Danny, who played 2 games for Melbourne seniors, brings experience and versatility to the Devils line up under coach Jess Sinclair. With 82 VFL games including 8 finals & 23 WAFL games including 2 finals, Danny is sure to have an impact on the field this year.
Danny was recently a premiership player with powerhouse EFL 1st Div club Balwyn (2016) and won South Croydon’s B&F in 2014.
A ripping bloke who will fit in well with our players and club nicely. Welcome aboard Danny.
Get along to the Season Launch – Knox Club – Wed 28th March – Free – 7.30pm
Thankyou to ASI Electrics & Prime Electrical & Data for putting the Devils Golf day together. There was no hole in one, but plenty of great shots. And a big shout out to the businesses that support community football & the Devils. Epsilon Security, My Modular, Active Electrical, ECD, Allcom, NAW Controls, Aglo Systems, Go Electrical, H A Lighting, EFM Services, Your Real Est8 M8 & AWM.
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The Devils care about our players & supporters’ welfare. We are very happy to have Darren Jenkins take on this role for 2018.
Darren is Married to Lisa, with 2 daughters. He is a Primary School Teacher and passionate Carlton Supporter.
He has been involved with the Wantirna South Football Club for over 10 years with his initial involvement being dragged down to play some Reserves games by Mark Lowe in 2007 (resulting in a fractured eye socket and a torn hamstring!!) and then being part of the inaugural Veterans team in 2009. He retired from vets footy at the end of this last season (2017) having Co-captained the team, winning a Best & Fairest and twice winning the goal kicking (although once was with only 5 goals 🙂 ).
In 2017 he also took on the role of Stats man for the Senior team providing a range of stats on game days to assist the coaching staff with an understanding of our strengths and weaknesses on any given day.
He has spent many years in church, school and community settings volunteering and helping people and particularly enjoys catching up over coffee, a beer or McDonalds Frappes in one on one, or small group settings and sharing and listening to people’s life journeys.
Having a Player Welfare Officer will give those who have some involvement with the club a person to speak to should they need guidance, advice, or just someone to talk to about life and also work with the committee and coaching staff in shaping club culture.
“I see my role as Player Welfare Officer for the club is to make myself available for anyone directly or indirectly associated with our club should someone have the need to just sit over a beer, a coffee or cake and talk with someone who cares to listen – someone who can coach them, listen to them, care for them, challenge them or just do life together in an informal setting. I’m sure I will be different things for different people, but ultimately it is my intention to be a confidential confidant prepared to assist with a listening ear to share pressures and concerns faced from footy, family, work and other life circumstances.
In 2018, he will continue as Stats man and is also branching into some junior coaching as an assistant coach with Stoney in the U17’s.
Where possible he will be at senior training once a week (probably still running around with the Vets a bit) and will be present on match days. Players, coaches and people associated with the club can contact Darren by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give him a call on 0403 149 232 (Make sure you leave a message if he is teaching during the day!!)
Vets Players ! The Vets team are running a biggest loser comp – The winner will have his subs paid by AUSREO – , but will also be in better shape to have a kick every second Sunday during the season. Training every Wednesday at Camel corner (Wantirna reserve) at 6.30pm.
Based on biggest % loss. Players can weigh in anytime from tonight.
Devils Practice Games 2018
17th March Vs Heathmont @ Avondale Heights FC
24th March Vs The Basin @ Fair Park FC – Twilight
Both Senior teams & U19’s
Season Launch – Knox Club – 28th March – Free entry
2 Canning Street Avondale Heights 3034
Manuka Drive Ferntree Gully 3156
Mondays & Wednesdays – Walker Reserve – 6pm
Fridays – Wantirna High – 6pm
Mondays – Camel Corner – Wantirna reserve – 6pm
Wednesdays – Walker Reserve – 6pm
Vets: Wednesday – Camel Corner – Wantirna Reserve – 6pm
In another great development for The Devils, former AFL player Andrew Manning ( 56 games & 43 goals, St.Kilda & Essendon, including 4 Finals games) has joined the coaching team as Senior assistant coach.
After finishing at AFL level, Andrew was playing Coach at Melton but serious injuries cut his playing days short. Andrew has worked in professional management roles for many years with IBM & brings great people & leadership skills to the club.
Whilst he will have responsibility for the midfield on game days, Andrew’s experiences as a player & leader will be invaluable in coaching & developing our players skills to a higher level during the week.
Andrew has been following the Devils for a few years as a keen supporter, and has watched the players & opposition closely which will be valuable in his role. The club & Senior Coach Jess Sinclair, are very happy to have a passionate footy person in Andrew step forward and share his knowledge & experience in a meaningful way for our players.
Steve Draper – President