SHOALHAVEN United Football Club has had an extremely successful season in the Shoalhaven Senior Football Competition.
It has won the competition championship in all five senior men’s grades.
Shoalhaven District Football Association president Ian Cockburn said it was something no club has ever achieved in the association.
“We conduct five senior mens competitions. There is first, second and third grade and over 35 first and second grade. Incredibly one club, Shoalhaven United, has won the competition championship in all five grades. It is hard enough to win one however to win five in the same year is an extraordinary achievement,” he said.
Shoalhaven United Football Club president Mary Lou O’Leary said the club was happy and proud of this achievement.
“I must acknowledge the work of senior coach Trevor Skingle and the managers of the teams, Steve Parkes, Wayne Anderson and Scott Rankin. Club captain Matt Fuz and Dale Baxter also contributed when Trevor was away for several weeks recently,” she said.
“We are also proud of the fact that the majority of the players involved in this achievement played juniors with the club. In fact out of our top 26 players, only four did not play juniors with the club, and of these only one has played at another local club.”
Senior coach Trevor Skingle is still struggling to come to terms with what the club has achieved.
“At the start of the year our goal was to make the finals in all grades. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we could finish on top in all five grades,” he said.
“We have been strong in the lower grades for a few years and I think everyone is aware of the strength of our over 35 first grade side. But we didn’t even contemplate finishing on top in first grade in such a strong competition.”
Skingle said United was undefeated in first grade a couple of years ago and still finished second.
“I guess this makes up for that somewhat. But while this is a fantastic achievement, we must still work hard if we are to even make the grand finals. All the competitions are close and anyone could go on to finish premiers.”
Skingle congratulated and thanked all the players for their efforts so far this year.