7 Down 1 to go Before Christmas
Another great week of pre-season Beach Session was helped by a cool change… Huge running session Wednesday saw some impressive mental strength shown.
In 7 sessions over 55 individual players seen so far.
Again, some impressive times being run and some impressive skill level in the ball work completed.
SMDFC are looking forward to seeing more in the coming sessions. Only 1 more before we break for Christmas.
Monday and Wednesday nights at 6pm Lindsay Hassett Oval.
Click on the link below to download Quonny’s full pre-season calendar … Put the dates in your diary!
The search is continuing for a Under 19s coach.
Please see the attached file for more information
SMDFC Golf Day
Saturday December 14th at Royal Albert Park
Kieran Jones will be confirming details… Stay tuned! All players invited to play!
Have you moved into the area and looking for a great environment to play footy? See the attached flyer for more information.
New Reserves Coach appointed
Congratulations to Andrew Miles who has been appointed the 2014 Reserves coach. Andrew comes to the Bloods from Caulfield Bears in the SFL. Andrew is an experienced operator who will work along side Anthony Quon who has been reappointed as Senior Coach for 2014. The club wishes Andrew all the best for the season ahead!
Senior players Sponsorship
We are encouraging all players to arrange a sponsorship for themselves which will benefit them in the form of a training top and singlet. For $100, the sponsor will have their name located in the clubrooms under your photo and will also gain access to a function for the season. This is a great way to get others involved at the districts in 2014!
Please see Nick Graham regarding the information relating to this firstname.lastname@example.org
Districts receive recognition!
Swisse Quality Club Program Bronze Recognition
The South Melbourne Districts AFC have been recognised in the AFL’s Swisse Quality Club Program at Bronze level. This recognises the clubs commitment in the following areas:
•All trainers at your club are accredited in accordance with league requirements
•All coaches at your club have attained level 1 accreditation
•Your Club is compliant with Working with Children practices
•Your club complies with Food Safety Handling Regulations
•Your club holds a current liquor license (if required) and complies with liquor license regulations
•Your club has adopted a SmokeFree Policy
•Your club agrees to the objectives of the AFL’s Respect and Responsibility program
•Your club has adopted a Vilification and Discrimination Policy
•Your club agrees to support Umpires
•Your club has adopted a written and approved annual Club Budget
•Your club has adopted a Club Code of Conduct
•Your club completes a Match Day Checklist before the commencement of games for each round
•Your club is incorporated (or a company) and affiliated to a Member League of the State Body
We are already well on the way to meeting the criteria for elevation to Silver level and we are confident that we will achieve this in the coming months.
Well done to all that have contributed to making this possible.
Districts Joins Good Sports Program
23 July 2013
Sports clubs such as ours play a significant role in the community and therefore have a responsibility to our members and their families. In recognition of this, the South Melbourne District Sports Club has elected to participate in the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program.
The program is run in Victoria by the Australian Drug Foundation in conjunction with VicHealth, the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC), Department of Health (Vic) and the Australian National Preventative Health Agency (ANPHA). The program has been designed to assist clubs with the responsible management of alcohol and is the only nationwide program of its kind.
As a community based club we believe involvement in this program is a way for our club to promote a healthy and welcoming club culture whilst working to consistently meet our duty of care obligations in regards to alcohol consumption.
We are pleased to announce that we have met the criteria for Good Sports Level 1 accreditation having addressed a number of criteria including having Responsible Serving of Alcohol trained bar staff and that our fabulous new facilities will be smoke free.
For more information about the Good Sports program contact Tony Pilimon.
This week we caught up with club legend Sebastian Mahoney ahead of his 150th game of senior football. See what the great man had to say in the Q&A below…
When did you start at South Melbourne? (Juniors and Seniors)
1923; it was around the time Grandpa Cheevers had just thrown together his first 200 games, and Quonny still had hair.
What is the highlight of your 150 games? (Both as a team and personally)
Would have to be the day a player of yesteryear, 12 time winner of the coaches' award (one year he won it in the under 19’s, reserves and seniors) Joseph Hocking was running round for the Bloods. It was the last game of the year and we were playing Old Westbourne in our annual game of the year, the infamous and highly prized Relegation Round. Just prior to half time, Stew told Joe in no uncertain terms that he was not pulling his weight. The two players then managed to get into a war of words on the field as the half time siren could be barely be heard behind their yelling. Even though both were raised in the seaside Penninsula area, this did stop Joe, a highly emotional and footballer at the crossroads of his career (he would be the first to admit this), from proceeding to yell abuse at poor Stew and then crying uncontrollably whilst walking from the field. Safe to say that the Bloods leadership group pulled them up on this and got the group to re-focus as we had a strong 8 goal lead. The boys then took that anger out onto the field for the second half and belted Ol Westbourne in the second half, and secured a solid 2 point win.
Although that was a magical day, the actual highlight would probably have to be the last quarter of the 2006 Grand Final against Bentleigh when we came back to win after trailing by 5 or 6 goals early in the last quarter. Some household names of football came out on that day and showed their true brilliance – Aquilina, the Hannans, McGees, Ray, Costello, Cronan, Cheevers, Washington, and of course, Mahoney.
Why did you choose South? And why did you stick around when you could easily have played at a higher level?
Club legend Reg Jones made me an offer I couldn’t refuse; 1 dimmy per goal every Thursday night. Plus, me and Bomber Thompson never saw eye to eye so that deterred me a fair bit from taking the trek down the highway to my old stomping ground.
Who is the best player you’ve played with and who has had the biggest influence on you as a footballer?
The names I’ve already mentioned have all been stars of the club, but a couple probably stand out just above – Marty ‘the mouth of Melbourne’ Costello and Andy ‘the Hipster’ Hannan. Both played key target roles in the forward line and consistently pulled in big grabs and kicked important goals, and were courageous leaders of the club. Unfortunately, the fact that Nudie Jeans kept having there jeans sales on Saturdays meant Andy couldn’t hang around the club anymore as it clashed with footy, and Marty had to retire prematurely to pursue a modelling career with Y-Gap.
Greatest influence would have to be my old man. He passed down buckets of wisdom about footy and how to play the game that he’d amassed from his 2 games of football.
How much do you weigh, and are you surprised you haven’t been injured more often considering you are the size of Damien Oliver?
Would you ask your girlfriend(s) this question mate? I’m hovering around the high 60’s low 70s these days. I have copped a few nasty injuries throughout my time, however I just don’t telecast it to the whole of Melbourne like some of our more precious players (eg Thomas ‘Twinkle Toes’ McNamara).
How much longer will you keep playing?
Is this a leading question? Do you think I should give it up? Thanks mate.
You’re probably the only bloke in the club/division who ever gets tagged, so what do you think of taggers?
They’re generally not very likeable people (eg Goblet) and do not have a creative bone in their body (eg The Roache), but they mean well so I try not bust their chops too much. If I can’t strike up a pleasant conversation with them, I’ll then usually just do the honourable thing and resort to bagging their mother for the entirety of the game.
Well done to Sebastian on his great 149 games thus far, and good luck on Saturday mate.