We’re sure most of you by now would have heard the quote from the movie, Remember the Titans, ‘attitude reflects leadership, Captain’.
It may have come from a Hollywood blockbuster but these words ring true for many facets of life and with the Captains selected for 2014, we’re confident that our great club culture will continue to thrive.
At our Season Launch a few weeks ago Matt Young was named as Captain of our Senior’s and Liam Pollard for the U19′s. This news was followed up, in a move that should not come as a surprise to anyone, that Kathryn Hull has been named as Captain of the Women’s team for the fourth year running (literally running as she just doesn’t stop)!
We’ve taken the time to catch up with our Captains during the week and have a chat about what the club means to them and what they see as important leadership qualities.
Name: Matt Young (Youngy)
Years playing AFL: 8
Years at Power: 8 (2007 U18 team)
Youngy is also the clubs senior mens Registrar.
Name: Kathryn Hull (Huggies)
Years playing AFL: 8
Years at Power: 5
Huggies is also club Secretary and Women’s & U19s Registrar.
Name: Liam Pollard (Polly)
Years playing AFL: 12
Years at Power: 4
What does it mean to you to be a Captain of Southern Power and what do you think the role of a Captain is?
Youngy: This Club obviously means a lot to me, so the opportunity to be Captain is something I am very proud about it. I feel very humble in being named Captain considering the Captains that I have played with since my time at the Power. The role of Captain in my eyes is to be doing the right thing on and off the field and to make sure everyone is enjoying their footy. Attributes that I believe are important in a leader is enthusiasm and a strong work ethic. Both these qualities are contagious especially around a footy club.
Huggies: Growing up I held a great respect for those leaders that go above and beyond on and off the field so to be recognised as one of these means a lot to me. I think a team leader should believe in hard work, motivation, encouragement, respect and fair play and be able to walk the talk with these qualities. Remember respect is earned – they lead, train harder, motivate and mentor, promote a harmonious working group, enforce positive attitude and encouragement and promote fair play and they have to be honest.
Polly: Being Captain means a lot to me because it’s something I always wanted to achieve. The role of captain in my eyes would be the person alongside the coach to help lead and push the team to keep improving on and off the field. A good leader shows commitment, has a positive attitude and uses their intuition.
What does our club motto ‘Power in unity’ mean to you?
Youngy: ‘Power in unity’ to me means that regardless of your gender, experience, position that we are all in it together. Essentially helping out your mate.
Huggies: It’s a great team and club motto. It promotes team work. It is a history as well as a future. It promotes a path and a common goal. I think it promotes ownership and accountability. It means that the on-baller can’t be the first out of the pack, score the goal, stop another and ruck all at the same time. It means that someone can’t coach, run water, time keep and umpire. It means that someone can’t run canteen, run the committee, schedule a roster, bank cheques and complete all the duties. I think it means that we have all decided on a direction and we are all going there together.
Polly: My understanding of Power in Unity is when everyone comes together to work as a single unit not an individual, for example a game of footy when we all work together we will be very hard club to beat. So as a club if we continue to follow our club motto we will continue to achieve great things!
What do you want to see Power achieve over the next few years?
Youngy: We have tasted success over the last couple of years, obviously the ones and the thirds winning grand finals and the women’s team making the grand final for the first time ever last year. After tasting that success hopefully we can continue to be there or there about come September time.
Huggies: Progression and expansion – While Div 5 was unable to get up and running this year steps are already being put into place for the foundation of a team for next year, and the club are working on developing pathways and links with the junior clubs to ensure that we can hold on and develop passionate young footballers from the Shire. The Women’s team are fielding more girls and are continuing to work on a pathway for their juniors to come through to opens. For someone that came from the foundation team when we would ‘bring a friend’ to get the numbers for a game, this is encouraging and finally rewarding. But I know there was years and hard work to get there with recruiting, pamphlets, minimal numbers, newspaper articles and social media bombardment but it was all worth it.
Polly: For the club to keep expanding and hopefully obtain the numbers so that power can have a team in each division in the coming years.
Do you have anything you’d like to say to our members and supporter?
Youngy: Thank you for your continued support over the last couple of years. As a club we truly appreciate it. Make sure as a club we continue to help out our sponsors as they have helped us.
Huggies: Power in Unity. “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
Polly: I would like to encourage everyone to continue to work hard like we did all preseason to continuously improve yourself as a player and the club as a group.
Thanks to our Captains for having a chat and we wish you all the best for the rest of the season.