Warm greetings to everyone on a freezing cold and wet first week of winter. I just wanted to take an opportunity to reflect on what’s important to us all in our football community.
One of the greatest aspects of football, and sport in general, is that it has this incredible ability to bring people together in a way many other areas of life don’t. In a world rapidly separating people from people through technology, sport continues to unite us.
There’s a great saying that steel sharpens steel like man/women sharpens man/women. In football we truly see this play out every week from the training pitch to the game day battles. The players in our club are constantly improving each other through the pursuit of a common goal.
They work hard together, play hard together, sometimes yell hard at each other but ultimately walk off together as one. Exhausted, exhilarated, win, lose or draw they come out the other side of each football week having taken another step forward together.
It’s so important that all of us who partake in this journey as a supporter, volunteer, coach or referee to remember that our place is to facilitate and encourage this great landscape of human interaction. In the past couple of weeks there have been some incidents across the Geelong Football region that have not been in keeping with this spirit of our great game.
This is not about highlighting faults in any club or individual but serves as a timely reminder to remember why and how we enjoy our sport. There is nothing wrong with the fierce support of your own team or family member playing but it must be done with absolute respect to all involved.
So please, enjoy the battles on the pitch and remember that we aren’t winning world cups, we are playing a sport that we all love and respecting all those around us in the process.