2014 in Review
Coburg Districts – Division 2 – 11-7 (3rd) – Preliminary Final
Senior team of the year: Nick Georgeades, Kyle Dalmau, Tom Lucin
From the club:
Coburg Districts comfortably qualified for the EDFL finals, its first series since returning from the WRFL.
Nick Georgeades, Kyle Dalmau and Tom Lucin made team of the year.
Unable to get a win against the top two through the home and away season, Coburg Districts fell agonisingly short of a grand final berth with a one point loss to Roxburgh Park in the preliminary final.
2014 was an interesting season with 38 players playing senior football throughout the season. Over the course of the year the game style we were trying to implement improved and the understanding of every player playing his role became stronger and stronger each week. Chris Tankard will continue as senior coach for his second season at the helm in 2015 as will senior assistant Andrew Smith. Kaine Hocking will coach the reserves.
The Club fielded an Under8’s and two Under 10’s sides in 2014 and also continued to have great numbers in our AUSKICK program. With both Under 10’s sides making Grand Finals having been 29 years since a Junior Coburg Districts side played in a Grand Final the rebirth of Junior Football is progressing well at Cole Reserve,. For 2015, our third year of Juniors, the Club is committed to increasing our Junior teams to include an Under 12’s side and continue on with our plan of eventually fielding teams in all age groups thus ensuring a football career path from Juniors to Seniors.
Safe in the top four for much of the season, 2014 became a tale of being unable to break through against the top two for Coburg Districts.
The team finished with a 0-6 record against East Keilor and Roxburgh Park. The gap got closer through the season, ultimately the narrowest margin put the Lions out in the preliminary final with the Magpies sneaking through.
The club appears to be on a steady upward trajectory since returning from the WRFL and will start 2015 as one of the contenders to take out the division. Retaining the club’s talent from attempts to recruit from higher divisions has worked so far and will be one of the keys to taking the next step.
Best win – A high-scoring see-saw game against Moonee Valley in Round 6 ended with a seven-goal final quarter form Coburg Districts and a 10-point win. The Valley were up by 15 at the final change.
Toughest loss – Going down by a point in the preliminary final, albeit in a situation where they were down seven with no time left and kicked a late goal to make the difference one, was a hard way to end the season.
Club best & Fairest results:
Seniors Tommy Lucin
Reserves Vinny Helou
U10 Div 5 William Banks
U10 Div 7 Nicholas Gorecki