Welcome back for season 2016/2017
With open arms, Banks FC welcomes all returning and new players along with their families to season 2016-2017. In its 39th year as a football Club Banks FC has a short but storied history that has a brilliant tendency of drawing in quality people in. Premiership success along with barnstorming functions and close knit community atmosphere is all on offer when you join our great Club. All family and friends are encouraged to participate on and off the field.
A special acknowledgement to our mighty and supportive sponsors. Thank you for your ongoing support both financial and volunteering goods and services to the club. Our Club has been given great opportunities to move forward because of the help these people and companies provide. I empore all players to spread the word of these companies that sponsor Our Club, it is a duty of anyone who calls themselves a Bulldog to support our sponsors in any way possible. As our new major sponsor this year, I would like to thank The Lost Arc and Discovery for joining forces with Banks FC for this season and beyond
The retaining of Mark Tyrrell as Division 1 senior coach assisted by Will Johnson for another season provides stability and the professionalism that Our Club strives for. Will will also captain the club for the fifth year, (setting a new club record for years as captain), congratulations from all at the Club. Will is a tremendous leader on and off the field. Aaron Knapman will be his vice captain. Andrew Pope assisted by Ray Scarlett will coach the Division 2 this year and have already set the standard high with their leadership and education qualities shining through the preseason. Luke Speed will captain the side along with Chris Pick as his vice captain.
Thank you to the committee members from season 2015-2016 and welcome to the incoming committee. Once again the crew behinds the scenes has a few new faces but the like-mindedness of Banks volunteers shines as bright as ever. Before the ball has been bounced a small group of people, giving up their personal time, band together to make football what it is to enjoy. Please take the time to thank a volunteer this year, without them the beers don't taste as sweet, in fact they are probably hot. Any question you have this year please don't hesitate to direct them to any committee member outlined later in the booklet.
A special mention to Mike Harrison, Domenic and Yolande Miraglia, Chris and Emma Pick for the great work done with the inaugural Banks Pups Under 12s team which was a great success and has been entered again this season with already a massive increase of numbers on the track. The Pups play on Friday nights at TIO and we encourage any senior players or supporters to come along to cheer on the future legends of Our Club.
The transient nature of the Northern Territory provides challenges to stay at the precipice of success but also offers some amazing opportunities. Every year dozens of new players come and go and each one is influenced differently by their experience at Gardens Oval. So many stories of player's first premierships have started with "I moved to Darwin and joined Banks".
The history of Our Club is undeniable, success on the field made possible by amazing people behind the scenes. Nothing great comes easy and nothing done easy will be remembered as great.
Here is a photo of 5 past premiership players who still catch up for a drink.
David Parkinson (Parko), Allen Lehan (Gutter) 1982 Premiership Captain, Roger Ind (Mad Dog), Barry O'Connor (Bluey) played in 1982 Premiership, Kurt Johansen (KJ)). All played in the 1981 Grand Final together. 36 years on and they all still catch up!!! GO DOGS!!