The proud 19-year history of the Kenmore Football Club will be celebrated this Saturday, August 13, at their Homecoming Day.
It’s a day where the Bears faithful say thanks to the group of people who have taken them to where they are now.
“It is a very important day. The group of fathers that started the club 19 years ago are still involved in the club today. They come to all the home and away games they can, so it’s really important for the current players to know who started the club,’ Kenmore President Terry Mumford said.
While on field it will be all about the Bears’ players, when the reserves and seniors take on Burleigh at Akuna Oval, Mumford said it would be remiss not to recognise everyone.
“It’s massively important to thank everyone that’s involved, the club just wasn’t built on players, it’s the volunteers, the coaches, the spectators,” he said.
“We’ve still got the same water boy we had 19 years ago. Craig Graves still does two games every weekend.”
They are hoping they can get as many possible on the fence for the game.
“It’s about touching base with everyone who has been involved in the club in the past. Hopefully we can spark a little fire, and get them back down to the club more often moving forward,” Mumford said.
“Next year is going to be our 20-year celebration, so we are hoping to have a ball or something similar mid next season, so this is the start of getting some of these people back.”
Looking back through the clubs history, while the 2006 senior premiership would stand out to most, Mumford said the current shape of the playing list is a proud achievement for Kenmore.
“The big thing is our juniors that have come through from the Kenmore juniors, and a group who have also come from the Jindalee juniors, who are now the core of our senior playing group,” he said.
As they reflect on the journey so far, Mumford says they are well placed to continue to grow, and maybe even look down a new avenue.
I think we are in a good spot moving forward. Hopefully we can grow the club a bit more, get our Colts back up and running, who had a really successful stint between 2007 to 2011, where they won three flags,” he said.
“We want to get that back up and going, and then if there is room to grow into having a senior women’s team, we will also look at that. I think we are in that niche in the western corridor that we could get that interest.”
Kenmore’s Homecoming day kicks off with the reserves game at 11:45, before the seniors take to the field at 2pm in a massive clash for fifth spot on the QFA south ladder.
If isn’t enough, there will also be some live music to round out the afternoon, so everyone can enjoy the sights and the sounds of the day.
By Andrew Wiles