Welcome back home at the Western oval for our Round 15 clash against the Lorne Dolphins. It was great to come away with wins in all grades of Football & Netball last week against the Western Eagles. What a great effort from all last week in the U/17.5’s Football to see the inaugural St Laurence All Abilities Cup being played. It was a great pleasure for us as a club to get right behind this initiative. What a pleasure it was to see a smile on the faces of all the St Laurence participant’s. A job well done by every-one. All the best to all grades in the Netball today as well. Hopefully our girls play to their potential and come away with wins in all grades. Also well done to Renee Henry for being last week’s winner of the Spirit of Sport Award.
A big welcome must go out to out Life Members who return for the 2nd Annual get together to exchange thoughts and stories as we continue to build a strong & successful Club well into the future. There will be light luncheon and refreshments in the Social Rooms during the Seniors so make the effort to go and meet and acknowledge the people that have worked hard to ensure we have the club we have today.
A big thank-you also to our valued Sponsors, both continuing and new, for your support of the club this season. Hopefully for those that attended our Sponsors day last week you all had a great day with plenty to eat & drink.
Thank-you to every-one who helps out on game days which include club and league umpires, club officials including coaches and also all the volunteers. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Well done to all that attended last week’s Cowboys & Indians night in the Social rooms with the Bucking Bull. We hope there were no injuries on the night.
Upcoming Dates to remember.
To all our Premiership reunion players and Past Players we look forward to catching up and reliving the glory days, I’m sure the Goals get better the distances longer and you all have become even greater player during retirement. I hope you enjoy you day and we look forward to catching up throughout the Day.
2nd August. Away game against Otway. Tea @ the East Hotel.
9th August. Home game against A/Bay. $50.00 First Out, Last Shown Raffle. Minimum tickets are available and they are selling fast. Catch up with Carl & Jess to get your tickets.
Remember not to forget Thursday night teas after training. All members are encouraged to attend. This is followed by our Members Draw in which you must be in the rooms to win it. If not in attendance the prize draw jackpots until it goes off.
Good luck to all teams today and we hope to see you in the social rooms after today’s matches for a drink and a chat to discuss todays results.
An Extract from the Article to Published this Sunday’s Age
After Colac Imperials’ senior team finished second-last on the ladder in 2008, two of the club’s long-time members, Tim Hassett and Peter Scott, decided to spearhead a rebuild.
The idea was that Hassett and Scott would head up a new-look committee as joint-presidents. But things didn’t go to plan.
“We couldn’t find a coach, so at that point I decided to coach and Peter took on the presidency,” recalled Hassett, who played in the Cats’ most recent senior premiership in 1995.
On the field, the club continued to struggle, with its senior team winning just three games in 2009. Off the field, however, its fortunes were beginning to turn around.
“We were able to get a few players who’d come through our juniors back to the club, and we started to get a pretty good feeling around the place,” Hassett said.
Indeed, Colac Imperials have been on the improve ever since.
Last year, with Hassett now the president, the Cats made the Colac and District league grand final.
They lost the big game to Lorne by 29 points, but this season they are again up near the top of the ladder with the finals just around the corner.
“I’m extremely excited,” Hassett said. “Looking across our whole club, we’ve got six or seven of our football and netball teams in the premiership mix.