Hello Life Members, Members, Sponsors, Supporters & Friends of HVFC,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with the Happy Valley Football Club this Season 2023.
Thank you to our Major Sponsors Steve Turner from Lonsdale paints & Joe Maiorana from Harcourts Tagni Real Estate. For decades of sponsoring the club, along with all our other sponsors we couldn’t do it without you thank you!
Another busy season for the club with 24 teams across many different ages, with 6 senior teams includes Masters, 6 Junior teams, 12 sub-Jnr, Auskick & Valley kick programs.
Men’s Teams: Our 3 Senior Men’s teams, A & B grade men’s teams made it to finals A’s going out in 1ST week against Morphett Vale. Todd Margititch & the B grade playing group to make a Grand final but unfortunately going down to Flagstaff hill. C grade after a slow start to the season, started to regain some momentum late but, with a good player group emerging mid to late season hopefully good signs for next year.
Women’s teams: Div 1 Adelaide Footy League team. Started the season with new coach Michelle O’Brien (Chooky) With many new players coming to the club & the base returning from last season, The season by the way of results certainly was not what the group/Club was expecting with only a couple of wins late, to finish bottom of the table. With the unfortunate prospect of being relegated to Div 2, which is now apparent. Women’s Div 1 Reserves Had a positive season on field with a strong season to make finals. Credit to coach Jo Cooke & all the girls involved.
Junior Boys: all teams played a great brand of footy throughout the year to make finals, but all bowing out in the early stages, but there is some really exciting things coming for the Junior program with many of our U17.5’s going up to play Snr footy. Across the A, B & C grades
Junior Girls: U17’s had a great season with many of the girls having had played together for several years. Which resulted in a place in the Grand final v Christies beach but going down by 3 goals on a big ground at South Adelaide. Under 14 team had a year of development & learning which by the end of the season they were all starting to gel together. But fell short of the finals
Congratulations to all of the players that got to represent the club and play some form of representative football this year, special mention to Jacinda Schunselaar on Making State u18 girls team, Also Lachie Hamilton, Ben Barrett & Sebastian Oliver who won the state league club U18 championship with South Adelaide.
Thanks to all our Coaches, Game Day support, Trainers, Players across all grades as without you the club wouldn’t be what it is, thank you,
We farewell Guy Ridgway, Men’s A grade coach for the past 5 years, who has steadied the senior playing group from when he arrived at HVFC in 2019 Thank you Guy. With this the Club has appointed Andrew Cook as the club’s new men’s A grade coach. We welcome you & your Family to the club. He comes to us from McLaren District F.C where he coached a successful B Grade men’s team.
Also, Michelle O’Brien Div 1 women’s coach after 1 year of coaching here, HVFC club has decided to start fresh with a new SNR coach in 2024. Wade Phillips, who returns to us from his playing days. Wade has come to us from Willunga F.C where he was the women’s head coach. Welcome to you & your Family.
OFF FIELD CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS
- November 2021 Irrigation upgrade to the oval $150,000
- January 2022 New Toilets in the clubrooms $ $250,000
- June 2022 Clubrooms painted $14,000.
- July 2022 Digital Honour Boards $5,000
- June 2023 – 4 New changerooms built $1.5m
I’d like to acknowledge all of the user groups Presidents & Committee members for their support throughout these projects.
With special thanks to Ross Schurgott President of the HV Sports n Social Club and Steve Maguire President of HV Sports Park complex, of which both are life members and HVFC Hall of Famers
Many thanks also goes to our local member for Davenport Erin Thompson for the grant to upgrade the changerooms. Also, thanks to our local Onkaparinga council Thalassa ward Representative Marion Themeliotis. City of Onkaparinga Council for the works mentioned previously.
Also, thanks go out to the Southern Football league & Damian McCann of the SANFL, Adelaide Footy League with their support and guidance on and off the field this season.
Thanks to all the Gameday staff Coaches, Assistants, Managers, Timekeepers, Goal Umpires, Boundary umpires, Score board, water runners, gate keepers, Cleaners, Line Markers, BBQ, and Bar staff, everyone that volunteered. Without you the club just can’t operate.
Hall of Fame Inductees
- Peter Duffield
- Peter Ellis
- Lincoln Rogers
- Barry Love
- Steve Maguire
Life member inductees
- 150 snr game Player Jason Samarcq
- Service to club Non-Playing Daimian McCann
Trainers – Kate Martin who was this year’s head trainer and to all the other trainers and first aiders who kept the players best health interests at heart. Thank you!
Merchandise Sharon Nichole
Sponsorship Andrew Rowe
Membership Tara Weygood
Grounds Derryn Willcocks
Leagues Delegate Mark Howard
Football Director Shaun Hill
Communications Katherine Barraclough
Events Katherine Barraclough
Vice President Tammy Ingleton
Secretary Katherine Barraclough
5th Exec Member Mark Howard
Treasurer Jill Lillis, Life Member, who is stepping away after 6 years of treasurer & countless other roles over the past 18 years, Thank you.
To the incoming Executive & Committee members, it is a role which is very rewarding so good luck & have fun!
This is also my last year as President, of what you’ve help to make a fantastic club to be a part of. Which I was, so privileged to lead. To all the people that put trust in me & my committee members over the past 4 years, thru what was an extraordinary challenge right from my 1st day as President in 2020. I have made so many friends & meet so many people throughout the football community. Thank you for helping this New Zealand Rugby player to really come to love & appreciate this game & it’s culture.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year with your loved ones and looking forward to seeing you back at the Valley’s next season.
Go the Mighty Vikings
Happy Valley Football Club