Members Statement – Aberfeldie Football Club
Mr CARROLL (Niddrie)—I rise to congratulate the Aberfeldie Football Club on winning the Essendon District Football League’s premiership division grand final over the second weekend of September. The front page of the Moonee Valley Leader of 16 September was emblazoned with the headline ‘Finally the flag is ours’. Within the newspaper was a double-page spread with the headlines ‘Abers rewrite record books’ and ‘All down to teamwork’. Breaking their 41-year drought, Aberfeldie pulled off a stunning 166 to 90 score against Greenvale to cap off a perfect 20-win season. It is the club’s first top-grade flag since 1974.
This record-breaking win by 76 points has overtaken Strathmore’s 73-point margin in 2006. Aberfeldie’s win was many years in the making after the club came up short in the 2013 and 2014 grand finals. As Aberfeldie president John Larkins said in the Moonee Valley Leader:
I think you learn a lot out of losing grand finals…
We’ve worked terribly hard to put together a great season and to come along and perform on the final day was fantastic.
Kicking five of the first six goals of the match was the star line-up of former AFL players Brock McLean, Kyle Reimers, Luke Blackwell and Angus Graham, with Angus Graham winning the best on ground medal after kicking seven goals in the match. Triumphant first-year coach Adam Potter put the club’s success down to the hard work done in previous years and, most importantly, the team first principle, saying:
They’re a great team and that’s been the theme through the year—team first.
The Aberfeldie Football Club is also fostering the next generation of players, with the club taking the premiership in the Essendon District Football League under 18.5 division. I look forward to following the players’ bright futures. Finally I thank Aberfeldie Sports Club chairman Jim Pound and president John Larkins for their exemplary leadership. This is a great team on and off the field. I wish them all the best for the future.