Our Development Team ( Reserves! ) plays in the 1st Semi Final against Lilydale this Sunday at Tormore reserve Boronia. Coach Luke “Rock” Slater has got the team hungry to give this a red hot shake, and all involved have confidence after a very strong 2nd half of the season.
We lost to them at Lilydale earlier in the season, but we got them when they played us at home. Well done to the players and Rock on making the finals and representing the Devils the best they can. We will all be there to support the team on Sunday.
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.
Daniel “Dipper” Beddome, became The Devils all time highest goal kicker last Saturday.
Starting the game at 591 goals, Dipper kicked the record breaking goal before half time in the game against Waverley at Walker reserve.
The previous record was 592 by club hall of famer, Wayne Nelson.
Dipper was playing his last game at Walker reserve as he will be retiring from footy at the end of the season.
It was great he broke the record with so many Devils supporters at the game to enjoy the moment.
Dipper finished the game with 3 goals, bringing the tally to 594.
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.