Earlier this week Brian Jenkins passed away and the Club sends its condolences to his family.
Brian, a former player of the club who went on to be Secretary and Treasurer of the club was a long time generous supporter and sponsor of the Devils for many years.
He supplied fruit from his orchards to the players and club every week for decades, and also did the same for the Junior Devils.
Football clubs exist today because of the loyal and generous support of people like Brian, and The Devils are no exception.
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.
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 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.
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
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”