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

Matt Clark to coach out season 2017

The Wantirna South Football Club is announcing that 2017 will be Matthew Clark’s final year as Senior coach. The football department and Matt entered the season knowing that regardless of results, it would be his 7th and final year. Something we both agreed was in the best interest of the club. At the mid-season review, Matt and the club decided that now would be the appropriate time to announce this, to give the club ample time to find his replacement for 2018 and beyond. Matt will coach out the remainder of the season with the full support of club and players.

Matthew’s contribution to the club has been nothing short of outstanding; 4 seasons as a Senior key position player including the Vice Captain role; 7 seasons as Senior assistant coach & a further 7 years as Senior coach and recently named a life member of the Devils.  Matt is the longest serving Senior coach at the Devils.

When Matt took over as Senior coach in 2011, the club was in a tough rebuilding stage and had been removed off Walker reserve while it was being resurfaced. Focusing on developing our local young players and with some smart recruiting, Matthew galvanised the group and had us quickly ascending up the ladder. In 2013 he led the club to the EFL 3rd Div Grand  Final. In 2014, he went one better and coached the Senior team to the EFL 3rd Div Premiership. Two years later in Division 2, Matt coached the Senior team to another Grand Final in 2016 before losing to premiers Bayswater. This is a brilliant coaching achievement.

Matt was also awarded Senior coach of the year for the Eastern region in 2013, and was named Senior Coach of the Team of the year in EFL 3rd Div of 2014.

Although Matt’s coaching resume is fantastic, it’s his relationships with players and supporters that he should be most proud of. He has been the perfect face & voice of our club as a role model and leader of our young men. The club is in a much better place because of Matthew’s involvement & contribution.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Matthew and his wife Tina and family for their time and commitment over 18 years at the club. Hopefully we will see Matt stay involved at the club in some way.

The club recognises Matt Clark’s enormous contribution to football & culture at the Devils & the EFL and is extremely grateful for the journey we have been on.

Steve Draper                                      Rick Moloney

President                                         Vice President – Football Director

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”

Turks cook for the Devils

The Devils play at home this Saturday Vs Croydon.

The “Turks” led by great supporter Koray Barkut will be cooking up a feast for the players and supporters after the game.

Get down to Walker reserve for a great day of footy and feast with the Devils.