Luke Williams signs with the Devils

Herald Sun speak with Luke Williams

Huge news at the Devils ! Star EFL footballer, Luke Williams has committed to joining the club for season 2018 & beyond. Luke’s ability and achievements include EFL Div 1 Chandler medalist & 7 Best & Fairests at Knox FC where he was captain for 6 years. Luke also played 3 years at Casey Scorpions. You name it, he’s done it.

Luke was an important player in the Knox FC Senior Premiership team in 2017 and brings plenty to the Devils both on & off the field.

Luke was at the club Wednesday night meeting Senior coach Jess Sinclair and the Devils senior players. There is more news coming in what is shaping as an exciting time for the Devils.

All at the Devils welcome Luke and his family and look forward to the season ahead.

Steve Draper – President

Rick Moloney – Vice President – Football Director

Thank you – Luke Slater

Thanks Luke Slater for a fantastic contribution to our footy club. You have Coached & developed our players brilliantly, and we are a better footy club for having had you on board. You have a club full of mates at the Devils.

Both seasons in the Finals, with a heart breaker in the Grand Final in 2016! There was plenty to like about what you did mate.

You have a great footy brain and a great skill of improving how players approach the game. We wish you well as you jump in and get involved with East Burwood. You’re a great footy man.

Your always welcome at the Devils, Thanks Rock

Steve Draper – President

Rick Moloney – Vice President – Football Director

Life Members & Award winners – 2017

Geoff Moyle & Ron Hoogkamer were named Life Members of Wantirna South Football Club at the recent presentation night. It was a great moment for the Devils with the room full of congratulations for these very popular men. 

In front of many attending Life members,players & supporters, Les Cochrane spoke with a heart felt appreciation of the contribution Ron Hoogkamer has made.  A former President (2012 to 2014), Ronny first started coming to Devils games in 1996 with his sons.  It wasn’t long before he was a regular, following his sons playing at the Senior club.  His willingness to help where he could has found him an integral part of the club over many years and an excellent leader. “Hoogy” loves the game and seeing our players enjoy themselves playing footy for the Devils is why he continues to help & support.

Mick Gillin, spoke with great passion & gusto when announcing Geoff Moyle‘s award.  A friend to everyone, Geoff has also made a significant contribution, over a long time, to the club.  After first coming down to enjoy the footy games in the early 2000’s, Geoff was keen to get involved and help. He has performed many roles & tasks to put the games on since.  Always a friendly face on game day selling margin tickets,  it is also the organising and transporting of all the equipment by Geoff which is vital to the players.

Well deserved Life members of the Devils.

Steve Draper – President

Club Awards
Best Club Person* – Andrew Stopinski
Most Courageous* (All Teams) –  Daniel Cromb
MVP (Senior Team)  –  Tas Clingan
Leeroy Huckstepp Trophy* (Best Recruit) – Glen Manson
Young Devil ( Under 21 )   –   Jack Hare

* Perpetual Awards

Senior Team
Phil Atkins Medal: Best & Fairest  –  Taylor Leggate (3rd time)
Runner up Best & Fairest  –  Sean Young
Most Consistent    –    Tas Clingan
Coaches Award   –    Jack Birkett
Most Goals    –      Taylor Leggate
Most Improved    –   Lincoln Wong

Development Team
Best & Fairest    –    Sam McIntyre
Runner up Best & Fairest   –   Tom Anderson
Most Consistent    –    Rob Papp  (EFL B&F)
Coaches Award   –   Tim Richardson
Most Goals  –  Daniel Beddome
Most Improved   –    Kyle Brooks
Best Finals Player   –    Josh Stone

Under 19
Best & Fairest    –    Noah Jackson
Runner up Best & Fairest   –   Luke Grima
Most Consistent   –   Nathan Palamara
Coaches Award    –  Chris Cahill
Most Goals    –   Luke Grima
Most Improved   –   Brendan Sarrin

“Hutchi” is retiring

Video of Hutchi being chaired off 2017

 

Devils champion Brad Hutchinson has advised the club he will be retiring from footy at the end of the season.

“Hutchi” is an outstanding footballer, and has been for a long time, both with the Devils and Stony Creek FC. He has played 133 games with Devils and 183 with Stony Creek & Alberton ( 316 Senior games). He also booted 113 goals for the Devils.

Brad played in 2 premiership sides with the Devils, and one with Stony Creek. He was named in the Devils team of the decade of 2001 to 2010, and has won 3 Senior Best & Fairests. At Stony Creek he won 5 Best & Fairests & one with Alberton. An outstanding list of achievements in football.

Brad brought a very highly consistent effort to every game he played and is greatly admired for his skills and relentless contribution to the team’s cause. “Hutchi” is truly one of the all time greats of Wantrina South FC.

A strong leader on & off the field, the Devils are a better football club because of the contribution of Brad Hutchinson.

We will miss watching him play our great game and wish him all the best for him and his family.

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

No Games this week

Due to the split round, the Devils have no games this week – May 13th.  Many of the Senior players joined in at the Junior Devils training. See the Photos page for all the shots or the Facebook Page

Next game is at home Vs Mooroolbark – May 20th – Ladies Day

Book Tix for Ladies Lunch

Devils defeated Mitcham Tigers

Mitcham 2.1-13 7.4-46 10.4-64 11.9-75
Wantirna South 3.1-19 5.2-32 10.6-66 12.8-80
Goal Kickers: J. Freeman 3, T. Clingan 3, M. Buzinskas 2, B. Ulms, A. Birte, L. Wong, Z. Klibingaitis
Best Players: T.Clingan (ANZAC Medal), D. Cromb, S. Young, J. Freeman, B. Hutchinson, M. Buzinskas

Development Team
Mitcham 1.5-11 2.8-20 4.9-33 5.11-41
Wantirna South 2.1-13 3.3-21 3.8-26 4.14-38

Goal Kickers: D. Beddome 2, B. Lynch, J. Raab

Best Players: S. McIntyre, J. Raab, J. Roberts, B. Lynch, L. Greig
 
*Want to see the photos from the games- See “2017 Photos” page on the menu

Knox Club Cup 2017

With thanks to Knox Club, the Devils play Knox Football Club for the Knox Club Cup.  This Saturday April 8th at Walker reserve. 

Chairman of Knox Club- Brian Asley is a great supporter of community clubs and with his unique jumper, clearly supports both the Devils & the Falcons. 

Read more on the link below.

Leader Newspaper article

 

Practice Game 3 -Result

Both Senior Teams won our third Practice Game.  Thank you to Healesville for hosting the game.  No serious injuries were reported for the Devils.

All set for the season opener next Saturday April 8th Vs Knox at Walker Reserve.

Book now for your seat at the Presidents Lunch: Michael Wicks 0481 852 975 or online Presidents Lunch Booking

More Photos on the 2017 Pre Season Photos page