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A Message from the Club President Keith Doyle

Message from the Mount Eliza Soccer Club President

Dear coaches, team managers and parents,

Despite minor teething troubles, our first weekend of games was successful and the feedback has been great. Prior to the beginning of the season at the coaches meeting I mentioned that we are all ambassadors for the club and I’d like to reiterate what this means. It’s paramount that our words and actions are positive and we act as role models for the players. It’s important to remember that decisions don’t always go our way and players need to accept this; it’s a character building process and they’ll learn more in defeat than they will in victory. It’s crucial that we show respect to both the referees and the opposition coaches and players.

Coaches with slightly larger squads must ensure that all players are receiving equal game time and are not being rostered on and off every week. At Miniroos level player development is critical and players cannot be restricted to one specific position, I encourage you to make sure they experience different positions. This can be done during a game and doesn’t have to be done every week.

As you are all aware the club has grown substantially and with this comes more work for the committee. At this particular point in time the committee is smaller than you would imagine and will struggle to maintain the workload for the next 17 weeks. Our secretary has proposed an excellent idea regarding one representative from each age level being represented on the committee.  An email will be sent out in the coming days outlining further details but I believe this will help drive communication between coaches and parents.

I inspected Emil Madden Reserve last weekend and I’m excited to say that the fencing is nearly complete and the goal posts have been put in place. June/July is a realistic target for the commencement of some home games there. Over the past two months our treasurer Norm Edgar has put in a tremendous amount of hard work in ensuring that the grounds at the school meet the standards we expect. The clubrooms will also be ready within the next few weeks.

We have had a couple of small issues with Puma that are currently being fixed but the overall change has been well received. All of the new coaches and supporter’s apparel has been delivered and it will be great to see the clubs colours worn around the games and at training. The BBQ and coffee van will continue to operate and provide you with the well-deserved food and drink.

Toorak College has been an excellent addition to our training facilities and Mount Eliza Secondary School gym has been booked to further facilitate our training needs. Furthermore, we are trying to add flood lights to the secondary college and I will be in a position to provide you with an update in the coming weeks. We are fully aware that the website is due to be improved but Liz Reid has done great work with the resources she has been given. Liz will send out an email outlining specific details regarding the website but it will basically be a platform for match reports and game photos. If there are any members of the club that have a background in website design and would like to provide some assistance that would be greatly appreciated.

Good luck with the season ahead and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns, questions or queries. Keep an eye out for the committee request that Tim will be sending out over the next day or so and I look forward to meeting you all over the next 17 weeks.

Keith Doyle

MESC Club President