Season 08′ Coaches Report

Sitting down and writing this has probably been the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do. Football is my passion and when you work so hard for something and fall over at the last hurdle it rips the heart right out of your chest. Don’t get me wrong im proud of our achievements and so should all involved be but just can someone please give me that day back!

Reflecting on the year after losing a Grand Final is not something I wanted to do and it’s taken me a whole month to be able to do so but I owe it to the players, board, supporters and the whole Lindisfarne community to remain strong and focused on the bigger picture and that is Season 2009.

In many ways last season was totally unexpected. When the coaching staff sat down during Pre Season and set our goals the only thing we were really focused on was enough improvement to play finals, so we set about making this happen. I guess it started with our recruiting, our focus was on players we needed to fit our style of play rather than just any available player. Our recruits included Justin Rainbird and Mark Cashion from New Norfolk, Justin O’Brien from Uni Mowbray, Brendan Johnson from North Hobart, Andrew Boucher from Hobart and of course Luke Goodsell returned to the club as an Assistant Coach.

Our Pre Season was massive to say the least, we worked extremely hard and got incredibly fit. Much of the credit for that goes to our Fitness Coach Dave Scott. Dave’s professionalism and knowledge was fantastic and he helped us instill that into the players both with there preparation and recovery and Dave should be proud of what he was able to do for us.

When Round 1 come along we knew we were prepared physically but for myself there was still a feeling of the unknown. I wasn’t sure what to expect, I knew I had a great list of players in great physical shape but could we put the score on the board, we all now know the answer to that and I guess the rest is history!

Our performances through the Home and Away season were unbelievable and sometimes left me forgetting I was actually coaching this group and I found myself just watching them play in awe of how good they were. They took all before them and made my job pretty easy, a few simple instructions, a simple game plan and away they went. We got through to the Second Semi undefeated and in pretty good form and the win in that game, for me, was our best without a doubt. Now, I won’t talk about what happened next because we all know but I just want to say despite what happened im a proud coach, not for myself but for the group of players that put themselves on the line for me and the club week in, week out.

So many people to thank, firstly and again to all the players for your efforts, be proud of what you achieved. To the Board for all your support, to the supporters for being there week in and week out, to our sponsors for your generosity and last but not least to my coaching staff. Justin Myers, Luke Goodsell, Kaine Menzie and  Nathan Senior. You guys all did a brilliant job in your specific roles and I couldn’t have done it without your continued support, thanks guys.

In summary I just want to say, I’ll never forget season 2008, well apart from that one game!


Daniel "Willey" Willing

Home Second Semi-Final & Thank You

Congratulations to all, involved in securing our rightful home final next week.
The revoking of the (SFL) decision for us to proceed with our home final sees "commonsense" prevail. Despite media reports of us "not getting off our backsides" to field an under 17 side, we all know that tireless efforts were made by the Club to field a side for the 2008 season.
Seeking legal action was our last resort as we officially requested a reversal of the harsh penalty at prior meetings and by correspondence.  Engaging Legal Counsel Guy Able (Hunt & Hunt) was a smart move due to his extensive legal knowledge in these types of matters.  Guy has acted for us and the Cricket Club in the past which resulted in successful outcomes for the respective Clubs'. 
It's now time for us to support our players both in the reserves and senior sides in their efforts to win the flags for the Lindisfarne Football Club.  Good luck and "go for it" boys!!!

Jamie Bone

Media Release 8th August 2008

The Lindisfarne Football Club was this week stripped of its right to host a second semi final home game despite becoming minor premiers for the season.

At a SFL Regional League meeting this week attended by representatives of all Clubs, a vote was taken against Lindisfarne hosting the final because the Club failed to field an under 17 side for the 2008 season.

The Lindisfarne Executive announced the Leagues’ decision to players’ and members’ after Thursday night’s training session.  The Executive informed players that the second semi final will now be held at another venue on Saturday the 23rd August.

The decision was a indirect result from meetings with the Regional Clubs’ last year and a meeting earlier this year, that any Club failing to field an under 17 side would be penalised in some form.

It was also announced that revenue from the day will be directed to the Regional League without compensation to the Club.  The decision to host the final at another venue will see a loss of revenue for the Lindisfarne Football Club of around $15,000 to $20,000.

A delegation of Lindisfarne Football Club members headed by Mr Jamie Bone will be seeking a reversal of the League’s decision or at least appropriate monetary compensation to the Club through the Club’s Executive.

Mr Bone said that the players and supporters had worked hard all year and earned the right to host the final given that both the Seniors’ and Reserves’ have performed exceptionally well.

He further said that while it would not bother the players to play at another venue, there is precedence through the SFL Regional League and other leagues that Clubs’ in our position are granted home game finals.  The potential loss of revenue to Lindisfarne would be detrimental and was unacceptable.

There is no secret that our Club has struggled on and off the field over the years and tried valiantly in the off season to field an under 17 side.  In fact the Club did field an under 17 side on several occasion throughout the year which were counted as practice matches.  Mr Bone said that the Club had recently appointed a well known junior development officer to ensure the Club fields sides in all grades next year.

Mr Bone stated that he was disappointed to learn that other struggling Clubs had voted against Lindisfarne hosting the final and will be meeting with members, coaches and players throughout the week to discuss courses of action.  Any courses of action will be directed to the Regional League via the Club’s Executive, which will include seeking legal advice.