V Swans New Horizons 2016 Season Review
A fairy tale start to the 2016 season for the New Horizons - Black Ducks, with a 8-0 start, some incredible team football, and memorable wins to kick start the first half of the season. The second half set the team a few challenges, which made match day a little tricker than usual. However, every player in the squad stepped up and ensured that the Black Ducks were still the team to beat in 2016.
I would like to make a special mention to all the support staff this year – Jono, Ebony, Kirby, Graeme, Wayne and Crossy - without the help from them inside and outside of Wooroloo & Wandoo this program wouldn’t be anywhere near as successful, professional, and smoothly run as it is. A big thanks to Tommo and Tom for standing in as coaches for a few games throughout the year, to Stiffy and Stav for coming down to training throughout the year, the boys absolutely loved it and learnt so much from you both. To Oggy and Steve for all their support and help behind scenes, it’s very much appreciated.
To the boys in the program that were unable to get their S95’s thanks you for continuing to stick it out and continue train, without you we wouldn’t have had the numbers down at training each week. You’re only as good as your squad, and due to all your hard work at training pushing yourselves and those around you, that’s why we were so successful.
To the boys who were lucky enough to pull on the black and white jumper this year, thank you for making my coaching experience one that I won’t forget. I am very proud of the blokes who were granted parole, with some coming back and others starting a fresh new life. A lot of different factors throughout the year made it tough and challenging at times but overall a very rewarding and enjoyable year.
Besides a few bumps and hurdles in the road the squad had to overcome, the team culture and spirit never dropped, and each member of the team showed the importance of the V Swans New Horizons Program which was much more than a game of football. Each member of the program who had the honour of wearing the black and white jumper wore it with great respect and pride in front of friends and family each weekend. To finish the year in the top 4, was a fantastic accomplishment after the many barriers we had to overcome as a group. I am one very proud coach and very grateful I get the opportunity to coach and mentor a great group of men each week.
I’m excited for what lies ahead for season 2017 and look forward whatever lies ahead.
Kara Juddy Donnellan - Coach & V Swans High Performance/ Justice Manager