The commitment of the volunteers at Canning City Football Club can never be questioned, as the club runs on their loyalty and energy. During the 2021 season one member went above the lofty standards already set to prove they ‘Bleed Blue’ and Canning City Football Club really does run through their veins.
Midway through the season and midway through a game what looked like an innocuous event led to his leg buckling underneath him and screams of pain. Fighting off the pain he manages to rally the team at half time and sits on the sidelines to watch the Canning City Amateurs fight their way back to a draw. Later on in hospital he would find out that the cracking noise he heard was his leg fracturing. You might think this was a player but no this was the coach of the Amateurs (and Club President) Jeff Rowlands. Not only did he stay to the end of the game he continued to coach and manage the team with his broken leg for the remainder of the season.
The commitment of Jeff to the club and team is unwavering. In addition to all his duties as Club President he showed a dedication to the Amateur teams in 2021 that was above and beyond. As coach he;
- gave over 50+ training sessions;
- mentored 35+ demanding players; and
- travelled over 1,350+kms.
This absolute loyalty and dedication shown to the team resonated with the Amateurs. Both the first team and reserves created a great team bond over the 2021 season and were rewarded with two league titles.
People say that talent can win games, but teamwork wins you titles. This can genuinely be said about the Canning City Amateurs in 2021, the teamwork on and off the field by everyone (not just the players) was resolute. None more so than Jeff.