By Alesha Capone
Point Cook Centrals senior football coach Dean Chambers says the club is feeling “buoyant” ahead of the next season.
Chambers, who was recently appointed along with new assistant coaches Alan Williams and Gary Buckley, said the club officially would started its pre-season training on Tuesday, November 16 at Alamanda Reserve.
He said that 2021 has been “a frustrating year for everyone” with the season ending prematurely.
“With some personal changes in both the coaching staff and some welcome additions, everyone is buoyant about the 2022 season and our vision of wanting to play finals again,” Chambers added.
“We have added approximately 12 new players that will bring some fresh excitement to our existing playing group.”
Chambers said the Point Cook Centrals were always keen for new players to join their teams, including boys and girls across the all age groups from the under-nines through to under-18.5 players.
“We are very much an all-inclusive sporting club with both football and netball,” he said.
“We are all for supporting and working with for our local community – men, women, boys and girls – we want our local community to embrace our club whether they join our club or we would welcome to see as many families attend our home games as a social gathering.”
On Sunday, November 7, players, coaches, staff, administrators and volunteers from Point Cook Centrals gathered for a meet-and-greet at one of their sponsors, The Brook Hotel.
Arm with plastic bags and gloves, they divided up into small groups and spent an hour picking up litter from in and around Featherbrook Reserve.
“When groups returned we weighed in all the rubbish collected – total weight was 135 kilograms,” Chambers said.
Chambers said he and the assistant coaches wanted to instill the value of respect in the club, relating to “who we are and the role we play within the community”.
“As part of our new culture we want to become more community focused with our care own-do attitude,” Chambers said.
He said the weekend event was the first time that Point Cook Centrals has conducted a rubbish collection activity.
“The group thought it was a fantastic initiative and they were overwhelmed of how much rubbish was collected in such a short period of time,” he said.
Key contacts within the club are: senior football coach Dean Chambers on 0438 093 302, junior coordinator Janet Orchard on 0413 006 125, girls/women’s football director Leanne Meyer on 0458 959 350 and girls/women’s netball coordinator Kelly Van Blommestein on 0412 948 095.