2019 Year Book

What a season. On the field and off the field 2019 has been an amazing year. The club has once again gone up another level in so many ways. But let’s start with the most impressive win of the year. I don’t think it’s going too far to say season defining. How good is the new siren? The iconic blast that just is footy. I absolutely love it. As do the local residents. And the residents of Rozelle. And some in Balmain I understand.

Off the field, it has been a big year.

Busy, like stupid busy sometimes, but fantastic. The season started with a Welcome to Country from Aunty Bronwyn and a smoking ceremony from Uncle Max to symbolically welcome us all onto Jubilee Oval for the season ahead, and they returned in May for the launch of our new Aboriginal jumper, designed by artist Adam Hill AKA Blak Douglas for Sir Doug Nicholls round.

The jumper itself is just fantastic, and massive thanks to Mike Schofield and Bain Stewart for the work in championing the concept and getting us such an amazing design. The jumper embraces the Aboriginal history of the local area and acknowledges the female and male players in our club. It says loud and clear that we recognise the Aboriginal history of the land we play on and the contribution Aboriginal people make to our community and our club.

While we’re on inclusion, the club ran the inaugural Bring Ya Boots Pride round to welcome LGBTQI families to Glebe to come and try footy. Thanks to Cris Townley and her team of Richard Baker and Monica Bourke for their work in getting this up. All kids should have the opportunity to experience the benefits of team sport in a safe, welcoming, inclusive club environment, and that club is Glebe.

The Beer and Gin night was another huge success (or just huge) with tickets selling out in a matter of days. Not sure if it was the beer, the gin, the porchetta or sweet choons from bona fide rock star Davey Lane that did it, but those tickets went faster than a well made negroni on a balmy evening. Thanks to Bev Walsh, Mike Cooney and Luke Macdougall for the organising, and to Guy Fitzroy and especially Shane McKendry who was one minute taking an afternoon stroll past the club house and the next peeling 20 kgs of spuds and making sure we all got fed. It really was a great night.

In July, 70 Glebe players and accompanying parents, siblings and grandparents took over Ocean Grove Holiday Park in the third annual State of Origin, in support of Rivers Gift against the Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras. What a weekend it was. The Cobras were once again fantastic hosts at their magnificent home ground, the footy was hotly contested, and the holiday park had a jumping pillow. Tick, tick, tick. Between both clubs $20,000 was raised (up from $5,000 last year), with money coming from cake stalls, donations and the Glebe 2 Geelong runathon that saw around 2,500 laps of Jubilee run by players across all ages. I am very pleased to say that we won two out of three games and that the trophy came home to Glebe. Turns out these inner west kids can play footy. The Cobras will be coming to us in 2020, and we want to include a girls game on the schedule and retain that trophy. Look out.

As well the U10s hosted the Sandy Bay Lions from Hobart in their return match, also in support of Rivers Gift, and we are very proud they retained their trophy as well. A huge thank you to Cain Sarah who put in a mountain of work to get the trips happening, Dave Sawkins who worked tirelessly organising the runathon, allocating cabins and deciphering spreadsheets for Cain, and Matt Smith who helped organise the trip and coached the U11s.

On the Friday before Grand Final weekend we held the Presidents Lunch at Tramsheds. It was a really great afternoon with five previous Glebe Presidents in attendance and entertainment from Titus O’Reilly. It was really special hearing about the history of the club first hand from the people who ran it when it really was a hard slog, especially Simon Kelly who founded the club at just 19 years of age. Players were recruited by walking up to them on Glebe Point Rd and asking if they wanted to play footy. There certainly was appreciation from the current Greyhounds for the hard work that was done, and by the past Presidents for the great shape the club is in now.

This is an abridged excerpt from the President’s report. For more, and the important coaches’ reports, you’ll need to read the book.