A YEAR TO REMEMBER
Season 2023 celebrated many things for the Thomson Football & Netball Club.
From a football perspective, we entered our inaugural Women’s team into the AFL Barwon Women’s Competition. Competing in Division 2, the girls finished the season in 3rd position but after some strong finals form, progressed through to the Grand Final against a powerful Geelong West Giants team. Ultimately we fell agonizingly short, losing in extra time by a solitary point. Irrespective of the result the club could not be prouder of our women footballers and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve in 2024.
In the Men’s section, club coach Paul Lynch has led the Senior side to the minor premiership (it’s first since 2019) while Paul Kinniburgh’s Reserves team finished the home and away season in 2nd spot. Our Senior side progressed through to the decider but ultimately fell short to a very strong Inverleigh Hawks outfit. While it wasn’t the result we were looking for, the club is extremely proud of the progress we have made after missing out on finals the year before.
Netball has once again continued to feature prominently at St Albans with A, B & D grade all vying for premiership glory. B grade was the pick of the bunch after finishing 2nd on their ladder and saluting for their 2nd straight premiership after an amazing fightback in the Grand Final.
Our presentation night was a huge occasion for the club to celebrate both the individual and team successes for the year. While we always focus on the achievements made during the season, the biggest outcome of the night was the induction of two Life Members.
Both Jackson Macleod and Jason Stein have been long-standing figures of the club and were unanimously recognised with one of the highest honours the club has.
The biggest news to come out of Thomson however is the celebration of our 70th year Anniversary.
On Saturday 20 August, the club formally inducted new Hall of Fame members while elevating two existing ones to ‘Legend’ status.
A prestigious award only bestowed every ten years, for the very first time we announced two from our netball section and two club administrators into the Hall of Fame, while nobody could argue with the two who are now officially recognized as legends of the TFNC.
Hall of Fame:
Ian ‘Polly’ Rankin (posthumous inductee)