We all shared the agony of falling just short of a win at Glenelg. A shot touched on the line, or a missed kick under pressure, is often the difference between victory and defeat, and right now we’re on the wrong side of results. What we did see, though, was a whole team giving everything for the jumper, fighting back and then devastated at the final siren.
Football is our core reason for existence, of course, and a number of things have become apparent since our premiership victory. With such a huge loss of players after that success, our list needs a major refresh. That is a top priority and we have reorganised our recruiting and football operations to make sure we put a strong, talented team on the park. Our members and supporters demand that and we have to make sure it happens.
Congratulations to Aaron Fielke on his 150th game in the red and black. Of our current list, Aaron has played more games than anyone else if junior games are also included, denoting a commitment to West Adelaide that he can be proud of.
Off field, we continue to gradually improve our financial position. Halfway through the financial year, we are still on budget, although we face challenges over the rest of the football season to see good attendances and people at the club. If you’re a member or supporter and haven’t been to the club for a meal or a drink, you would make a big difference if you dropped in and joined your fellow bloods’ supporters.
We are also working on establishing a fund to protect our club well into the future and this has got off to a great start behind the scenes. Our support base isn’t the largest in the league, but there is no more loyal and passionate group in the SANFL and their passion will ensure our financial strength in the years to come.
Our CEO, David Grenvold, is continuing to streamline our procedures and operations and his expertise and enthusiasm is leading to a number of initiatives over the near future. We will also be welcoming a new staff member next month to upgrade our website and social media platforms, among other tasks.
What we can say to our members and supporters is this: be confident about the club’s stability. Be confident about our future. Be confident that we’re doing everything possible to build a playing list that you want to watch win games.
Most of all, though, be confident in your club. We’ve been through hard times and nothing is guaranteed in footy without hard work, but the work is being done and we’re excited about our future.