Soccer background makes way for Bright Talent

Despite being one of the toughest defensive lynchpins in the SWFL women’s competition, South Bunbury’s Kiarni Stevens is happy to let her performances do the talking.

Stevens shone in the Tigers’ grand final win over the Bulldogs and her effort was recognised with a life members award during Saturday night’s best and fairest count.

The 19-year-old was surprised with the acknowledgement, especially as she did not initially hear her name called out, after leaving the room momentarily.

“I was actually quite shocked when I got it,” she said. “My teammates came running towards me and said I had won an award.

“So I semi-ran back into the room and said “yep, I am here” while walking up to the stage.”

Growing up in Bunbury with a soccer background, Stevens played primarily in defence before emerging as an imposing goalkeeper.

Following her success with the round ball game, Stevens was approached by former Tigers women’s coach Teagan Smith to play for the Tigers in 2017 and has not looked back.

Following five matches in her first season, the resolute teen has become a South Bunbury staple, much to the delight of everyone who wears red and white.

But one thing which is never too far from Stevens on the field, or in her thoughts, is her family.

Aside from her Tigers teammates and coach Maxwell Jetta, who have become like a family to her, Stevens proudly has a tattoo on her left shoulder, in memory of her nan.

“My nan passed away last year,” she said. “She has always been someone who has been really close to my heart.

“And I always thought if she passed away I would get something to represent her. She always supported me when it came to sports, so now she is always with me when I play footy.”

Outside of football, Stevens enjoys kickboxing and playing video games after her study commitments. “I am studying building and construction for carpentry and joinery,” she said.

 

Justin Fris
South Western Times

Colts Coach Position

South Bunbury Football Club are seeking applications for a Colts Football Coach for Season 2020.
Applicants are invited to email their resume to southbunburyfc@bigpond.com, Attention the General Manager – Tracey Evans.

Coaches for 2020

The Board is pleased to announce that the following Coaches have been reappointed for Season 2020!
League Coach: Stephen Bilcich
Reserves Coach: Ash Cadman
Women Coach: Max Jetta
Congratulations Bilo, Ash & Max!

Awards 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 South Bunbury Football Netball Club Awards!

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS
Past Players Achievement Award Luke Rees
Crabb Medal’s Club Person of the Year Craig Evans
Manea Family Medal’s Playing Clubman Maddi Nuske
Depiazzi Medal’s Best Performing Young Player Lewis Evans-Thomson
Life Members Award Kiarni Stevens & Rocco Versace
NETBALL
Open MVP Jade O’Connell
Open Runner-Up Emily Wilson
Reserves MVP Lauren O’Connor
Reserves Runner-Up Rachel Douglas
Masters MVP Kat Gislingham
Masters Runner-Up Leila Cooper & Kellie Bell
18 & Under MVP Hannah Rogers
18 & Under Runner-Up Imogen Hunt & Bianca Rewell
COLTS FOOTBALL
McGuire Medalist Jed Montgomerie
Colts Runner-Up Griffin Russell
Colts 3rd Place Rocco Versace
Colts 4th Place Jay Crossman
RESERVES FOOTBALL
McGinley Medalist Adrian Wasilew
Reserves Runner-Up Rhys Crawford
Reserves 3rd Place Reece Reynold
Reserves 4th Place Kurt Cadman
WOMEN FOOTBALL
Women Fairest & Best Ebony Bilcich
Women Runner-Up Karyn Beeson
Women 3rd Place Harriet Wedderburn
Women 4th Place Stephanie Jolly
LEAGUE FOOTBALL
League Thomson Medalist Brent Latch
League Runner-Up Josh Ryder
League 3rd Place Cale Delbridge
League 4th Place Ben Horsman
League Most Improved Josh Padlie

2019 Nola Marino Medal

Ebony Bilcich capped off a remarkable season in the SWFL women’s competition, where she tied with Fleur Parker for the 2019 Nola Marino Medal.

It’s been a hectic year for the 21-year-old, who shifted between basketball and football commitments with the same degree of passion.

Prior to April, Bilcich met with coach Max Jetta and her father Stephen, who coaches South Bunbury at both colts and league level, to discuss her plans during the winter months.

She decided to play both sports and heeded their advice about committing 100 per cent to each team.

“On Wednesdays I didn’t have anything on except coaching, which became quite a relaxing night for me I guess,” Bilcich said.

“Tuesdays were definitely the most exhausting as I had both basketball and football training sessions and I sometimes struggled during the sessions physically.

“But the girls around me in both teams just really helped me to push through.”

Should she continue to excel in football, there is every chance Bilcich could follow in her father’s footsteps and forge a successful career in Perth with East Fremantle, with the Sharks a powerhouse in the newly-formed WAFLW competition.

But for now, Bilcich is keen to share the good times with her dad, family and teammates, as the Tigers prepare for a date with the Bulldogs on SWFL women’s grand final day this Sunday.

“I think he is pretty happy for me and just proud of what I’ve achieved,” she said.

 

Justin Fris-South Western Times
Thursday, 12 September 2019 1:56PM

Vale Peter “Pinga” Upson

On the 13 September we lost a Legend.Peter “Pinga” Upson passed away suddenly at the age of 62.

235  League games

6 Premierships

Pyke Medal in his last Game(1989 Grand Final)

SBFC Race Day 2019

Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 12 PM

$110 per person includes Entry, Race Book, Food & Full Bar
Situated in Marquee in front of Dress Circle
Tickets available from Tracey Evans 0438822535, southbunburyfc@bigpond.com
RSVP 15th October 2019