September 14, 2012  |  Member's Statement

Airport West Football Club: premierships

I rise to congratulate the Airport West Football Club, the almighty Eagles, on a successful 2012 premiership season. Last Sunday, 9 September 2012, was a very important and successful day in the history of the Airport West Football Club. The club had two senior sides in the Essendon District Football League grand finals. It has been 19 years since Airport West has had the unique experience of two senior sides playing in grand finals. The Airport West senior reserves match was the curtain-raiser for the main event and proved to be a good omen for the day as they defeated Glenroy 17.13 (115) to 10.10 (70). Congratulations to coach Chris Daley, captain Daniel Orr and all the team on a fantastic win.

The Airport West seniors performed what the Moonee Valley Weekly described as ‘one of the most remarkable comebacks in Essendon District Football League history’, overturning a 51-point deficit to beat West Coburg by 69 points in the division 1 grand final. What a win it was, with West Coburg kicking 11 of the first 13 goals only for Airport West to respond with 16 unanswered goals, winning the game 22.22 (154) to 13.7 (85) at the Windy Hill football ground in Essendon. Congratulations to player-coach Adam Contessa, captain Ricky McVeigh, player Frank Agresta, who was judged best on ground, and full forward Marcus Kenny, who finished with five goals and was the competition’s leading goal kicker.

A successful football club is only as good as its administration, and at Airport West there is a committed team of volunteers and administrators led by president Alan Torrance, his wife, Christine, senior vice-president Michael Muscat, junior vice-president Sean Triplett, and secretary Andrew Livingstone. Finally, congratulations to the Airport West under-12 team, who were the division 2 premiers, defeating Craigieburn 12.3 (75), to 1.5 (11). The Airport West Football Club’s future burns bright.