We began the finals campaign with both senior sides featuring. Our A’s finished third on the ladder and our B’s second – a tremendous effort by both sides.
The A’s played for a spot in the preliminary final and unfortunately fell short. Whilst much can be talked about of the efforts during the whole game, it is always going to be difficult pegging back a seven-goal deficit. As always, Coach McCarthy talks straight and feels we were outmatched by a strong, tall opposition who jumped out the gates with intensity. Not unfamiliar in a final and it just appeared the opposition wanted the ball more than us. The backs were under pressure all day as their mid-field run us ragged. So, lessons can be learnt through all the above.
On the upside, our B’s fronted up at Angaston oval for the semi-final and took the win. Grand Final here we come!! Coaches Sam Ryan and Tom Leslie will pick the side most likely to put that level of pressure on Gawler Centrals that this final will demand. The B’s have had some great wins and players all season, which will put us in good stead come September 17th.
A special mention also to the Bomber’s Senior Netballers, who will also play off for the premiership. We wish you success on the day and will make sure to have some extra supporters there to cheer you on.
As a synopsis of the season, across all grades the Bomber experienced mixed results on-field.
For the seniors, the byes experienced this year left many with mixed emotions. On the one hand, they provided our seasoned campaigners with good rest time for their experienced footy bodies; on the other hand, the byes seemed to prolong the team gelling on-field; certainly for the A’s. Having said this, we always placed a very competitive team on the oval each week, thanks to great depth, which we have the B’s to thank for. Some good wins were achieved; some tough battles ended in loss. Finals dreams were realised and brought to a swift end. Hey-ho! That’s football.
Our breed of young Bomber colts showed great signs for the Club’s future. With dedicated coaches and supportive parents, we saw the skills improving each week. Our senior colts team showed big hearts, persistence and perseverance. Whilst it did not translated to the scoreboard, this passion did not go unnoticed and left a good impression with many supporters.
As always, we remain focused on achieving on-field success now and for the years to come.
Off-field we enjoyed some excellent events this year. Here is a brief summary:
On the 22nd April, we launched “First Use Of The Ball”. Written and illustrated by Paul McCarthy and Danny Menzel from DM Graphics, it captures the essence of our Club from its inception in 1866 through to present day.
On the 23rd April, we also celebrated the Club’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary by hosting an epic evening event that proved to be everything it promised and more. This season is a momentous occasion for the Kapunda Football Club and indeed the broader Australian Rules Football community. The event has been nominated for a SA Sports Award 2016. With numbers closer to 500 in attendance the audience was treated to a well organised museum of The Bomber to promote our fine history; special messages from the likes of Bruce McAvaney and Russell Ebert; a superb video taking us back to 1866 through to present day and narrated by Kym Dillon and Tom Wren; with special release 150th mementoes including the brilliant book put together by our very own Paul McCarthy and Danny Menzel, which has set a new benchmark in sporting club records that capture the reader through story-telling and visual layout; our “1866” Red and White wines; Reidel glassware; 2016 Membership pins; through to new design merchandising to wear or display.
Sponsors and Life Members’ Day was held on the 7th May as an opportunity to show appreciation for those that give and have given so much to our Club.
We also had Michael Voss join the Bomber for our annual goods and services auction – AKA, Red & Rump night. Vossy was a gentleman and gave good insight to his experiences in footy and life. He left his mark that night together with many patrons who parted with their hard earned dollars to purchase the wonderful auction items donated by our sponsors and members of our community.
Then, we dressed in our holiday best for a mystery flight night, where our pilots, flight attendants and host countries provided those in attendance with an around the world dining experience and many laughs. That’s what nights like these are about.
Keep up the Bomber cheer and come support the lads as we chase the perfect end to a 150th season.
Go The Bomber!!!
First Use of the Ball: Celebrating Football in Kapunda Since 1866
This commemorative book superbly written by Paul McCarthy will be available from April 22nd.Read More…
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Note: There is a price increase on 1st May 2016. Pay your membership before this date to qualify for 2015 prices.