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St Simons Community Football Club

A group of parents met in the lower common room at St Simon’s Catholic Primary School on the 16th November 1993 to discuss the formation of a new junior football club as a real alternative to the current offering. The group formed a committee and appointed the following executive office bearers: President – Michael Vanin Secretary – Greg Solomon Treasurer – Wayne Thornton General Committee – Ross Peters Kevin Cahill John Daly Peter Di Nunzio Rod Smith Phil Moran Jed Murphy Quentin Fredericks Greg Contrabona The committee passed the following resolutions: •That the club be know as The St. Simon’s Community Football Club •The club make formal application to the Knox Junior Football Association (KJFA) to join in Season 1994 •The clubs home would be Stud Park Reserve •North Melbourne jumpers would be worn •Development of club logo (Boxing Kangaroo) History Time Line December 14th 1993 •The club was accepted into the KJFA at the 1993 AGM. Season 1994 •The club fields two sides in the KJFA Under 10 and Under 12. •Fifty players. •No facilities at the ground so we used the Community Centre Tennis Pavilion as club rooms. •Use of toilets in Rowville Primary School about 200m away. Season 1996 •Application approved by Council to build pavilion at Stud Park Ground. Season 1997 •Pavilion completed for commencement of season. •Training lights installed courtesy of Start program. Season 1999 •Merging of KJFA and EDFL into EFL. •St Simons remains stand alone junior club. •Second ground secured at Lysterfield. Season 2000 •The change of the jumper. The reason for the jumper change was that under the EFL rules where 2 clubs have the same jumper, if one of those clubs is a senior club the senior club has priority over the jumper. We then set out trying to come up with a new jumper that met the requirements of the league, did not clash with other clubs and most importantly kept as much of what was SSCFC original colours. •This was the time for obvious reasons the “knights” were born. •This was the same time the words in the song were changed from “saints” to “knights” and “marched” to “charged” were included. •This was all done at the jumper presentation night held at the community center. At the time we always held the presentation nights as a club as it was the only time we everybody in the 1 place at the 1 time. This night was a great night for the club and everybody that attended was very excited when the long awaited “knights” jumper was unveiled. Season 2001 •Club searches for new ground. This was during the time where the club had solid growth and we required extra facilities. •SSCFC was awarded the Gordon Parker Best Conducted Junior Club award. This is a very prestigious award and is for the club that has conducted it’s self the best both on and off the field for the season. With a club of our size at the time it was a credit to all members to have received this award. Season 2002 •16 teams in 2002, the largest number of teams SSCFC was recorded with the EFL. With an average of say 20 players per team we had about 320 players. This made SSCFC the largest junior club in the EFL. Season 2003 •Liberty Avenue Pavilion opened.