kevin Flak,  Beau Adams, Richie Rayner, Damien Rice, Brendan Stuart & Mick ‘Bear’ Wilks  in attendance.
It was also terrific to have our sponsors well represented with Richie Rayner (Brighton Holden – Major Sponsor), Dan Rogers (Rogers & Company Foods), Gary Scott (Bendigo Bank – Elwood Branch) & Troy Beard (Blackchrome Sports Wear).
The take homes for me based on the lunch topic was:
  • Don’t take Local Footy as a given; Clubs fold every year because of a lack of support/finance/care – we must work together to find ways to engage our community, past players, people who care
  • Netball is crucial to the on-going survival of clubs
  • Women’s Football is coming  – it’s here to stay and it’s growing at the rate of knots; the clubs that embrace it and can administer the integration effectively and successfully will be stronger clubs. Much assistance is required to ensure the administration is supported, and we hope to see that from the AFL and AFL Victoria
  • Connecting people in the community and re-connecting those past players, officials and members is critical to the ultimate survival of local footy clubs
Saturday 25th June: Dingley at Dingley.
SAVE THE DATE – Mid Season Gala Evening
Saturday 23rd July, McKinnon Hotel Function Room, 7pm – BLOCK THIS OUT IN YOUR CALENDAR!!!
  • $75/person
  • Includes drinks, food, entertainment
This is a major social and fundraising event where we want everyone to attend. Great fun night with prizes and lots more.
Watch this space for more details. For early bookings, please contact Greg Young on 0418 335 224 or via email on GregY@rsmgroup.com.au
Mick Rogers