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Presidents Report 2015

2015 President’s Report

During 2015, Mount Colah Football Club had 548 players, fielding 45 teams. This is slightly down from last year’s Club record.

We finished the season with these great results;

  • U12A won U12 Division 3 Premiership
  • U13A won U13 Division 3 Premiership
  • U13B won U13 Division 5 Runners-up
  • GU14A won GU14 Division 3 Premiership
  • U16A won U16 Division 1 Finals and NSFA Vice President’s Shield
  • GU18A won GU18 Division 2 Premiership and the inaugural GWFC Shield
  • AA2R won All Age Division 2 Reserve Premiership and the AA Division 2 Reserve Finals

Congratulations to these teams for their successes and to all teams for competing whilst taking the wins and losses in their stride.

We started the year with a new Life Member, John Hadjuk. I personally thank him for his contributions to the Club over many years and I would suggest many more to come.

During the season we produced a Volunteer Management Plan to put procedures in place for recruiting, orientating, training and rewarding our volunteers. In addition, we produced a Facilities Improvement Plan that documents the current state of the facilities that the Club use and proposes what we would like to do to improve them.

I would specifically like to thank Michelle Boccalatte in editing and implementing the majority of these two initiatives. These plans raise the standard of Club governance and management for now and the future.

With the Club having roots in one in 20 homes throughout Mount Colah & Mount Kuring-Gai, we continue to have a great feeling of community. This accumulates with over 100 volunteers taking active roles of Committee, Convenors, Coaches and Managers, all assisting our teams get out on the park each weekend of the season. These volunteers embody the vision of the Association, to help our community experience the joy of Football and we are lucky to have them.

In particular would like to thank the Club’s Executive team of Michelle Boccalatte, Paul Ferry, Paul Burt and John Barnes for the extra effort to compensate for the lack of a President this year.

To lessen the work load on the few, I encourage more parents to get involved and enjoy the sense of satisfaction and community that volunteering gives you. A worthy starting point is to attend a free 2.5 hour Grassroot course. This small investment in time demonstrates how easy it is to get involved in the game, whether it is coaching, managing, being a game leader, referee or an encouraging spectator.

At the recent NSFA President’s Dinner, Paul O’Donnell was presented with a President’s Award. This award recognises the tireless work done by Paul at both Club and Association level over many years.

Barry Thompson
Vice President – Mount Colah Football Club

 

Presidents Report 2014

2014 President’s Report

During 2014, we had 576 players – a club record. We fielded 41 teams/squads, but unfortunately did not achieve as many good results as in previous years. Congratulations however to the following teams for their great season:

  • U15B runner up in U15 Div 4 Premiership, and winner of the division final
  • U18B won President’s Shield
  • WAA A won Women’s All Age Division 2 Premiership and will move to Div 1 in 2015

We had several weekends this season that were washed out. This included the Junior Gala Day weekend, and many players were very disappointed that we couldn’t finish the season in our usual fashion.

I want to express my thanks to all who have contributed to the life of Mount Colah Football Club in 2014. We have had over 100 people volunteer to carry out roles on our Committee, as coordinators, age convenors, coaches, managers and assistants – some who carried out multiple roles. I am particularly grateful to the members of the Executive – Paul McSweeney, Michelle Boccalatte, Helmut Hiebl, Paul O’Donnell and John Barnes for their support of me as President and for the enormous amount of effort they put in.

We will be losing a number of very valuable people from our committee, who have indicated that they will not be continuing in those roles. On behalf of our Club I want to thank these dedicated people who have given years of volunteer work. It is only because of the volunteers that our club can function. We look forward to welcoming new faces to the committee to continue the development of our players and teams, and carry on a tradition that has now been in existence for more than 55 years.

In 2014, the Committee spent time and effort to ensure that our club meets the requirements of Level 1 of the National Club Accreditation Scheme (NCAS). NCAS is a program that aims to raise the standards of grassroots football clubs by recognising and rewarding clubs that have put in place, measures which ultimately contribute to quality football experiences for players, volunteers and parents. This was a fairly time consuming exercise and I particularly want to thank Helmut Hiebl for taking the lead to make sure our club achieves this standard.

At the recent NSFA President’s Dinner, David Kirley was presented with a Presidents Award. This award recognises the tireless work done by David at both club and association level over many years.

Mount Colah Football Club can look forward to 2015 with fresh faces on the committee and players who are keen to get on the park each week and give it their best.

Christine Freer
President
Mount Colah Football Club

 

Presidents Report 2013

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2013 President’s Report

During 2013, we had 549 players, fielding 44 teams. We finished the season with these great results:

  • U18A won mixed U18 Division 1 Premiership
  • U18B won mixed U18 Division 2 Premiership and Finals
  • WAAB won Women’s All Age Division 3 Premiership
  • GU14B were Runners up in Girl’s U14 Division 3 Premiership

We had five Gala Day Winners – U6 Colts, U6 Brumbies, U9 Falcons, U10C and U14A.

We had five Gala Day Runners ups – U6 Huskies, U12A, GU14B, U18A and WAAB

Congratulations to these teams for their successes and to all teams for competing whilst taking the wins and losses in their stride.

With the Club having roots in one in 20 homes throughout Mount Colah & Mount Kuring-Gai, we continue to have a great feeling of community. This accumulates from over 100 volunteers taking active roles of Committee, Convenors, Coaches and Managers, all assisting our teams get out on the park each weekend of the season.

I would like to express how grateful I am to all our volunteers. I would also like to thank my family for their support during 2013 season.

2013 was our first season under the new Northern Suburbs Football Association, with new a name and management regime. The new association name is designed to reflect the geographic region that we play in. The Association’s Management Committee has been replaced by a Board comprising of nine voted members and the General Manager has been replaced with a Chief Executive Officer – Duncan Tweed.

NSFA has a new vision – “We help our community experience the joy of Football”. The mission of the NSFA team is to bring this to life, by making the Football experience fun, simple & rewarding. During the year our Life Member and Secretary Christine Freer was presented with A-League Community All Star Award for her dedication to Football. Christine is also a Life Member and active participant of NSFA Committees.

Mount Colah Football Club reinforced the relationship with Football Sydney Group with the continuation of the junior clinics for 2013 and onto 2014.

We have exciting times ahead with Men’s All Age continuing to compete in Premier League and our Women’s All Age working their way up the Divisions.

Regards,
Barry Thompson
President – Mount Colah Football Club

Last Updated (Tuesday, 15 July 2014 20:45)

 

Presidents Report 2012

 

2012 President’s Report

The 2012 Football season at Mount Colah Football Club was a year full of great results and a few challenges.

We started the year with two new Life Members, Paul McSweeney & Paul O’Donnell. I personally thank them for their contributions to the Club over many years and I would suggest many more to come.

We started our Junior Coaching Clinics and look forward to many more in the future.

During 2012, we had 560 members and fielded 45 teams. We finished the season with these great results;

  • U16B won the KDSA Vice President’s Shield and the mixed U16/1B Pennant.
  • GU16A won Girl’s U16 Division 1 Finals
  • WAAB were Runners up in Women’s All Age Division 3 Premiership & Finals
  • GU14A were Runners up in Girl’s U14 Division 2 Premiership & Finals
  • GU14B were Runners up in Girl’s U14 Division 3 Premiership & Finals
  • U16A were Runners up in mixed U16 Division 1 Premiership

We had seven Gala Day Winners – U6 Stallions, U6 Brumbies, U8 Vipers, U9 Eagles, U10C, U13A and U18B.

We had five Gala Day Runners ups – U6 Colts, U7, U12A, GU12A and GU18.

Congratulations to these teams for their successes and to all teams for competing whilst taking the wins and losses in their stride.

The 2012 season was near perfect for weather. Sufficient rain fell but plenty of Football was played, with Foxglove being used every weekend of the season. This is a complete reversal to 2011 season which was worst season for 22 years prior. Parklands, Berry & Foxglove are still looking very green and ready for another year of Football.

The Club has a great feeling of community; the success comes from the 93 volunteers taking roles of Committee, Convenors, Coaches and Managers. I thank you all for your contribution throughout the year, many hands make light work. I am looking forward to seeing more fresh and friendly faces at our monthly Committee meetings in 2013.

A special mention to our Life Member, Steve Lumley. Steve has worked closely with a team of dedicated parents over numerous years in planning and executing the promotion of Men’s All Age at Mount Colah Football Club back into the Premier League.

This year, just as their All Age plan had finally come to fruition, he started a new venture that I envisage will underpin the future of Mount Colah Football Club. His dedication to the success of the Junior Coaching Clinics at the beginning of the season sparked the life into the junior numbers at Mount Colah Football Club, which will flow on for years ahead. The Junior Coaching Clinics were an incredible success and Steve tried his hardest to ensure that it was executed at the smallest financial impact on the club.

Without any siblings in mind, he has just got on with planting the seeds of the future Premier League players.

Finally, I would also like to thank my family and my fellow executive members for their support during this less challenging year. Let’s spend less time at P&D in 2013.

We have exciting times ahead with Men’s All Age competing in Premier League and our Women’s All Age working their way up the Divisions. Let’s keep encouraging them to get Mount Colah WAA in Division 1 in 2014.

Regards,
Barry Thompson
President – Mount Colah Football Club

Last Updated (Tuesday, 15 July 2014 20:45)

 

Social Media Policy


Social media (such as Facebook) offers the opportunity for people to gather in online communities of shared interest and create, share or consume content. As an affiliated member of Northern Suburbs Football Association (NSFA), Mount Colah Football Club (MCFC) recognises the benefits of social media as an important tool of engagement and enrichment for our members.

It is important that the reputation of MCFC and other affiliated clubs of NSFA and the game of Football are not tarnished by anyone using social media tools inappropriately.

For MCFC members using social media;

  • Must not contain, or link to, libellous, defamatory, threating or harassing content
  • Must not bring the organisation or the sport into disrepute

MCFC members should show consideration towards others when using social networking sites. Social networking sites allow photographs, videos and comments to be shared with thousands of other users.

  • MCFC members must recognise that it may not be appropriate to share photographs, videos and comments in this way
  • MCFC members should be considerate to others in such circumstances and should not post information when they have been asked not to or consent has not been sought and given
  • MCFC members must also remove information about another person should they be asked to do so
  • Under no circumstance should offensive comments be made about other players or other affiliated clubs of NSFA, FNSW & FFA online

MCFC will continually monitor online activity in relation to the organisation and the sport. Detected breaches of this policy should be reported to the MCFC President. If detected, a breach of this policy may result in disciplinary action from MCFC. This may involve a verbal or written warning or in serious cases, suspension of Football activities at MCFC.

A more comprehensive document issued by FNSW can be found; http://www.footballnsw.com.au/fileadmin/user_upload/Media/Social_Media_Policy_for_FNSW.pdf

If there are any issues with this policy, please contact me via email or phone.

Barry Thompson
President Mount Colah Football Club
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Last Updated (Monday, 11 November 2013 15:48)

 

President's Report 2011

2011 President’s Report

The 2011 Football season at Mount Colah Football Club was a year full of fantastic results and many challenges.

We started the year with two new Life Members, Steve Lumley & Peter Verduin. We had 533 members and fielded 43 teams. We finished the season with these great results;

  • We had three Premier teams, U15A in Mixed Under15 Division 1, AA2R in Men’s All Age Division 2 Reserves & WAAB in Women’s All Age Division 4.
  • We had six Runners-up teams, U13A in Mixed Under13 Division 3, U15B in Mixed Under15 Division 2, AA2 in Men’s All Age Division 2, GU12A in Girl’s Under12 Division 3, GU14A in Girl’s Under14 Division 1, WAAC in Women’s All Age Division 5.
  • We had three Gala Day Winners – U7 Huskies, U8 Vipers & U15A.

Congratulations to all these teams. These are great results, following our 2010 Club Championship, we still ended up in the top 10 clubs of 2011.

Unfortunately, our player numbers were down from 2010, we have put that down to the campaign of the KDSA President in telling everybody that Football is too expensive. Yes, the cost of Football is on the rise but it is still excellent value for the fun and entertainment that it gives us all throughout the year.

The 2011 season was disastrous for wet weather, it has been said that this was the worst season for 22 years with up to 7 weekends being cancelled due to rain and poor playing conditions. At least our grounds have benefited from this, with Parklands, Berry & Foxglove looking very green and ready for another year of Football.

The Club has a great feeling of community, it’s success comes from the 80+ volunteers taking roles of Committee, Convenors, Coaches and Managers. I thank you all for your contribution throughout the year, many hands make light work. I am looking forward to seeing more fresh and friendly faces at our monthly Committee meetings in 2012.

I would also like to thank my family & friends for their support during this challenging year. In particular Fiona, for letting Football takeover our household for many months of this year.

We have exciting times ahead with an All Age Squad moving into Premier League. We hope our player numbers bounce back and we continue the great results and community in 2012.

Regards,
Barry Thompson
President – Mount Colah Football Club

Last Updated (Thursday, 15 December 2011 17:51)

 

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Sportsground Strategy Discussion Paper

Sportsground Strategy Discussion Paper

The Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) has released the attached discussion paper. Please read and email comments to the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   of NSROC (Ms. Carolynne James) and copy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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U14A wins Australian Juniors Football Sevens

U14A win Australian Juniors Football Sevens Tournament

On 30 May our U14A team played in this tournament, held annually at The King's School, and they won their age group without losing a match!

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