I would like to take the opportunity on behalf of our committee to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing festive season.
Whilst the club didn’t achieve the ultimate success this year we continue to grow and get stronger both on and off the field. Brett Rowe as our new Senior Coach has had an immediate impact on the playing group and brought a real First Division mentality to the club. Besides our retirements from 2017 our senior playing group have committed to the club for 2018 and we will be announcing some new recruits early in the New Year.
Unfortunately, Ross Newland has resigned as Football Manager due to personal reasons. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ross for his work as Football Manager and as an Assistant Coach and for everything Ross has done for the club over the years. Peter Sellers has also stepped down as the club’s chaplain citing an increased work load and not being able to commit the time involved to the role. Peter has certainly gone above and beyond his role of chaplain in recent years and has been an invaluable asset around the club.
With Ross and Peter both stepping down this has led to a restructure of the Football Department. I am delighted to announce the following appointments:
Seamus Ryan – Football Manager Jake Keogh – Player Welfare Manager
Seamus has an enormous passion for the club and had been working closely with Ross in putting together our playing list for 2018. Jake Keogh takes on a newly created role that will focus on Sport and Lifestyle training, general player welfare (on and off field) and being a conduit between the playing group and Coaching staff. Jake will be working closely with our new club chaplain that will be appointed in the New Year.
The latest update on the Jubilee Park Ground Redevelopment is that the program of works is about 4 weeks behind due to the recent wet weather and an issue with the sand supply. Realistically we are looking at a mid-season return to Home games at Jubilee Park. I am meeting with Maroondah Council early in the New Year to discuss our options for training and home games and will keep you all updated.
James Storey and Jake Keogh continue to do a power of work around the Junior side of our club. Early registration numbers are promising and we are hopeful of fielding up to 4 junior sides in 2018 including a junior girls team.
We face a challenging year as the revenue drop we will suffer from our loss of Home games will be significant. Our Sponsorship and Membership sub-committee are working hard to address this revenue drop by increasing our sponsorship and membership. We are also working on an exciting calendar of functions and events that will look a bit different to previous years. More than ever in 2018 we need the support of our sponsors, volunteers, players and supporters. Buy a membership, support the club, come back to the club for Awards after our away ‘Home’ games and get along to our functions.
I am excited about the year ahead. The work we are all doing now is laying the foundation for another crack at the ultimate success we all crave. Brett Rowe’s mantra from day one has been ‘the little things’ and it applies to all of us, not just the playing group. I am confident that if we all keep doing ‘the little things’ we will have a successful 2018.
Ringwood FC President