To The Bendigo Football Community, 

After another month of football we can now truly say the season is underway and everyone is in full swing with the NPL season so far. We have seen a great variety of results and performances from teams in all age groups throughout the first rounds of the season. We have competed with sides like Hume City who are reputed as one of the strongest Victorian clubs, for this the boys and girls can be very proud of themselves and the clear improvement that is coming from the hard work put in by players, parents and coaches. 

Despite a competitive performance across most age groups throughout the season sometimes a lack of ability to keep intensity for the whole game is a downfall. Often the first or second half is incredibly close however the other we give other sides the opportunity to capitalise on mistakes and get a comfortable lead. A good focus for the coming month will be to maintain effort, concentration and intensity for the full matches across all age groups and hopefully turn those close losses and draws into victories. 

With the movement in the senior side it is good to welcome local Heath Trathern who is currently the Head Coach of the First X1 and putting in strides with his ably equipped technical team to fight a difficult relegation battle. The side have seen a number of good performances in recent weeks however are awaiting their first victory and hopefully with all the right processes in place it will only be a matter of time before this is visible in results. 

The club along with BASL ran its first Holiday Programs which were a great success and will continue to operate during the school holidays as the year progresses. We have also opened up a SAP program which runs Mondays and Friday nights 430-6pm at Epsom and we welcome any late comers who wish to sign in to contact so we can facilitate the registration process. 

Another great month in Bendigo and I wish you all the best for the coming fixtures including Ballarat this weekend which is always a Country Derby (of sorts!) 

I look forward to seeing you all down there and to continue seeing each and every child improving week in week out! 

Yours In Football, 

Freddie Seccombe
Technical Director
BASL + Bendigo City