Presidents Message

To all of our members, players, sponsors, volunteers and visitors,

Welcome to Season 2020

And welcome to the start of a new decade at the Flagstaff Hill Football Club.

A new decade presents us with an excellent opportunity to reflect on and learn from the past but also to get very excited and set goals for the future.

In the last decade, we achieved great success both on and off the field, culminating in winning the last 4 A Grade premierships and the SFL Champion Club of the Year – 4 years in a row. 

It also saw the introduction and rise of Women’s football of which FHFC was the inaugural SFL Women’s premiers.  Our Junior development continued to be our strength from our sub-juniors right through to our under 17.5’s. Not only were these teams successful and won a lot of premierships, but we also witnessed the development of these juniors into future football stars of the SANFL and SFL.

With such great success, it would be easy to rest on our laurels or to question ourselves.  Can we do it better? Is there anything left to achieve?

And to that I say – Yes!

I suggest we let our previous successes make us hungrier to achieve more and become an even better club.

Let’s strive to make this next decade THE BEST DECADE EVER in the history of the Flagstaff Hill Football Club.

Firstly let’s win that fifth flag!

Let’s get even more teams into Grand Finals!  Let us fill our last weekends in September during the ’20s watching all of our teams. 

Let’s get behind, develop and grow Women’s and Girls football. Let’s ensure that over this decade we will watch former Falcons playing in the AFLW.

Let’s put our hands up to do our bit.  A great deal of our clubs success is primarily thanks to its amazing volunteers. So perhaps, this is the year you consider signing up to be a trainer or making coffees on the weekend; you could offer to be the goal umpire every week or be the first to nominate to cook the BBQ.  What’s that saying about many hands? 

Let’s all get behind and support the Southern Football League. This competition that we get to play in is special, our travel is limited, and our teams enjoy playing together (same location, same day). That doesn’t happen everywhere.

Let’s wear the Red and Blue proudly and vocally. 

Let’s get our supporters back to watching community footy in droves. I touched on this a little at Senior presentations last October. At a time when our game is becoming more expensive and out of reach, let’s remind our greater community of the sensational product we have at the Falcons and in the SFL. On Grand Final Day, I witnessed the Red Army out in force willing our A-grade onto that historic win. In 2020 I want the might of the Red Army to have an influence whenever the mighty Falcons take the field; on both a Saturday and Sunday.  I would like to see our Junior players and parents stay and watch our seniors. I would also like to encourage our seniors to be actively involved in the journey of our Juniors.

Let’s continue to support our Community Centre and the other user groups. Let’s attend their events (like last week’s fantastic Bushfire Bash held by the Cricket Club), head out to their home games, and do as much as we can to put the community into our community centre (and hopefully a redeveloped one!)

Recent devasting events on Kangaroo Island; where I grew up and learnt to play footy, have solidified for me how important a Footy Club is in a community such as ours. Not only does it bring out the best in our boys and girls and men and women on the field. But it also shows us the best of people off the field with our countless volunteers, coaches, old farts, committee members and red army. What we have here is important.

Over the next decade, we will all face frustrations and challenges, but if we are all working together to create a culture of positivity and support, we can get through anything.  If we always refer back to our core values of remaining STRONG & UNITED, then, like we did last decade, we will achieve even greater things in 2020 and beyond.

This is a great time to be a FALCON!


Neil Williams