Travis Brooks not returning to the Kennel in 2015

Over the past 3 years our Club has been in the very fortunate position to have Travis Brooks at the coaching helm.  Over those 3 years our top squads have been exposed to the highest level of coaching available not only in this State but around the country.

After our last game out at Greensborough Travis announced to both PL/PLR that he would not be returning in 2015, a decision he didn’t take on lightly. Travis let the guys know his reasons and now our group is fully aware of where the next steps are for us to continue to develop as a Premier League club and to become one who will fight it out in the September action in the future.

The FHC challenge is possibly unprecedented in that regard given that although the Club recruited several outstanding player-mentors to help our coaches, the squad has basically been very young men just learning the caper. The few recruits excepted, there was virtually a total absence of any Premier League experienced within the group. Much still needs to be done in coming seasons to consolidate Travis’ work, but his dedication and leadership over the past three years has been pivotal to FHC establishing itself as a worthy member of hockey’s top level in Victoria.

Travis’ coaching partner these past three years, Richard Nally, is not a candidate for the senior men’s coaching role in 2015, but will hopefully be able to continue his significant input to our journey in some important way.

During his stay with us Travis and Sam have seen the arrival of Archer and Oliver, we wish them all the very best for the future. Special thanks to Sam for lending us Travis for the last three years!

Our challenge now is to stick together as a playing group and to find the best coach to take us forward in 2015. The playing group should be fully aware of what is required and the challenge they have individually to find that extra to go the full 9 yards.

How the Men’s teams finished up in 2014

Team W L D F A Diff Pts Position
PL 8 10 4 46 54 -8 28 8th
PLR 4 15 3 37 69 -32 15 12th
PB 12 4 2 65 25 40 38 1st
PC 5 11 2 35 52 -17 17 7th
M1 0 11 7 31 55 -24 7 10th
M2N 15 0 1 70 25 45 46 1st
M2W 5 10 3 24 38 -14 18 7th
M3R 10 8 0 56 41 15 30 4th
M3B 3 15 0 27 59 -32 9 10th

Finals Time!

Semi Final weekend was a ripper for us with all 3 teams progressing. Pennant B & Metro 2 North continuing on the merry way after cementing promotion to go straight through to the grand final. Fantastic effort!

Metro 3 Red knocked of 3rd stop to get through to this week’s Preliminary Final against Altona.

Let make sure we get out, support the boys in action and have plenty of red, white and blue on.

Big Thanks to All

I would like to thank everyone involved this year. Coaches, managers, selectors, players, umpires, Thursday night cooks, camera men all your help makes the year such a special one once again! Cheers & thanks to all.