Good times set to return at George Town Football Club

Under 18 coaches Darcy Layh, Zac Cooke and Dylan Clayton
Under 18 coaches Darcy Layh, Zac Cooke and Dylan Clayton
Under 18 coaches Darcy Layh, Zac Cooke and Dylan Clayton (PHOTO: Supplied)

2023 promises to be an exciting year for the NTFA premier division club George Town Football Club with the playing surface and drainage system undergoing a complete refurbishment in time for the clubs first home game at Blue Gum Park in season 2023.  

After famously winning the u21 Premiership in a Covid hit 2020 season, George Town Football Club have kicked on with the rebuild, winning 9 senior games last year with a young list and making finals for the first time in the Senior woman’s competition. The working relationship with the nearby junior club also appears to be working well, with the u18’s having another strong season, coached by Jason Shepard, George Town went as far as a preliminary final last year. 

Club President, Lynette Burt and the committee are doing a great job driving the club forward as they continue to build a strong culture at George Town Football Club. 

Lynette said, ‘we are focussed on keeping football alive in George Town, we continue to provide opportunities for local participation and keep on building that pathway for junior footballers in the region. The club has retained most of the players from last year with an excellent group of local coaches. The new ground has been seeded and will be ready for our first home game in 2023.’ 

The club is also grateful for local industry, business and government support with Lynette adding ‘George Town Football Club are very fortunate to have the ongoing commitment of the local industry and business partners and support of the George Town Council. The committee work hard to attract funding through grants available and align all improvements with our Strategic Plan, something we are proud of.’ 

The senior men’s team in season 2023 will be coached again by Adam Zanevra and Joal Coad while the women’s team will once again be coached by the popular Dave Marshall and prominent female coach Jodie Clifford, who continue to focus on a positive team culture and the enjoyment of playing football each week. Jarrod Bailey will coach the reserves team hoping to have a consistent line up each week while the u18’s will take on a slight change of direction and will be guided by senior players Darcy Layh, Dylan Clayton and Zac Cooke, with the club quick to put on record their gratitude for the work Jason Shepard has put in. 

The club has been proactive with player recruitment for season 2023, recently announcing that gun forward Chev Deacon will return to the club after 2 seasons at Scottsdale. Adam Etchell joins from Grand finalists Rocherlea while 2 x senior fairest and best, Jack Hulse returns after a year living in Victoria.             

Pre-season training began in November with great numbers reported.  

George Town Football Club are one of the best supported sporting clubs in the region, a great old fashioned country football club with a rich history, famously playing in 9 senior grade grand finals between 2001 and 2009 and winning 8 of them! An incredible effort at any level of sport. The club fell on some hard times for a while there, but is certainly trending upwards again now, they have a great group of loyal supporters and sponsors who have stuck with the club through thick and thin.  

Expect George Town to play finals in all grades in 2023 with an NTFA senior men’s Premiership a real possibility over the next few years. 

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