Glenorchy Knights end 2016 season on a high

THE Glenorchy Knights Football Club has taken the 2016 soccer season by storm with its men’s seniors team clinching Football Federation Tasmania’s (FFT) Southern Championship premiership title.

In their debut performance, the Glenorchy Knights seniors’ team secured the premiership with two games in hand, emerging on top of the ladder with a total of 13 wins, two draws and one loss.

Club president Tony Bacic said that with nine teams in the competition, this was a “terrific” result for the Knights.

“For their first time competing in the Southern Championship, the team did extremely well to secure the premiership win,” he said.

“Our success shows the potential of our team and our goal is to now regain our position in the National Premier League for Tasmania.”

In addition to the premiership win, the championship team were semi-finalists in the Summer Cup, quarter finalists in the League Cup and secured the annual play-off for the ANZAC Day Cup.

The Glenorchy Knights under-13 team also placed first in the Youth Cup.

“The club has also welcomed new sponsors Roberts Real Estate and the Victoria Tavern, which has enabled a technical director to be appointed for 2017,” Mr Bacic said.

“This position will help the club establish a much-needed ‘Academy for Youth Football’ in the northern suburbs region.”

Mr Bacic said the Glenorchy Knights had a great club culture and that all the teams performed admirably throughout the season, both on and off the field.

“There has also been an increase in our support base, which is always fantastic to see – our supporters were vocal, enthusiastic and turned out in droves to each of the weekly games,” he said.

“It has also been pleasing to see increased numbers in our juniors and Skills Acquisition Program.”

To accommodate the continued growth of the club, the Glenorchy Knights are supporting a proposal by the Glenorchy City Council to redevelop their grounds at Prince of Wales Bay, Goodwood.

The proposed redevelopment includes the addition of lighting, the establishment of clubrooms and the extension of the playing grounds.

Mr Bacic said the redevelopment would be a “huge step forward” for both the club and the community.

“Glenorchy desperately needs this redevelopment as football is continually growing and more youth are getting involved,” he said.

“As it currently stands, our teams are required to train in different locations and our main aim is to bring them all together so we can build a solid club culture.

“We want to give our teams and all our club members a proper home, as well as provide a thriving base for football in the northern suburbs.”

The upcoming 2017 season will be a special year for the Glenorchy Knights, as the club gears up to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

To mark the occasion, the club will be hosting a special birthday celebration at MONA on 22 April 2017.

Mr Bacic said the birthday event was an opportunity to celebrate the club’s many achievements during the past 60-years.

“There have been some hard times in the past 60-years and I think it shows the club’s character that we have been able to survive this long,” he said.

“This is a huge achievement and our club members, both past and present, as well as our many supporters, will be there to celebrate our rich history.”

For more information about the Glenorchy Knights, visit www.glenorchyknights.com.

Caption: The Glenorchy Knights 2016 Southern Championships men’s team. Back from left: Tony Bacic (president), Franco Previdi (coach), Dallas Joiner (assistant coach), Stuart Page, Alessandro Bellini, Gus Rumney, Kawa Kurdistan, Ben Phillips, Alex Nandan, Mathew Nowicki, Dmitri Nester, Declan Foley (vice captain), Mick Thorne (manager), John Wheeler (trainer) Front from left: Stuart Woodham, Siyar Kurdistan, Jade Clay (captain), Jack Kupsch, Ethan Engels, Hugh Foley, Nick Di Falco, Hugh Graham. Absent: Jacob Herbert.

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