Montrose Football Club: achievements

After the disappointment of the Hawks going down last Friday night, I put on my red and blue scarf to cheer on Montrose in the second division Eastern Football League (EFL) grand final on Saturday. It has been an extraordinary year for Montrose, with the excitement of finally having state-of-the-art facilities — the Ken Dowling Pavilion is right up there with the best local sports facilities in Melbourne — and also the excitement of former Australian Football League players Troy Simmonds, Kane Johnson and Kayne Pettifer, guiding and supporting the local talent.

Montrose has built up extraordinary momentum and interest this year, which is reflected in the performances on the field and sponsorship and crowd support off the field. Despite great change, it remains a proudly local club, nurturing local players and supporting the community.

The club wants to compete where it belongs: in first division EFL. We almost got there. Montrose fought all the way but went down by 13 points to Lilydale. Despite the loss, this has been a historic year and I know everyone will be working towards going one better in 2012. Congratulations to president Greg Gardoll, coach Troy Simmonds and the players and supporters for a wonderful effort.

The future is also bright when you look at Montrose Football Club juniors. At the EFL juniors presentation night we had the following winners: Andrew Condello, under 16 league best and fairest; Dale White, under 15 runner-up best and fairest; Ryan Evans, under 14 runner-up best and fairest; and Ben Simpson, under 13 league best and fairest. Ryan Evans also won the most valuable player for interleague in his age group. Congratulations, boys, and to the junior president, Keith Noble, and his team.

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