In our Presentation Day yesterday, Hayden Jones, one of our U14 players was awarded the Wayne Rose Trophy which is our award for the clubs Goalkeeper of the Year.
Hayden did a sensational job this season as goalkeeper as he has done in previous years. Hayden has shown great dedication to his football, his team and also his club and this is proven every week at training and in every game.
Hayden has gone very close to receiving this prestigious award previously, so it was a proud moment for both him and the club for him to be selected as the recipient of the award this year. Hayden was also the recipient of his 10 Years Service Award at the Presentation Day which shows his outstanding commitment to the club.
Today’s Presentation Day saw two people added as Life Members of Belmont FC.
This is considered a great honour and is awarded only to those who have shown a great deal of commitment the the club over many years.
About Richard Watkins
Richard is instantly recognised by many as the man who as been the Belmont FC President for the past 5 years who has worked tirelessly with great dedication, however his work within the club extends far beyond that.
Richard’s dedication to the club has gone far beyond the recognised position of President. Due to limited amount of helpers at the committee level, Richard has had to wear more than one hat the entire time including, but not by any stretch limited to, the Treasurer’s position for 4 of those 5 years. Richard has given the club all of his spare time over the years and has done so with a passion that is rare to be seen.
Some of the things achieved under Richard is the concreted area in front of the club house where the awning (still a work in progress is to cover), the dugouts on Ground 2, an improved irrigation system using water from the installed water tank (a Lake Macquarie City Council project), improved drainage as a result of numerous truckloads of soil which was spread to required areas over the grounds (each year), the ongoing use of the Rye Grass Program which was introduced prior to Richard’s appointment, the installation of the PA System, hosting Finals matches in 2015 and hosting a very successful Grand Final’s Weekend in 2016 the first time Belmont FC hosted Grand Final’s in over 25 years.
Prior to his appointment in the President position, Richard was already heavily involved with helping out the club with most of his efforts being in the Girl’s side of the club, having coached a number of years and taking on positions such as the Girl’s Team(s) Coordinator.
Everything that Richard has done for Belmont FC has been done with the utmost commitment and his efforts are now recognised.
About Clint Starrett
Clint began his Belmont FC journey as a player in Under 6’s and continued on for his entire Junior soccer (as it was called then) career within the club before moving into the Senior ranks. Clint’s first Grand Final win came when he was in our U14’s side but filled in for the U16’s that were Captain/Coached by his brother Jason. Clint was also a part of Grand Final wins with Belmont FC in U15’s, U19’s, O35’s and All Age.
Clint has coached Belmont teams for the last 13 years and in some seasons coached more than one team. Clint has served time on the Committee as the Coaching Coordinator and Vice President but much like Richard, when in those positions assisted in fulfilling other roles to ensure the club was able to do what was required to be a better place for those within it. For the past 8 years Clint has maintained the website and more recently created the new site as well as managing the Facebook page.
Clint is always willing to help out others within the club and is well known for it. He has been involved with this club for approximately 28 years (only missing the years between his Senior playing days and when his eldest son began playing)
If anyone is able to supply images of Richard we’d love to add them to this gallery.
The Finals Series is now over and Belmont FC proudly has a Grand Final winning team in our Over 35’s Friday night team.
We had five teams make the Semi Finals, our U13’s, U17’s All Age G grade and All Age K grade and Over 35’s.
We saw mixed results with:
U13’s winning their match 2-1 vs Warners Bay to move into the Preliminary Final
U17’s winning 3-0 against New Lambton earning their place in the Preliminary Final
All Age K suffering a loss to Cardiff 5 – 3 which forced them into the Preliminary final after a top 2 finish in the competition
All Age G winning 2-1 against South Cardiff and claimed their position in the Grand Final
Over 35’s suffering a 2 – 0 loss against Lake Macquarie which forced them into the Preliminary final after a top 2 finish in the competition
Moving into the Preliminary Finals round we lost two teams in the battle with three moving through to the Grand Finals. The results were as follows:
U13’s suffered a 3-0 loss to the Kahibah team that went on to win the Grand Final against the previously unbeaten Maitland team.
U17’s went down 1-0 against Cooks Hill is what was a close encounter.
All Age G had a week off after their win in the Major Semi Final.
All Age K won 2-1 against Belswans in a closely battle game.
Over 35’s had a 2-0 win over Rutherford to gain their place in the Grand Final.
Into the Grand Final, the three remaining Belmont FC teams were full of hope.
The weekend was off to a great start with our Over 35’s claiming victory on Friday night with a 1-0 win over the Lake Macquarie team that had beaten them in the Semi Final 2-0 two weeks earlier. This was Belmont FC’s first win over Lake Macquarie in the season.
Unfortunately our All Age G were not able to continue with the winning ways for Belmont FC on the receiving end of a 4-0 loss against a tough South Cardiff side on Saturday.
The unfortunate results continued on Sunday with our All Age K suffering a 2-0 loss to Cardiff.
Belmont FC is proud of all of its team, not only those who made it through to the finals and would like to congratulate all of our teams on a successful season. We look forward to celebrating the season with you at our Presentation Day on Saturday 16th September at Marks Oval, and then call upon you to come along to the AGM on Monday 18th September at Jewels Tavern. At the AGM you may just attend to hear how the club has gone throughout the season or you can nominate to fulfill a position in the club moving towards and through the 2018 season, with our current President stepping down from the committee we need more volunteers and there are many positions available.