2014 in Review
Aberfeldie – Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division – 13-5 (3rd) – Runner-Up
Apprenticeships Group Australia Under-18.5 Premier Division Premiers
Under-16 Division 1 Premiers
Under-10 Division 7 Premiers
Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division B&F – RS Reynolds Medal – Mark Blake
Apprenticeships Group Australia Under-18.5 Premier Division B&F – Mark Thompson Medal – Jackson Barrett
Under-16 Division 1 B&F – Kevin Sheedy Medal – Matthew Williamson
Under-14 Division 1 B&F – Simon Madden Medal – Jack Bytel
Under-15 Division 5 B&F – Finn Kennedy
Senior Team of the year: Ryan Allen, Mark Blake, Josh Cubillo, Mark Lynch
From the club:
What were the positives for your club in 2014?
Season 2014 was a great one for the senior section of the club with the achievement of three of our senior section teams reaching their respective grand finals.
Where will you be looking to improve for next season?
Clearly, the ultimate outcome (again for the second year in a row) of the Under-18s being the only team to achieve premiership success was profoundly disappointing and not something that this club should view as an acceptable outcome. That said, we must not allow such disappointment to detract from our belief in the worth of the work we do and the enjoyment we derive from it. Our Mission Statement and its values include but are not wholly dependent upon Premiership success. However, we will strive for further improvement both on and off field next season.
How did you rate the performance of your senior group in 2014?
No one can suggest this year that Abers has not recruited well and we have been very fortunate to secure players and people of the quality that were recruited and have been retained for next year. The players presented very well for pre-season when we embarked on our campaign in November last year. The inconsistency of the senior team on occasion left a lot to be desired.
Captain Josh Cubillo winning back to back Best and Fairest awards is testament to his hard work and dedication. For Mark Blake to be awarded the Reynolds Medal says volumes about his commitment and enthusiasm as a new player to the club and competition.
What was the most pleasing aspect about your junior group in 2014?
The club’s junior section continues to go from strength to strength and with our mandate of ensuring that all teams are competitive within their age group divisions, our coaches continued to focus on children’s participation and development. This was borne out by having 14 out of 15 junior teams make the finals series, with three making their respective Grand Finals out of which arose one ultimate winner in Under-16 Division 1. Because the club’s biggest strength lies in the junior section there is continual and specific attention paid in this area with every effort geared towards assisting junior players in the transition to senior football. It is this pathway that we believe is crucial to the success of our club in the medium-term future.
So close, yet so far for Aberfeldie. For the second year running the seniors suffered defeat in the grand final in a manner that does not diminish, but does overshadow some of the great achievements going on in other divisions and age-groups at the club.
It was put to then coach Mal Michael during the season that if his team was to win the flag, it would be in spite of its shortcomings, rather than because they resolved many of the on and off-field issues that plagued a clearly talented team. Michael at the time said he believed the issues could be resolved.
Ultimately the lack of variety in the forward line cost Aberfeldie dearly. The number of long bombs and high hopeful balls kicked to a one-on-two or worse in the grand final was telling.
Aberfeldie had territorial dominance in the last five minutes of the grand final but couldn’t scramble a shot on goal in the desperate final stages, never mind construct a clear-cut opportunity to shoot for the lead.
A new coach and new direction has arrived for 2015 as the club seeks to finally get over the line and end a premiership drought in the top flight stretching back 41 years.
Best win – Dismantling Keilor and Avondale Heights back to back in the finals showed that in spite of some rocky times during the home and away season, Aberfeldie had timed their run for September.
Toughest loss – The grand final aside, blowing a big lead against Greenvale at home in Round 10 was an alarming way to lose.
Club best & Fairest results:
Seniors Joshua Cubillo
Reserves Frank Fazzolari
Under 18 Premier Jackson Barrett
Under 18 Div 2 Luke Rodenburg
U16 Div 1 Jordan Farrell
U16 Div 2 Anthony Horomidis
U16 Div 5 Isaiah Ibrahim
U14 Div 1 Jordan Farrell
U14 Div 4 Jacob Elia
U14 Div 5 Jordan Di Sipio
U14 Div 6 Nicholas Tolevsky
U12 Div 1 Oscar Berry
U12 Div 4 Michael Ktona
U12 Div 5 Lachlan O’Connell
U12 DIv 7 Hunter Greer