Football Operations Manager Stuart Balloch gives a rundown on the recent Torquay camp.
On the 6th February we headed to Spring Creek Reserve, Torquay, to commence the 2015 Player Football Camp. It is the second year that the club has been hosted by Torquay Cricket Club and Grossmans Cottages, and we see this as a positive relationship with the Surf Coast Shire and the broader region, that forms part of the club’s talented player pathway through the Geelong Falcons. We would really like to thank Nick Hosking - President of Torquay Cricket Club and owner of Sandbah Cafe - for his hospitality, and Mick Grossman at the Grossmans Cottages.
Coming to Torquay is not only a great way to bring our group together, but also a great opportunity to work with the local club, and this year we were able to get half a dozen young Torquay footballers to join in with our Friday session. Our hope is that through these sorts of initiatives we can continue to provide an opportunity for young men to follow in Matt Boag’s footsteps and develop at our VFL club. Matt is now in his second year at VFL level. We look forward to a continued relationship with the Torquay Football Club, especially with its Werribee connection. Former Werribee Captain Dom Gleeson is coaching the Torquay Tigers and joining him are former players Sam Wormald and Jarrod Mather. We wish them all the best for the 2015 season.
It was unfortunate that we were not be able to relocate the VFL game last year due to various reasons, but we will continue to work with the region to try to make this a reality in the not too distant future.
In other news, the 2nd Annual Tigers Table Tennis Crown took on a slightly new format, with a stronger emphasis on teams and rotations. 2014 Champ Keenan O’Shea (representing the Western Jets) passed the crown to this year’s champions, Joe Cousins and Tom Holman (with late draft pick Nathan Laracy) of the Murray Bushrangers defeating Tasmania, who were represented by Mitch VanDenBerg, Dom Killworth, Jesse Crichton, Brody Mihocek and Matt Hanson in a titanic struggle, 21 points to 19.