The 2022 season was possibly one of the most successful in the history of the Club. All four grades made it into the finals, a first for the Club. We finished with two premierships in the B grade and D grade.
The A grade lost their elimination final to the old enemy PAOC and finished 5th. A disappointing result but still a good year.
The B grade won the Div 1 Reserves premiership defeating Old Ignatians SPOC 9.12 66 to Old Ignatians 2.6 18. SPOC went into the grand final as underdogs having been beaten by Old Ignatians on three previous occasions during the season. Also it was SPOCs third grand final appearance in four years and obviously the boys learnt from their previous experiences. This result was one of the most comprehensive demolition jobs that any SPOC footy team has ever produced in a grand final. A credit to Nick Harnas and his team. Ben Belperio was judged by the umpires as Best on Ground, but it really was a complete team performance.
The C grade lost their elimination final to Old Ignatians to finish 5th. As disappointed as they were, making finals still constituted a successful season.
The D grade (Dad’s grade) achieved the ultimate prize this year winning their third premiership in a row, our first ever side to do so. Final scores SPOC 8.9 57 Old Ignatians 3.4 22.
Ryan Obst was judged Best on Ground in a dominant display on the wing. Congratulations must go to Sam Bailetti on becoming a three time premiership coach of D Grade and to all the players who over the three years have contributed to this part of SPOC history. Do we dare to dream of four in a row in 2023!
On 23rd September the SPOCFC held its presentation evening at the Highway Inn. The night was a huge success attracting 110 guests to celebrate a fantastic season.
Over 35 awards were presented. I will not list them all but the Best and Fairest from all grades, best First year player and our Adelaide Footy League awards are listed below:
Best and Fairest A grade – James Hargreaves
B grade – Patrick Fahey
C Grade – Hamish Ferguson
D Grade – Nic Bailey and Fraser Cameron
Best First Year Player Ben Belperio
Div 1 Leading Goalkicker Jock McLeay 45 goals
Div 1 Reserves medal –
Best Player in Competition Aleks Kudra
Thank you to all our coaching, medical and support staff and to all the volunteers that contribute each week. Without your exceptional contributions we wouldn’t have had such a successful season.
Finally, thank you to Guy Roberts and his hard working Committee; you are all a pleasure to work with.
The SPOCFC Committee has already begun preparations for season 2023 while our players have a well earned break.