Head Coach: Matthew Jensen
Assistant Coaches: Luke Parker and Justin Hazelton
Please provide a brief summary of how your team has been performing in the first half of the season
I believe the team has been focusing on building culture and acceptance to our standrds of footy, and what it means to be a part of the club. We have been driving the positive community-minded club first mentality all season long and it has shown in how we have bonded as a unit. On the field, there have been many positive results and we’re in a good position to move this forward and continue to grow as the great bunch of blokes that we are.
What are some key highlights of your teams season so far?
High player retention rate, numerous new club members and copious amounts of positive feedback from both inside and outside out progeam explaining how great it is to be a part of the ‘Yolds’ culture and SUANFC. Individual brilliance has come in many forms, be it players stepping up into new roles, improving as footballers and getting called up a division, or giving up their time to volunteer and help the club out.
What has been the highlight for you as coach of your team so far this season?
The Yellows/Golds intraclub match that was set in rd8 on oval 1. So much support from the rest of the club to back up what our team has meant for the club, and then that was backed up by our players coming down to oval 1 the net day and still helping out/supporting the other teams play.
What do you see as the biggest challenge for your team going into the second half of the season?
Finding out how to manage the 60 odd blokes across two teams which usually means plenty of players are missing out, and then also figuring out how to make a competitive side for finals but then not having the other div 3 side left to the wolves and be the joke of the competition.
What does success look like for your team?
Players happy to be a part of the club and wanting to bring others into our envirnoment. Helping out with duties or other volunteer efforts that show our team puts the club and others first.
What are some key games coming up in the second half of the season for your team?
All of them.
Who are some key players within your team to keep an eye on, and why?
Bray Sant-Barry is 6’6 with dyed blonde hair and tackles as hard as anyone, Matthew Bertoncello (Berty) has the skills of a potential VFL player and Calvin Goessler has hands made entirely of glue. Keep an eye out for emergening leaders such as Geordie Maclean and Alexander Bulley whose on and off field behaviours promote the values of the club.