Bulldog Banter

    Well that’s a wrap……nearly. The 2018 season has certainly been busy and hopefully enjoyable to the majority. Even if your team’s results were not what was anticipated, we hope that your experience at FHC was a positive one. Please provide your section administrator some feedback on the season when you get a chance, so that 2019 planning can be undertaken effectively.
    Well done to Men’s Metro A, U14 Shield Girls and U10 A Girls for winning flags this season. To our Men’s & Women’s Premier League teams and Women’s Reserves, fantastic to see you both in finals campaigns. Several other Pennant and Junior teams also put their best foot forward in finals, our congratulations to you.
    The pavilion redevelopment is a go! The builders will occupy the entire building site for a period of approximately 10 months by the end of this month and this will have a large disruption to the facilities for the beginning of the 2019 season. Council will provide a portable canteen, toilets and change rooms. The big job ahead is the clearing out of the pavilion with a Working Bee being held over 3 days this weekend, 6th, 7th and 8th of October. If you are able to lend a hand please turn up, even if it is for an hour or two.
    The West Gate Tunnel Project will impact access to FHC from the 3rd until the 13th of October, the section of road on Fogarty Avenue between Wembley Ave and FHC will be closed. The FHC car park will be able to be accessed if you come via Williamstown Rd and The Avenue.
    Hockey Victoria Fan Package Tickets in the FHC reserved section of the Eastern Stand are selling well, there are a few more up for grabs so please jump online to secure your tickets https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=415996&bof=1
    Well done to Julie Anne Sheehan and the volunteers who were able to provide hockey experiences to young persons with disabilities. FHC have been honoured with receiving the ‘Community Club of the Year’ award at the Hockey Victoria Awards Night. Phil Merriman (coach), Casey Hammond, Sarah Breen, Olivia Colasurdo and Carly James were awarded All Starts Team Medals on the night also.
    The last social function in our current pavilion will be held this Friday 5th October 7.30pm as the Men’s Premier League Vote Count Night. $25 (entry, nibbles and 2 drinks). $15 14yrs – 18yrs. This event will also be fundraising for Josh D’Arcy to assist with his Australian School Boys Team tournament. Get along and enjoy a couple of drinks at the club for the last time this year.
    Don’t forget to purchase your Presentation Night Tickets for 7pm Saturday 20th October at The Kooringal Golf Club in Altona. After feedback to provide a meal only ticket and a change in venue, the board had responded so we hope to see bigger numbers at our end of year celebration function. Ticket Sales: https://tickethost.com.au/v2/eview.aspx?Perf=2227&Event=1484
    Thank you again to all our board members, life members, coordinators, team managers, ball kids, coaches, players, parents, families and friends for your contributions to a great 2018 season.
    Yours in Hockey

  • We are going to have a wonderful home-base when we get our new building in about a years time, everything will be better than it is now: bigger / better meeting spaces, bigger / better canteen-bar- kitchen set-up, brand new toilet-shower facilities, better located storage areas for our training gear, bigger gym, appropriate facilities for people with disabilities i.e. new wider staircase / new lift.

    But here’s the problem guys. As of in a couple of weeks time, we are going to be a massive club that doesn’t have a home! Our pavilion will become a building site, replaced for the next twelve months by a few little ‘portable’ buildings (some toilet / shower areas, some changing space, a canteen), but that’s it! No great social space in which we can continue to enjoy the benefits of membership of FHC. The timeline is: Choosing the builder / establishing contracts / getting them on site: Oct – Nov: Demolition of all internal structures – throughout December, builder’s holidays the month of January, and in February the massive new renovation gets underway! It’s been estimated as a nine month building period from Feb forwards.

    This next year will see a testing of our ‘social capital’, the spirit and commitment that underpins FHC. We’ll have to find other ways to socialize as a team / as a Club, other ways to conduct meetings, other ways to prepare for and then analyze elite level games. But our Club is not our building, it’s you and I and the other 600+ terrific people that call FHC ‘home’. Regardless of what confronts us next year, let’s all continue to enjoy the friendships and social connections that sport provides us with, let’s commit to be there to cheer on our club-mates, and let’s commit to get to social functions which will require us to go off-site. ‘Survive’ for a while, so that we  can ‘thrive’ thereafter!

    Brendan Sheehan, Pavilion re-build sub-committee

  • Several weeks ago FHC received notification that it had been short-listed, along with two other clubs, for H.V.’s Community Club of the Year award. To the delight of our representatives at last week’s Hockey Victoria Annual Dinner and Awards Night, we were acknowledged as the winners and presented with a shield. This award was recognition of the hard work carried out by our Board, by the members who meet their annual volunteer commitments, and particularly by those members who go beyond the minimal requirements.

    So a special ‘shout-out’ to all in our junior section who supported this year’s Welcome West Wagon Food for Asylum-Seekers Program  (Great job Trudy W), to Tung Le for leading our members support of several ‘outreach’ programs in Ho Chi Minh City, and for our continued expansion of the ‘Access All Abilities’ Program co-ordinated by Julie-Anne Sheehan (JA).

    See below Julie-Anne’s thank-you to the FHC volunteers that have helped expand our wonderful AAA program.

    Brendan Sheehan – Director Planning and Performance

    ‘In relation to Access All Abilities, which was a key component of our recognition, I would like to acknowledge the contribution of a number of individuals. Notably Georgia Cutrale, Josh Walsh and Ally Sheehan who participated in our initial collaboration with Scope Victoria. Subsequently, Sam Cutrale and Kirby Smith joined this group to facilitate the Northern Suburbs Special Schools Hockey Tournament and more recently Georgia Hopkins and Chris Provis-Vincent have provided hockey clinics in special school settings.

    Next month Georgia Cutrale is hoping to receive enough expressions of interest to conduct a pilot after school program for students with special needs. It is anticipated that this could become a way to link young people, who have an interest in our sport, with a local organization that can support them.

    ‘While FHC continues to gain recognition for our on-field performances, it is certainly not at the expense of making our club an inclusive environment for all’.

    Julie-Anne Sheehan – FHC Inclusion Ambassador

  • Four Junior Presentation Nights were held during August & September!
    All Events were well attended & it was great to see & hear the enthusiasm & positivity that our Junior hockey program has generated for a huge group of talented children & teenagers.
    Many speakers reflected on a very good season & the wonderful group of coaches, team managers & other volunteers who made the season such a good one on & off the pitch.
    Here is a list of the Award winners from Winter 2018 season;
    Club Junior Male Club Champion Lachlan D’Arcy
    Junior Female Club Champion Alannah Hibbard
    Junior Boy Clubperson Henri de la Mere
    Junior Girl Clubperson Lily Nicholson and Ella Nicholson
    Most Promising Umpire Adrian McAlinden
    Senior contributer to junior section Phil McAlinden
    Under 18 B&F Sam Grimes
    Runner up Tate Brazil
    Coach Josh Bradfield
    Under 16 mixed shield B&F Lachlan D’Arcy
    Runner up Josh D’Arcy
    Coach Lando Brownstein
    Under 16 girls shield B&F Alannah Hibbard
    Runner up Josie Erbsland
    Coach Olivia Marshall
    Under 16 mixed district B&F Henri de la Mere
    Runner up Jakob Winter
    Coach Madeleine Whiteside
    Under 14 mixed shield B&F Daniel Lienert
    Runner up Cooper Hillyer
    Coach Alfie Band
    Under 14 girls shield B&F Bridgette de la Mere
    Runner up Ashleigh Winter
    Coach Alexandria  Mozjerin
    Under 14 mixed district B&F Saul Austin
    Runner up Owen McHugh
    Coach Hugh Balmain
    Under 14 girls pennant B&F Maggie Le
    Runner up Maddison Price
    Coach Sara El-Khodr
    Under 12 boys shield B&F David Lienert
    Runner up Oskar Hayes
    Coach Lucas Kohut
    Under 12 girls shield B&F Isabelle Butler
    Runner up Indi Kosowski
    Coach Eden Passmore
    Under 12 boys pennant B&F Vincent Hadrell
    Runner up Kei Weldhagen
    Runner up Shinji Sugimoto
    Coach Ned Graham
    Under 12 girls district B&F Zoe Taylor
    Runner up Milly Holding
    Coach Charlotte James

  • Footscray Community, 
    We need your assistance clearing out the clubrooms, prior to the building works commencing. This will be taking place over a massive 3 days, starting Saturday October 6th.

    SATURDAY 6TH OCTOBER | 9:00am-12:00pm
    * Remove unwanted goods from shed and place in skip.
    * Move items into storage.
    * Remove items from walls (except honour boards and flags).
    * Relocate scaffold from F1 and erect in clubrooms.
    * Move furniture as directed.
    * General box packing as directed.

    SUNDAY 7TH OCTOBER | 9:00am-12:00pm
    * Remove flags and honour boards as directed.
    * Clean honour boards and bubble wrap.
    * General box packing as directed.

    MONDAY 8TH OCTOBER – Premiership Flag / Memorabilia Workshop | 9:00am-4:00pm
    Experts from Melbourne University will be running an all-day workshop (Volunteer’s to stay a min of two hours) teaching us how to clean and wrap our wonderful memorabilia collection and flags. If you’re interested, contact Brendan or Julie-Anne on 0405061536.


    Contact Greg Hopkins for any general queries on 0411 038 349.

december, 2018

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