Colin Kiker – A Community Leader

 

Colin Kiker, a true legend of the Wantirna South FC, passed away Monday 24th July 2017, after a long battle with illness. His family was at his side in his final moments.

A Life member of the club, Colin was one of the greatest leaders our club ever had and was an inspiration and loyal mate to so many people.

“Kikes” as he was known, was the Senior coach in the 80´s and later became President, leading the club from financial ruin. More importantly he reset the clubs vision and culture on a path for all our community to enjoy and to help our footballers be the best they can be.

Well known for heart felt speeches on why our football club was important, it was his ability to inspire and bring people together that was his lasting legacy.

As Senior coach, Kikes was definitely “old school”…His sprays for below par efforts were legendary and feared, even by the hardest of men, but were always on the money.  There isn´t a player who wanted the glare from Kikes at quarter breaks, nor did any dare to question his instructions. Bloody hard but fair, was our coach Kikes

It was a different era, yet Kikes was a brilliant thinker and often had the Senior team very competitive with his wily ploys to get an advantage.  Ahead of his time in many ways was our Kikes.

As President in the early 90´s, it wasn´t just about the finances, he created the vision and reset the standards for long term sustainabilty of the club.  At the time the club was at the bottom of 4th Division, yet he boldly told anyone and everyone “We will be in 1st Division one day” – Many know that this happened about 10 years later.  Everyone believed Kikes.  

Honored to be named Coach of the team of the 1st 50 years , Kikes loved every player and supporter of our club.  If you werent one of us, you were against us. and his passion to get the best out of everyone was from his belief that together anything is possible.

I am sure there are plenty of people like me, who are proud to call Colin a mate of theirs.  His words of wisdom and stories had a truely long lasting positive impact on all of us.  He had a great sense of humour and liked to socialise, but was also keen to help others out who might have needed some words of support. Sure, Kikes could give you a spray, but he was just as quick to praise and make you feel important to others.

These days accolades can be handed out loosely, but Colin Kiker was a true champion of our club, a legendary orator, but most of all, a wise and passionate man who was loved by many.

All the people of Wantirna South Football club are forever grateful to Colins family for sharing him with us, and offer our condolences in this sad time.

Steve Draper

President

Stan Alves speaks to Juniors & U19’s

Well done to the Junior Devils for getting Stan Alves to speak to the U14’s & U15’s along with the U19’s last Monday.

The Junior Devils often train at Walker reserve, and having a dinner together in the Senior Social rooms after training Monday was a great initiative.

Stan spoke from the heart and his messages of trying your best and enjoying footy and mateship was inspiring for all.

It was great to see parents of the players at the club and supporting their sons enjoy footy.

This week the U14’s , coached by former Devils player Paul Payne, will be in the rooms before the game with the Senior team Vs Lilydale.  The boys will get to observe how the players get ready for the game and listen to Senior Coach Matt Clark’s pre-game address.

We are very pleased to help make footy an enjoyable experience for the Junior Devils and their families.

Luke Grima – 1st Senior game

Luke Grima played his first Senior game for the Devils last Saturday Vs Mitcham. We thought you should see the photos.

Luke first played U9’s for the Junior Devils & progressed and developed to join our U19’s 2 years ago. He was awarded best finals player in 2016 in the U19’s campaign.

This season he did a lot of the pre-season with the Senior squad, and played practice games in both U19’s & Senior games.

His form this season in the U19’s had him leading the comp goal kicking and playing great footy.

His selection in the senior team was not gifted, in fact Luke’s form meant he deserved a crack at it. He wanted it, & he got his chance.

Luke was involved in the game all day, and laid strong tackles and worked for his team mates, but when he got the chance, he booted 3 goals and was an important contributor to the win.

So well done Luke Grima on being in the best players, kicking 3 goals, involved in others, and going hard when it was your turn. All on debut!

We look forward to more of our young players stepping up to Senior level like Luke.

Steve Draper
President