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FROM THE CHAIR
Fantastic finish to the season, three league champions 66 games played 52 wins 7 draws and 7 losses. We now look forward to the finals and start preparing ourselves for the challenges that lay ahead in State League 1. Well done to all involved, enjoy the moment that you have all worked so hard to achieve.
A very proud Chairman
Well……. what a potentially great way to finish the regular season and we couldn’t have scripted it any better if we tried.
Whatever happens today, I am extremely proud of the transition and progress made across the club in the Senior Ranks. When I came here 12 months ago, the team and culture was not at a standard acceptable to play semi-professional football in SA. We have now installed a belief, work ethic and created a winning culture and the boys and the club are now reaping the rewards from their hard work. The boys continue to follow instructions, work hard and adapt to different games styles to suit different opposition on different pitches and I couldn’t be prouder of them. We are still a very young team with only one player over 22 (well in Cappa) with two 16 years old and a 17 year that has been simply outstanding for us over the course of the season #trusttheprocess J
As I have always said, having the right people in the right places is key to being successfully so I would like to thank the following people that have been a fantastic help: Rob Knowles, Neil Childs, Peter Capone, Andy Johnston, Ian Oliver, Simon Aplin, Aaron Davey, Kristian Nielsen, Paul Mellon and my beautiful daughter Grace Moore. These guys have been instrumental in supporting my vision and I sincerely thank them for all their help.
I would also like to thank Kevin, the committee and the volunteers for all their efforts off the park.
Today’s game will be an interesting encounter with Eastern United having positive results over the past few weeks in which I understand they have played a lot of youth. With our final destiny in our hands, I hope we can reward the support from you all and bring home the 3 points and title.
Good afternoon and welcome to Ramsay Park,
Firstly welcome to today’s opposition Eastern United.
Today marks the final game of the regular season, in what has been a fantastic year for the club to date. With both the under 18’s and reserves already being crowned league champions, the first team also sit top of the league on goal difference with the opportunity to take out the league and gain automatic promotion to State League 1 with a win today. After a convincing 8-0 victory last weekend away to UniSA, the playing group are full of confidence and looking to continue that form leading into the finals series.
I’d like to thank all our supporters for their ongoing support throughout the year helping us get over the line on several occasions.
Firstly let me start by congratulating the team in securing top spot during the week after FFSA awarded us a forfeit win for our Round 8 catch up v Mt Barker. Well done to Ian and the U18s side who secured top spot a couple of weeks ago, the two sides have worked closely all year as the youth squad supporting the First team when needed.
We set out this season to finish the league as high as possible and the boys worked hard all year to achieve that goal. This was evident in Round 20 top of the table clash against Adelaide hills where the boys were intimidated and physically tested leading up to half time. Half time saw us go into the shed 1-0 down and we knew we hadn’t played well, with a few changes to our game plan we came out and won the game 4-2. Hills had only conceded 4 goals at home all year and we put 4 past them in one half. The desire and strength that the boys showed on that night typifies the attitudes of the boys throughout the season.
Not only has this season been successful for the teams but we have also developed some younger boys who can take the cub forward in the years to come.
Good luck to Ben and the first team squad today as they look to gain automatic promotion to SL1, I’m sure you will get the job done today. Ben has been fantastic for the club since his arrival last year and has been a big influence in the success of the Reserves and U18s, Thank you Ben.
Football has been the winner this season for the 18s, an inspirational group of lads who came together at the end of 2017 to form a formidable force who have gone on to win the league during Round 20 when they beat Adelaide Hills 2-1. Playford 18s also won their Round 19 and 21 games against Adelaide Uni and Uni SA. Hard work and some tough talking from coach Ian Oliver has lifted the quality and fitness of individual players during the season, this approach has paid off. The team is a close knit group of focused young men, they’re common purpose to be victorious in each game. The team has been professional, persistent and solid throughout the season and they have been rewarded with the league win. Well done to Ian and all of the 18s who have played this season, time to re-group ready for the finals rounds. Manager Simon has been delighted to be part of the group, great leadership from Ian, Peter and Andy has provided the platform for success this year in the 18s and Reserves. The players in the group are all excellent characters and have worked really well together for the entire year.
Today’s final league game against Eastern United will be a scene setter for the Reserves and First Teams, 18s intent will be firm, a solid win will stretch their league position and will deflate the visitors as the day plays out at Fortress Ramsey Park. Good luck to Ben, Rob and Aaron and the First Team lets finish the league on a high.