New era dawns in the south


Pre-season problems: South Mornington Football Club is in trouble even before the start of the footy season. Without yet taking to the field in the Southern Football Netball League, the club has put out a call for help: it needs more players.

THE impact of COVID-19 on both the community and sporting clubs last year reached far and wide. The clubs lost a season of playing football as well as their ability to remain financial.

The pandemic hit South Mornington Football Club hard as it was to be its inaugural season in the Southern Football Netball League since transferring from the Victorian Amateur Football Association after 12 years.

South Mornington, based at Mount Martha, was looking forward to 2020 with new clubrooms and a new senior coach in Terry Brennan. However, its pre-season was brought to a sudden halt and then, after the initial lockdown was lifted, training resumed for a delayed start to the season on 25 July. But the season was abandoned, as it was for all other sporting codes.

This year is looking brighter. South Mornington has resumed pre-season training at Citation Oval, Helena Street, at 6pm Mondays and Wednesdays.

The club has, however, found that fielding two senior sides this season is going to be a problem given the low numbers at training. With practice matches planned over three weeks in March, and the competition scheduled to start on 10 April, players are urgently needed.

Past and potential players are invited to “pull the boots on” and enjoy playing football in the club’s inaugural season in the SFNL.

Those interested should contact Terry Brennan 0413 889 938 or club president Colin O’Neill 0414 517 839. New sponsors can display their signs on the main oval. Details: Shane Pope 0400 335 589.

First published in the Mornington News – 16 February 2021


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