2014 Annual Report

Sacred Heart Pymble Football Club  
 

2014 Annual General Meeting

 

Presidents Report

 

2014 Volunteers        

We cannot run the SHPFC without the support of the volunteers that we have.  A big thank you to team Coaches & Managers for the work done on training & organising players for the weekend matches. Many have been with the same teams for a number of years & some have done it for the first time. You have done a great job.     
 

The way we see is that volunteers commit for a season & then are under no obligation for the next season. This way volunteers can plan ahead for the family holiday, jobs to be completed around the house, supporting another child’s interests or simply having a break. It is a role that keeps on giving, so give it some thought for 2015.   
 

Behind the scenes competition organisation is done by another large group of volunteers, including –  
 

·         Age Coordinators – Duncan Barber (U6), Chris McDougall (U7), Luis Ferreira (U8), Sinead Berry (U9), Stephen Elms (U10), Tessie Sato (U11), Michael O’Sullivan (U12) Les Fleming (O35) - take on the task of organising teams, coaches & managers at the start of the season & making sure everything is ready to go. If you ever wondered how it all comes together, look no further than the work done by the coordinators.  
 

·         Luis Ferreira – who took on the Registrar role this year & performed it like an old hand. Next season Luis is looking forward to registering two U11 teams. In the past we have had one as players leave Sacred Heart Pymble at the end of year 4 but with the NSFA providing special time requests we can meet almost all school sport commitments. Thank you Luis.  
 

·         Michael Hall – is our Gear Coordinator. Michael is the guy who sells the clothing & organises the kit bags for each season. This year Michael also prepared kit bags for the summer season. Thank you Michael.  
 

·         Adam Panarello – is our Director of Junior Development. Adam has been instrumental in getting our training & development plan together. Thank you Adam for the work to date forming & then implementing the Club player training & development plan & taking on the task of working closely with KickStart.  
 

·         Chris Wong – takes on the mammoth task of organising the Team photo shoot, the taking of the photos, getting the formatting right (player names etc.) & then printing the photos. We are able to include team photos as part of the registration fee because Chris volunteers his time & equipment to take the photos. Thank you Chris.  
 

·         Daisy Siri – is our Recorder. Daisy did a great job working out how the MyClubMate system works & chasing down late match results. This year our record for completing the player points system was the best it has been. Thank you Daisy.  
 

·         Les Fleming – is an experienced hand in club administration, having performed a lot of the volunteer roles, including President for 3 years running. Les took on the role of Over 35 Coordinator, making sure that the SHPFC over 35 Squad put teams on the field each week & representing them at Committee meetings. Thank you Les.  
 

·         Jon Anstee – is our Vice President & looks after the relationship with our Sponsors, IGA, and Pet Barn & AMF Bowling. We are able to do a lot of the extra stuff we do, including continuing to offer the lowest registration fees in the competition, because of our Sponsors. Jon also looked after the player & team trophies this year, ensuring that Presentation Day went ahead smoothly. Thank you Jon.  
 

·         Peter North – is our Grounds volunteer. Managing the coordination of oval access has always been a bit of challenge, but this year we were under control. There is a mix of science & art in predicting if an oval will be open on the weekend & then making a call on the risk of churning the oval up too early in the season. Thank you Peter for managing the oval this year.  
 

·         Chris McDougall – is our Secretary. Chris was also the U7 Age Coordinator & G12 coach for 2014. We should also thank his wife Natasha for letting Chris take on this workload. Chris’s meeting agenda, minutes & allocation of actions will take some beating in 2015, having raised the standard to a new higher level. I will also point out the G12s were Premiers in 2014.  
 

·         Michael O’Sullivan - SHPFC have always been fortunate to have good Treasurers & 2014 was no exception. Our Treasurer, Michael O’Sullivan, put together a budget for revenue & costs & it has proved to be spot on. Thank you Michael. We are in a good position to pursue our plans for 2015 on training & improvements to the oval. Michael also hosted the three Committee meetings we hold each season, sparing us the trauma of holding the meeting on our designated date at the Pymble Pub which often clashed with the pubs Trivia Competition night. Something to be experienced once – the trivia night that is.  
 

The Club also works closely with Anne & Jodie from the SHP School Office in getting the weekly newsletter out, arranging access to the School Hall & other various tasks. Thank you Anne & Jodie.   
 

It goes without saying that the volunteers always have the family support that enables them to do what they do. I know from experience that the formal position always has an organiser, coordinator or last minute action helper in the background. Thank you to all family members of the volunteer group.   
 

Team Results      

We registered 210 players & sixteen teams in the NSFA competitions. Three teams made the final play-offs – U12, G12 & U13.   
 

G12 were the Division 2 Premiers. U13 were Runners Up & Finalists. U12 came very close to beating Northbridge to be able to go through to the final & look ready for a great season in 2015.  
     

Summary        

Team  
     

Goals For  
     

Goals Against  
     

games  
     

trend  
     

win  
     

draw  
     

loss  
     

ratio win+ draw to games  
     

U6 Blue  
     

98  
     

160  
     

16  
     

-62  
     

3  
     

2  
     

11  
     

31%  
     

U6 Silver  
     

74  
     

105  
     

15  
     

-31  
     

7  
     

0  
     

8  
     

47%  
     

U7 Blue  
     

98  
     

76  
     

15  
     

22  
     

9  
     

1  
     

5  
     

67%  
     

U7 Silver  
     

114  
     

57  
     

16  
     

57  
     

11  
     

3  
     

2  
     

88%  
     

U8 Blue  
     

25  
     

41  
     

15  
     

-16  
     

6  
     

1  
     

8  
     

47%  
     

U8 Silver  
     

34  
     

70  
     

15  
     

-36  
     

3  
     

1  
     

11  
     

27%  
     

U9 Silver  
     

44  
     

40  
     

16  
     

4  
     

3  
     

2  
     

11  
     

31%  
     

U9 Blue  
     

16  
     

35  
     

16  
     

-19  
     

5  
     

4  
     

7  
     

56%  
     

U10A  
     

31  
     

45  
     

14  
     

-14  
     

4  
     

2  
     

8  
     

43%  
     

U10B  
     

30  
     

34  
     

12  
     

-4  
     

4  
     

5  
     

3  
     

75%  
     

U11A  
     

43  
     

42  
     

14  
     

1  
     

8  
     

1  
     

5  
     

64%  
     

U12A  
     

34  
     

15  
     

13  
     

19  
     

9  
     

1  
     

3  
     

77%  
     

U13A  
     

67  
     

17  
     

13  
     

50  
     

11  
     

1  
     

1  
     

92%  
     

G11

52

10

14

42

8  

4

2

86%  

G12A

43

3

14

40

13

1

0

100%


We monitor the Win + Draw / Loss ratio during the season & goals for / against. Our goal is to achieve about a 50% ratio & a balance between goals for & against. Soccer results are fickle & I would not want to count the number of games that lose by a single goal & a bit of luck. A 50% ratio means a teams wins or draws as many games as it loses, ensuring a good competition for the players & making sure that players enthusiasm is not diminished by a run of losses or lop sided match results.       

Each year SHPFC & the NSFA learn something from the pre-season allocation of teams to divisions.  This year was no exception. Thanks for your understanding.  
Two take-aways this season are the value of lunch time soccer on the school oval for players & teams & how the structured training provided by our training partner KickStart contributed to our overall performance.       

We will have KickStart back in 2015 for more & a bit extra. More details later.  
You might ask how SHPFC competition age group teams compare to other Clubs with 5 or more competition age teams. At the end of the season the NSFA adds all points scored in competition games and divides by the total number of competition games played.       

On this measure SHPFC came second out of the 18 NSFA clubs in 2014. There are a couple of reasons for this result. The first is that 2014 is the first year that SHPFC has had 5 or more competition age groups – U12 x 2, U13 & O35 x 2. Secondly, these teams have now been playing together for a number of seasons. There may have been a Division advantage. I also believe that the result is an early indication that the training program with KickStart is the right way to go.  
     

Club  
     

Matches  
     

Points  
     

Ratio  
     

BCRFC  
     

124  
     

228  
     

1.83871  
     

Sacred Heart Pymble  
     

77  
     

134  
     

1.74026  
     

North Sydney United  
     

643  
     

1063  
     

1.653188  
     

Asquith  
     

225  
     

361  
     

1.604444  
     

Northbridge  
     

869  
     

1380  
     

1.588032  
     

Chatswood Rangers  
     

314  
     

488  
     

1.55414  
     

Lindfield  
     

1062  
     

1505  
     

1.417137  
     

West Pymble  
     

464  
     

645  
     

1.390086  
     

Berowra  
     

491  
     

648  
     

1.319756  
     

Hornsby Heights  
     

263  
     

347  
     

1.319392  
     

Greenwich  
     

252  
     

330  
     

1.309524  
     

Prouille  
     

97  
     

127  
     

1.309278  
     

Lane Cove  
     

417  
     

522  
     

1.251799  
     

Kissing Point  
     

523  
     

623  
     

1.191205  
     

St Ives  
     

478  
     

563  
     

1.177824  
     

Mt Colah  
     

352  
     

402  
     

1.142045  
     

Wahroonga  
     

260  
     

284  
     

1.092308  
     

Brooklyn  
     

72  
     

71  
     

0.986111  
     

 
     

Financials      

Copies of the audited financial statements will be available at the AGM.  
Thank you to Steve French for auditing the 2014 financials. Steve has been doing this since SHPFC became an incorporated non-profit association & we really appreciate it.       

Communications        

This year our Communication Officer, Erin Buckley, produced a newsletter for each week of the competition which was printed in the School Newsletter & was available on the Club website. The website was regularly updated with other information as well. Erin wrote a couple of volunteer profiles to give club members a behind the scene picture of some of the Management Committee positions & edited this annual report. If you are one of the few not to have read the G11 & G12 match reports, then ask for a copy. Thank you Erin for performing the communications role in 2014.
     

Other Items 

Grant        

The club submitted an application for a grant to improve the drainage on the oval. Whilst the 2014 season was probably the driest in a couple of years, we still had a couple of weekends where we had to close the oval on the weekend. This is disruptive for players & teams who want a game & the NSFA who have to try to re-program the draw, where they can.  
The good news is that the grant was approved. The drainage upgrade will go ahead in December, after term 4. We will do the work at the same time we carry out ground repairs.       

FFA National Club Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) Level 1 
The Club prepared a submission in June & was the second Club in the NSFA to be accredited. The result ensures that the Club participation in NSFA competitions will continue.   
PrimarySoccer  

The level of interest by Sacred Heart Pymble players in the summer soccer competition organised by PrimarySoccer was fantastic. We had over 50 players register in the competition, up from 10 players last season. The competition is great for players & teams to build on the skills developed during the season & to have some fun.
 

Life Membership Nominations        

The SHPFC has two life members, Jeff Kernahan & Jon Anstee. Both have performed most roles in Club administration over a number of years. Jon continues to be involved. This year we will nominate Les Fleming for past & continuing contribution to the Club.  
 

Issues        

1.       If the Parish development application is approved & construction commences, at some point, access to the oval will be interrupted. The Club is exploring the alternative options available. We need to plan well in advance because we know that the alternatives are limited.     
 

2.       Changes to Working With Children regulations are being progressively introduced. For the 2015 season we expect the amount of paperwork to increase significantly. At the time of writing the exact impact is not known but we expect to better informed by late October.     
 

Proposed 2015 Plan        

Training        

·         We will engage KickStart in 2015 & tweak the model to allow us to provide additional coaching resources for the U6 to U9 age groups. These are the formative years & hence where additional resources will be of most benefit.  
 

·         Promote the NSFA Football School as a second training session for those interested. Note that this is additional training at the players own cost.  
 

·         In conjunction with KickStart we will review team scores during the season & identify actions that we can offer to coaches on areas like key player positions, game tactics etc.  
 

·         Promote summer soccer as a way to improve skills through game time & at the same time have some fun with friends.  
 

Registrations        

·         We want to make it possible for U11+ players to join or form a team in 2015. Some of these players find out that their school sport season is short. Many like the idea of more game time during the season & the opportunity to continue playing with friends. There are a couple of things that we did in 2014 to make this possible & we will continue to work on what is needed to make a season possible for these age groups. The goal is to make it relatively easy for teams to play around their school sporting commitments.     
 

NCAS Level 2        

·         Subject to a cost versus benefit exercise we will assess whether it is in the Clubs interest to seek Level 2 accreditation.  
 

Volunteers        

·         Prepare & action a plan that allows the Club to do its best to attract volunteers for team positions for the season.     
 

·         Prepare & act on a succession plan for the management committee.