Under 14 Falcon Jack Hornby had a successful 2017 Season. Playing on permit for the Ipswich Cats under coach John Fothergill, Jack was elected by his team and coaching staff as Captain. The team reached the preliminary final and Jack received the Coach’s Award at the Cats presentation evening last weekend.
Last week, Jack played in the Brisbane South West U14 representative team at the State Championships at Maroochydore. Jack was selected as one of 25 in the team, and having played in the Cats Division 4 team this year, was a big learning experience for him to play amongst Division 1 & 2 players. The team finished the carnival with three wins and 1 loss, coming equal top with Northern Rivers and Central Queensland.
Meanwhile, after receiving the Falcons 2017 Umpire Encouragement Award sponsored by Scenic Rim Regional Council, Brittney Hornby has been invited to travel with the Queensland teams to umpire at the Female Diversity & Inclusion Championships at Byron Bay in October. Brittney is one of only two under 18 female umpires from Queensland invited to attend the championship and will be coached by some of the best senior umpires in Australia during the week.
Along with Eli Bennie playing at Mackay earlier this year, there is some fantastic AFL talent coming out of the Fassifern. We are excited to see all our Falcons grow and develop into the best they can be, whether playing, umpiring or coaching AFL or any other sport. Thanks to each of our coaches, AFLQ pathways and especially our sponsors, our club has the resources and opportunities to assist kids of the Fassifern to reach their potential.
Also of note for 2017 are Brittney’s U17 girls team and club umpire Riley McAlister’s U16 team reaching their respective Grand Finals. Unfortunately both teams were beaten on the day, however it’s fantastic to see our club umpires still playing the game and reaching the last game of the season.
Baylea Treadaway and Isaac Chisholm, who both started their AFL careers with the Falcons, also reached and won the Grand Final with their U14 team.
Congratulations to all our current and past Falcons who’ve received recognition and success this year, we look forward to seeing you continue to improve your AFL skills and hope you continue enjoying the sport.