To The Bendigo Football Community

As we now approach the half way point in the season there is no doubt we are in full Football mode. The junior teams have continued to stride forwards with almost all outfits managing wins over the last month impressing on a number of fronts as we continue to show our progression towards becoming competitive with every team we play. 

The under 12 side has continued to flourish without a week going by where they do not secure at least one win whether at home or away all over Victoria both Coaches Darcy Tucker and Steve Robinson can be congratulated for what is being done with this group.

Louise McColl and her Under 13s got up 1-0 against Werribee last weekend with their first win of the season, a well deserved result for the youngest of the 11 a side teams a clear display of the hard work that has been put in.

The Under 14s continue to develop under the Professorial leadership of Marcus Dawson, their understanding of the game and fluid patterns of play are a sign of the bright future this group has ahead of them. They have shown no fear going up against all opposition with the fire in their belly and determination in their eyes. A good example of the positive work going on in this group is the inclusion of Darcy McRostie in the Melbourne City Under 18 side as a training player which is very exciting news.

Despite a few tough weeks at the office Pete Lodewijks and his Under 15 boys have grown in understanding, ability and confidence throughout the year. They have put on a number of fine displays and no doubt will continue to show their talent throughout the remainder of the season. 

A recent late winner to see the the Under 16s go up 2-1 at home to Werribee with what could have been labelled goal of the season after a fine pattern of play saw Nick Williams strike the ball from outside the box in the final moments of the game to give Dave Gibbs and his side their third win of the season. 

After what has been a tough year for the Under 18 side there is no doubt that a 1-0 win at Geelong was the highlight for Joseph Failla and his troops. The side managed a late winner away in wet and muddy Geelong to seal 3 points and their first victory of the season. The group has been troubled by injury however their hard work and discipline has never been questioned. The right processes are in place and the group has developed hugely throughout the year.

The Under 20 side continues to compete week in week out with an array of close matches and top performances. Grant Lane has worked furiously with the boys and they continue to provide up and coming players for the senior side. It has been a tireless effort from Grant and his players and we look forward to the remainder of the season with a few wins just around the corner. 

As the transfer window opens and the Seniors continue their push to avoid relegation their is a sense of belief around the club. It may have been a tough year but there is no doubt that the energy in training and around the rooms has lifted significantly with the arrival of a number of new players including 2 players signed from USA in an attempt to push above the drop zone. Heath Trethan and his hard working assistants Peter Lodewijks and Simon Horne (Goalkeeping Coach) has no doubt added his own flavour to the side and after two competitive performances against the top two sides we are full of confidence going into the final stretch of the season. 

With the juniors set for the return leg of their fixtures it will be a great chance to show the improvement that has taken place throughout the season as we continue to grow as a footballing community. We have a very exciting Friday Night Lights event on the 16th June at Epsom Huntley which will culminate in the inaugural President’s X1 vs Bendigo City U18 fixture. This will see a select group of Bendigos finest Local talent with Under 21 players from all BASL clubs taking part. Head Coach of the Presidents X1 Ryan Pollard will be excited to put his side on show in what will be a great showing of the close relationship between the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League and Bendigo City FC. 

I wish all the boys and girls the best with their country championships, local fixtures and NPL games this weekend. Remember to keep practicing and never forget. Football comes First. 

Yours In Football, 

Freddie Seccombe
Technical Director