Every game counts ! Yet the football people celebrate ticking over multiples of 50 when it comes to games played and coached. This week our senior coach Matt Clark, coaches the senior team for the 100th game!
Matt is our longest serving coach, and many players have benefited from his leadership, guidance and football knowledge over the years. We are proud to have a man the caliber of Matt coaching our players.
Matt first joined the club as a player in 1998 when I was the senior coach of the club. Recruited from Bayswater, he was a high quality recruit at the time, and his leadership and playing ability had an impact from the start until he retired as a player.
In 2003, Matt was appointed Assistant coach, and was part of the successful premierships of 2004 & 2008 in that role. In 2011 Matt took over as senior coach in a very difficult time for the club. For those who remember, the club was playing at camel corner that year whilst our home ground got resurfaced. The club was also very light on for cash , sponsors and our playing list had thinned out. Matt was up for the challenge for the long haul, despite the short term looking bleak. The club was relegated from 2nd division that year, but started to turn just missing the finals in 3rd div in 2012.
With a grand final appearance in 2013, the club was heading in the right direction under “Clarky”. In 2014, the club won the 3rd div premiership which was an outstanding achievement given where the club was only 3 years before that.
Awarded life membership at the end of 2015, Matt is an example of what sticking to strong principles, and a genuine care for his players and their development can achieve.
Matt has experienced the highs and lows of football as a player and a coach, and our club and players have benefited from his insights and leadership. We are grateful we have a coach who understands what’s needed and how to manage and lead our players to be the best they can be.
Football is a game where you can easily be exposed if you are not genuine, but we are in great hands with Matt Clark leading the way. There are no short cuts, and Matt is proof of what can be achieved with genuine persistence and willingness to learn and evolve.
Thank you Matt Clark for all your years of giving to football and our club and players.
Wantirna South Football Club