Lake Wendouree Football Netball Club - 20 Year Reunion 2015
Saturday 2nd May, 2015
The Lake Wendouree Football Netball Club is abuzz for the 2015 Season.
We salute our original visionaries who had the foresight to form our great club 20 years ago and to all those who have since contributed to the club over the years we say thank you. It was no easy task starting up a new Club, recruiting players, sourcing volunteers and raising the funds to get everything up and running - We hope those involved in the early years feel proud of their achievements and are excited to see how far we have come as we celebrate 20 great years. Who will forget the Lakers ground teeming with players early in 1995 wanting to play under our great coach. The place was buzzing with anticipation despite the doomsayers predicting we wouldn't win a game in 1995- we won more than one, in fact we made the finals in year one and played off in the GF in 1996 and 1997 which was a phenomenal effort after starting from scratch. The renowned "Lakers Spirit" was born from our very first game and has remained a key part of our culture till today.
It's very fitting that we now look back and celebrate what the last 20 years has provided which of course includes great team success in football and netball plus plenty of laughs and friendships formed that will last a lifetime.
A snapshot of our first 20 Years has seen the Lakers achieve 31 Premiership Flags:
1 U13 Reserves Netball Premiership
2 U15 Senior Netball Premierships
1 U 17 Senior Netball Premiership
5 Under 18 Netball Premierships
2 C Grade Netball Premierships
3 Reserve Netball Premierships
7 Senior Netball Premierships
1 U12 Reserves Football Premiership
4 U12 Senior Football Premierships
1 U13.5 Senior Football Premiership
2 U16 Senior Football Premierships
2 U18 Football Premierships
and the unforgettable year of 2010 when we won our first Senior Football Premiership, the same year we took home all 4 Netball Flags- an unforgettable weekend!
The Lakers have won 8 Merv & Mary Howard Awards for the best club in the Ballarat Football League plus taken home over 25 League Netball awards and over 15 League Football Awards - including one "Henderson Medal" - Paul McMahon (2010). Many of our players have also represented the BFNL at interleague level plus we have also have two of our Club legends inducted into the BFL Hall of Fame - Peter "Joffa" O'Connell (2008) & Sally McLean (2014). The Ballarat Football Netball League Senior Netball Best & Fairest Award plus our own best and fairest is now the Sally McLean Medal and our senior football best and fairest is named in honor of our inaugural coach Joffa, and we can't forget our own Leigh Williams winning the Keith Lawrence Service Award for his contributions to the Ballarat Football League.
Of course we have also nurtured our share of AFL players through our juniors with James Walker (Fremantle) Jordan Roughhead (Western Bulldogs) Steve Clifton (GWS) and our most recent draftee Dan Butler who we are very excited to see being drafted to Richmond in 2015. On top of our draftees the Lakers have provided more than our share of top players to the local VFL scene over the years
Not a bad achievement after only 20 years of involvement in the Ballarat Football Netball League also not forgetting the sub-standard playing facilities we have had to endure for way too long until our positive news for 2015.
Many of you will now be aware that we will begin our 2015 Season with a brand new oval! The Ballarat City Council have funded $1.1 million to re-develop our C.E. Brown Reserve, home of the Lakers, and it looks simply outstanding - the boys are raring to play their first game on the pristine surface the day of our reunion celebrations - Saturday May 2nd. At this stage, we are also hoping the new netball courts will also be ready for the start of the 2015 season which will be a welcome sight for our highly successful netball program.
We have a big day planned for May 2nd given it will be our first home game for the season playing against Sebastopol (who co incidentally were the first team we played against in our first year). On this day we will also be officially opening our new oval and our juniors & seniors are all playing at home together that day. A VIP afternoon tea will be provided for those that have purchased a ticket to our Gala Evening which will be memorable event as we announce our All Star Football & Netball Teams of the first 20 years. It will be a night where we hope to see many old and new faces back at the Lakers so you can catch up with friends and supporters that you may not have seen for years.
We hope you can join us for what is going to be a very memorable weekend. Many great people have experienced great times at Lakerland and we would love to see you return as we head into some very exciting times.
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AGENDA FOR THE WEEKEND
Netball depending on completion of new courts
Times to be confirmed closer to date.....
As you can see it will be a great day of football and netball with both juniors & seniors playing against Sebastopol on the day.
8.00am - U10's (Oval 2)
8.55am - U12 Reserves (Oval 2)
9.00am - U18.5 Football (Oval 1)
9.00am - U11 Netball
10.00am - U19 Netball
10.00am - U13 Reserves Netball
9.50am - U12 Seniors (Oval 2)
11.00am- C Grade Netball
11.00am - U13 Senior Netball
11.05am - U14 Reserves
11.30am - Reserves Football (Oval 1)
12.00pm - B Grade Netball
12.00pm - U15 Reserves Netball
12.20 - U14 Seniors (Oval 2)
1.00pm - Reserves Netball
1.00pm - U15 Senior Netball
1.35pm - U16.5 Reserves (oval 2)
2.00pm - OFFICAL OPENING OF OVAL
2.00pm - U17 Reserves Netball
2.15pm - Senior Football (Oval 1)
2.15pm - Senior Netball
3.00pm - U17 Senor Netball
3.10pm - U16.5 Seniors (Oval 2)
3.20pm - VIP Afternoon Tea in Club Rooms
7pm - Gala Event - St Patricks Cathedral Hall &
Presentation of All Star Teams.
Celebrating Premiership Success......
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