By DONNA HOWLETT*
THE Brighton Football Club has had a fantastic year, in many ways which is all looking great for the future. We were extremely proud of our reserves who made it to the preliminary final, finishing second and the senior side who were unfortunately knocked out in the second semi final having finished in sixth position this year.We are pleased to have had Ben Atkin as senior coach, Nathan Senior, reserves coach and Shane Cranfield, coach of the Colts. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all committee members, and volunteers who have helped out at our club this year, there is a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes and all has run fairly smoothly.
We would also like to thank our major sponsors for 2011 and look forward to their continued support next year – Schweppes, Smiths Snack Food Company, 4one4 Real Estate, Brighton Council, Home Loan Options, Midland Truck & Bus, IGA – Everyday, Stramit Building Supplies, Supagas, Paul & Elizabeth Geard, Roberts Real Estate- Brighton, Brighton Quality Meats, Advanced Contracting, Brighton Pizza Plus, Solartint, MS Automotive, Iris Computing, Typeface, GSS Investigation Services, Westfarmers Insurance, Willows Tavern & Tempory Fence Hire (TFN) and 9/11 Bottleshops. We also had wonderful support for our players with many players sponsors coming on board, a huge thanks to all of them for their support.
We would like to congratulate some players on their individual achievements with their commitment to the Brighton Football Club: Grant Wakefield 200 Senior games, Brad Boucher and Brock Steele, 150 senior club games and Dale Blackwell, Gareth Delaney and Darren Boucher, 100 senior club games. Huge congratulations to Adam McCarthy who earned life membership of the BFC having played 175 senior club games. Off the field we recognise Chris Goodluck and Neville Wylie on their fantastic contribution to the Brighton Football Club over many years who are also honoured with life membership of the club.
Our junior club has had another great year with over 270 registered players pulling on the boots every Sunday with success going to our U14 team winning the U14B grand final.
Now the season has finished for 2011, work is well underway ready for next year as we look forward to 2012 at the Brighton Football Club where ‘the future is bright’.
*Donna Howlett is secretary of the Brighton Football Club