The Marcellin Old Collegians Football Club is sad to announce that Simon Abrahams has stepped down as Senior Mens Head Coach.
After four years at the helm of our Mens football program, as well as three years as the Under 19s Head Coach and a 2019 season as a Senior Assistant, Simon informed our playing group at last Thursdays dinner that Round 18 would be his final game in the role of Senior Coach.
Simon was appointed into the role in 2019, and after an impressive pre-season it was cut short due to the COVID pandemic. Although the team could not take to the training track and were kept separate, Simon was critical in ensuring our players remained connected and continued to keep fit and active when they could under the relevant restrictions. When restrictions eased and players could come together, Simons ‘Duty of Care’ groups allowed our players a great opportunity to continue to keep up their fitness whilst also maintaining their mental health during a tough period for us all.
2021 provided constant interruptions however Simon was able to help guide the Seniors to a stronger year than their previous one in 2019. Although the team sat 4-7 when COVID ended the season, the team had an average losing margin of 12pts and were constantly competitive in every game they appeared in. 2022 brought through some more challenges, however Simon was pivotal in developing the youth of our club as 6 Under 19s made their Seniors debuts in this year. These appearances have done wonders for our clubs development, as these players are now key pieces who have bought in to the football club which we will be eternally grateful to Simon for.
2023 provided its own challenges to both the playing and coaching group, however regardless of the results we are proud of Simon for his efforts in this challenging year and his continual passion for the development of our club.
Simon departs as a coach for the club he played 162 games for, in which he was a 2x Premiership Player (2005 Under 19s and 2008 Premier B) and a consistent force in the Seniors midfield. More recently Simon has returned for the Bald Eagles, having a terrific season and was one of their best in their recent Grand Final appearance a few weeks ago. Simon has also spent some work with our Womens program at trainings, in which the team has gained invaluable knowledge which assisted them in their recent finals campaign.
We would like to thank Simon for all he has done for the Marcellin Old Collegians Football Club, since he first debuted in 2005 all the way to his last game coached on Saturday. We would also like to thank his family, especially his wife Lauren and daughter Ally, for continuing to support both Simon and the club over his time as both a player and a coach.