TRAFALGAR Victory FC is a club that takes its name as a challenge.
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Moving most of its players from the Central division to the South division of the Gippsland Soccer League two seasons ago has seen the club at or near the top in most grades, but the team remains eager for a fight and would like to return to the more competitive Central Division as early as next year.
Victory’s Reserves won their second consecutive premiership last Sunday after finishing top of the table, beating Korumburra 2-0 in the grand final.
The Senior Men team finished third and the Women fourth; both got as far as semi-finals.
The Junior grades of Under 16 and Under 12 still play in Central division. The Under 12s were Victory’s only team not to make the finals.
Club president Dylan Wyatt said the team’s success came from cohesiveness, on the field and socially.
“We have strong coaches and dedicated volunteers, and now with new clubrooms we’re building a stronger social base” Wyatt said.
Victory has played on its new fields for three years after getting by on one field at Trafalgar High School with no lights or buildings.
The club has also built new clubrooms and a canteen thanks to significant contributions from the Baw Baw Shire Council and support from sponsors and local businesses.
“Amateur sport is not only competitive, it provides a social outlet,” Wyatt said.
“Having a building or hub is important for allowing people to connect.
“It will be key in driving more success for the club.”
The TVFC committee has started developing a five year strategic plan, which will include new change rooms, showers and car parking.
The club would like to use the clubrooms to generate income and hold more social functions to attract new members.
On field, Victory is keen to move back into the GSL Central division next year and be competitive at that level. The club management also believes it is important to nurture the club’s future talent by doing more to develop the young players.
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