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

Why Football Clubs are good to be part of

We would all agree that the main benefits of any sport is for young people to learn new skills, meet new friends, have fun, keep fit and learn about winning and losing and being able to accept that graciously.

However, whilst the focus is on the young men because it is senior sport, it’s our view that it can also provide benefits for their families. Whether it’s being involved in an official capacity, helping out when asked/rostered, being reminded that winning isn’t everything or meeting new people,  sport is an integral part of the period in our lives as our young men are growing and involved in sport.

In addition, sport and sporting clubs are important parts of the community, particularly for providing the benefits listed above. The benefits of various community groups within society is well documented and are probably more important today than ever before, as our lives get busier and more is expected of everyone.

However, it’s our view that football clubs (both junior and senior) create their own communities and environments, better than any other sport does. I’m yet to see or hear about another sport that goes out of its way to create environments that encourage people of all ages to come together and have the opportunity to feel welcomed, as well as football clubs do.

Each training night or Saturday game there is an opportunity to meet other parents, have a chat about your day, your kids (why your teenager son is acting like a Neanderthal too…and all along I thought it was only mine !) and life in general. It’s an opportunity to get involved with the coaches, helping with running the games or a volunteer role at events and functions and doing something that is totally different to your daily job. The benefits are huge and well proven.

Coming down on a Thursday night and being fed dinner for as little as $12, Supporting the teams on game day or making the effort when asked to pitch in, creates opportunities to have time out from your normal routine, it lets you meet different people, maybe some with like interests (people at footy clubs do actually talk about other stuff, not just football), potentially hearing about employment opportunities, watching your sons run around with their friends in a safe environment, having them meet new ones and everyone relaxing and taking some time out.

Life is hectic, everyone works hard and families are stretched many ways and football might be seen as just another activity that needs to be fitted in, but through a footy club it is more than that, it is an opportunity. An opportunity to connect with your sons, connect with other adults, feel welcomed and supported and appreciated. I’d like to think that we do that at the Devils as well as anywhere. Whether you’re a single parent, step parent, guardian or grandparent and live close or have to travel, everyone is welcome. As your sons grow, you will see the benefits for them and you of having been part of a community and one that cares like we do at The Devils.

Steve Draper – President – Wantirna South Devils ( Senior Club )

Kevin van Grondelle – President – Wantirna South Junior Devils

Andy Teakel – 200 Games with the Devils

Former Captain & premiership player of 2008 & 2014 Andy Teakel, plays his 200th game this week for The Devils. A fantastic contribution.

“Teaks” played all his junior footy with the Junior Devils and has been a top player for the club for many years.  His loyalty & commitment to The Devils has been enormous, and everyone has admired his feats on the field for years. 

He debuted in the Senior team as a 16 year old, and has plenty of great footy still in him for the years to come. Well done “Teaks”

Results & Teams ?

Every week the club emails out the results, best players & goal kickers.  Also during the week, Devils supporters receive the team selections, milestones and injury updates, along with upcoming events.  These emails also include action shots of players and other interesting photos.

We strongly encourage everyone to join the email list – It’s easy to join, secure and we only send relevant supporter info.  There is a link to join the list on the main page here or on our Facebook page. It’s also easy to unsubscribe later if you want to.

We also encourage you to add the clubs Team app to your smart phone.  This also sends direct relevant info to you with easy links to results & ladders and all our digital platforms – It is free, secure and easy to use – truly !

There are often 20 to 30 photos from the games each week posted on this website and the Facebook page.  Look on the menu under “Photos 2017” on the menu on this website.  All photos can be downloaded to your own devices easily.  We don’t know who downloads them either, so players & supporters can freely & privately download any photo they want.

If you don’t want to join the email list, you can still access results & ladders from the website menu “Fixtures/results/ladders 2017” – This is directly fed from the EFL website.

The home page of this Devils website will not be displaying results every week as they are available everywhere easily.

Steve Draper –  President