Firstly, congratulations to the boys and coach for winning the GF, an awesome achievement that deserves recognition. I have played at the club since I was 8 and never had quite as much luck through my juniors, however I have enjoyed every moment that I have played at Woodville- despite the things many people have said about Woodville, it is a great club with many great people and is headed in a positive direction. Any sport, any club has good times and bad, people/players come and go, and many people have different opinions, informed or not- it is a shame that people choose only to talk about these problems on this site, rather than doing something positive about it and help make the changes for the better. Woodville's management is open to change and getting the best for the club, and that is their only agenda. Yes sometimes mistakes will happen, we are all only human. Ultimately, anyone involved with our club only wants the best for it, just like anywhere else.
I am the captain of the Warriors mens team and I am sorry that I was not at the game to support the boys, and I do congratulate them, and would love to do so in person.
'Woody' if you were at all close to the club, or at all informed, then you would know the coaches and our squad, including that of the u18 and u20 boys, are all about team- and we have been that way for as long as I have been there. If you were informed, you would remember we won a championship in 2005 with a strong team with a great team chemistry, and not a group of stand-out players/individuals. We are completely aware that to be successful in a team sport you have be on the same page, and we continue to strive for that every year- just like every other club that is trying to be successul.
As a player and a coach, there are tough decisions to be made- I don't know much about this situation with the u12's but it is pretty sad that it has come to this. If people honestly wanted to express their concern why not take it up with management in person or writing, and deal with it appropriately. I am sure that every club would have similar situations at some point in their club history- clashes in opinions/unhappiness.
I saw what I thought was a problem in our u20 boys and chose to try and install a positive change for the future, for the boys sake and the clubs. I asked to coach them and do extra individual sessions to help them improve. There is no need to moan and groan, get out there and do something about it.
This club is the only team I ever want to play for, and continue to be involved with, and I have been through tough and good times, like anywhere else- BUT we are headed in the right direction, we want a positive team culture, the same culture that Vera Craig always promoted. I do hope that these young boys do stay at Woodville and enjoy it the same as I have because it is a great club to be a part of, with many wonderful young players, parents, volunteers and members. Feel free to contact me too if you have any other problems :)
Love those Warriors!!!