DANIEL PLOZZA – 300 SENIOR GAMES
On Saturday 27 July 2019, Daniel Plozza played his 300th senior game for Healesville Football Netball Club against Narre Warren at Narre Warren.
To commemorate his milestone game, Daniel had a great game and also kicked a goal.He was chaired off by Simon Gordon and Lachlan Pratt, with a guard of honour by his team mates and the Narre Warren players.
Daniel’s football career is what grassroots football is all about. He played all of his junior football (100 games) with our Junior Club before coming to play in our Under 18’s in 2002.
Playing two seasons with the Under 18’s, Daniel moved straight into the Senior side in 2004 where he first pulled on the number 36, which he has proudly worn since as one of our key backmen.
In the Senior side that day, he played with Simon Gordon and Casey Adams. He has been part of a formidable back line in the Seniors with Casey for over 15 years, only missing 10 games in total.
Over these years, Daniel has played on some of the finest footballers in the competition and has not lowered his colours too often. He is truly respected by the opposition players and his teammates.
Daniel captained the Senior side from 2013 to 2016, and led his team to two premiership wins – firstly in 2013 in Second Division and then in 2016 in First Division.
He is very highly regarded for his playing ability, winning many awards, and he has always been a consistent player. He is also very consistent with his pre-game ritual, consisting of his mum’s chicken schnitzel roll, two hot dogs and three dim sims, all washed down with a Powerade.
Daniel’s career with the Bloods is a great football story.
We believe that Daniel’s career is what junior football club and coaches are all about, producing players to reach such wonderful milestones at senior level.
Daniel comes from one of our great footballing families, his grandfather, great uncle, father, uncles and brother have all played for the mighty bloods and his sister, Beck, has worked behind the scenes in the canteen and more recently taken on the role of secretary for the past three years.
Both of Daniel’s parents, Rob and Chris (who were awarded Life Membership in 2017), have been tireless workers at our club and you can still see them working for the Club at every home game. A highlight in Daniel’s football career was the year he was nominated for the Interleague team and played on the very same oval as his grandfather and great uncle in St Arnaud.
The Committee and our Coaches appreciate what a great servant and integral part of the Club he has been and has greatly assisted and promoted our Club.
He has always supported and encouraged our players and volunteers to perform at their best and to feel a part of our Club. Last year, Daniel was rewarded for his dedication and service and the Club was immensely proud to award him Life Membership.
On behalf of the Club and all supporters we congratulate Daniel on the fabulous milestone of 300 Senior games. We are sure your family must be very proud of you, just as we are at Healesville Football Netball Club.
JODI CHANDLER – 250 NETBALL GAMES
Healesville Football Netball Club are also pleased to announce that Jodi Chandler will be playing her 250th Netball game with our Club this weekend.
Jodi is the first player to do so at this Club since the game was reintroduced to the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League in 2005.
She has been playing netball since she was knee high to a grasshopper and is the only current player who has played at Queens Park, the last link of our Club to this ground, so to speak.
In 2005, Jodie was the inaugural A Grade YVMDFL Best and Fairest winner and since then this award has been named in her honour.
Jodi became a Board Member in 2007 after the then League President, Tony Mitchell, asked her to assist with the development of the game within the League, a role she finished in 2017.
Jodi’s drive and commitment to the game of Netball in our community and League is truly remarkable.
Within our Club, Jodie has achieved most things:
Best and Fairest
She has also had the unique opportunity to play eight A Grade games with her daughter, Chenile, which is a great achievement. In 2016 Jodi, received Best and Fairest for our B Grade Team showing that she is still a very competitive player. Jodi currently coaches the U/17s netball team at Kilsyth.
Jodi and Chenile have played Netball together in the Eastern Health Indigenous games and performed a “Welcome to Country” at every home game of North Melbourne Football Club which is played on the large screen.
Jodi, Chenile, her mother and nieces conduct the pre-game welcome at the AFL Dreamtime Essendon v Richmond games. Not only does Jodi play netball, she is also a very accomplished athlete in running 100 to 800 metres events, including Long Jump, competing in the World Masters in Athletics which is held every 4 years, wining Gold, Silver and Bronze at different events at this level.
The example Jodi shows to our younger players (both netballers and footballers alike) is that you can continue with your sport and be involved with our Club for many years.
Jodi’s family is an integral part of our Club as her daughter, Chenile, plays in our A Grade team and her son, Jake, has played Seniors and Reserves for Healesville.
Jodi and her husband, Thomas, are one of our Life Members, and Thomas has played over 300 games for the Club, has been a coach and is currently our Football Manager.
Our Club is extremely fortunate to have such a family playing the sport that they love and helping with the administration.
We congratulate Jodi and we thank you for your commitment and example and hope you have an enjoyable season – we are very proud of your achievements.