This Sunday 29 April is a historical day for the Houghton Districts Football Club.
HDFCs first ever Under 8s Junior team will take to the hallowed turf at Houghton Memorial Oval for their first game of the 2018 season.
The concept to introduce Juniors into the fold was the brainchild of former Senior player, KB Lovell. With twins in the Under 8s category, KB was already part the way there! But it didn't take long for the Raider juggernaut to snag more participants.
KB has been hard at it for the better part of six months, whipping the Junior Raiders Machine into action. His boundless enthusiasm and passion is something to behold, and characteristic of the Raider spirit.
But KB hasn't done it alone. Jane Schulz has been a magnificent addition to the Club's Committee and graciously offered her services to assist KB with the Junior Operations. Jane's unwavering commitment to fundraise and organise is inspirational, and our Club is fortunate to have her part of our Operations team.
So, rather than sleep in this Sunday morning, head up the hill to witness Raider history.
Game kicks off at 9am. Canteen will be open. And the sun will be out!
See you there!
As the Raiders Reserves juggernaut continued to roll through the competition, the A Grade endured their third close finish in as many games.
The Reserves, led by the Henderson duo, are showing the depth of the Raiders squad, with their third convincing win for the season. Central United were no match for the formidable combination of youth and experience. Final Score: 14.15 99 to 6.5 41. Best players included J. Crescitelli, T. Schutz, J. Schulz, B. Johnson, S. Fitzgerald.
Three games and three close finishes for the A Grade! Despite the A Grade going down by less than a goal for the second time in two weeks, all signs are pointing to the best is yet to come for the Raiders. Final Score: 10.14 74 to 11.11 77. Best players included J. Davis, S. Prochazka, R. Austin, C. Schutz, B. Wanganeen.
Round 2 saw new League comers, O'Sullivan Beach - Lonsdale, venture across Adelaide to battle it out in wet conditions at Houghton Memorial Oval.
An enthused and well-fed crowd braved the season's first chilly conditions to see the HDFC Reserves notch up a convincing win. Final Score: 13.14 92 to 0.6 6.S. Best players included S. Fitzgerald, D. Keetch, L. Rayson, T. Almond and C. Thornton.
The A Grade put it to the flag favourites, and for the second week in a row, it came down to the wire. A kick after the siren didn't quite make the distance and the Raiders went down by 2 points. Final score: 10.1 61 to 9.9 63. Best players J. Davis, L. Anderson, B. Kratochwil, J. Currie, J. Mcmurtrie.
Well done to the Raiders squad for putting on a great show for our first home game of season 2018!
Calling all Houghton Raiders Past Players! We have a great 2018 Membership deal for you during this weekend's Round 2 clash against O'Sullivans Beach/Lonsdale FC!
Purchase a Past Players Membership this Saturday and it will include a free item from our BBQ (includes the legendary Raider Roll) or a free Lovell's country baked pie, pasty or sausage roll from our canteen. Past Players Membership will also include a free beer or softy from our well stocked Jesse Schulz Bar.
Past Players Membership includes ongoing discounts from our entire Bar range. You can purchase your Past Players 2018 Membership from our Bar this Saturday for $30.00.
This week's featured Sponsor is BK’s Outdoor Services!
BK’s Outdoor Services is owned & operated by Brett Kroepsch. Brett has been a great player and contributor to our club over many years. BK’s Outdoor Services provides expert solutions for Retaining Walls, Fencing, Excavation Work & Soil Removal.
Contact Brett from BK’s Outdoor Services on 0421 576 533.
Thanks BK’s Outdoor Services for your tremendous support of the Houghton Raiders!
Season 2018 brings a fresh start for the Houghton Raiders. At the heart of our club is an inspiring group of young men who call Houghton home. They're there in the good times and they stick around in the not so good times. The comradery and mateship amongst the players, volunteers, members and regular spectators, no matter the circumstances, is what sets us apart from the rest. We are not just a community; we are a family.
On the eve of our first home game for the season, we would like to officially announce our proud partnership with beyondblue!
For every Social Membership purchased for this season, the Raiders will donate $5 towards the ongoing support and education of depression and mental illness.
Membership application forms are now available from the club!
If you would like to donate to this incredible organisation beyond purchasing your HDFC membership, click on the following link to help the Raiders reach our target of $500. Every dollar counts to help end the stigma.
Round 1 of Season 2018 saw the Raiders venture to St. Paul's College in 34 degree weather - unseasonably warm for footy!
Reserves Coach, Ian Henderson, steered the Reserves to a magnificent win - congratulations lads! Final Score: 4.3 27 to 17.8 110. Best players included Co-Captain, Shaun Grimley, Houghton stalwart, Jesse Schultz, and new recruits, Craig Delany, James Fidock and Joshua Crescitelli.
The A Grade game had us on the edge of our seats, and it came down to a kick after the siren from new recruit, Ben Clark. From beyond 50 metres out, at a 45 degree angle, Ben lined up and slotted it through the big sticks! Final Score: 9.8 62 to 9.9 63. Best players included the man of the hour, Ben Clark, new recruit, Steven Forbes, Captain, Nathan Hall, Jai Mcmurtrie, and Justin Kuhar.
On the eve of our first games for Season 2018, we're proud to announce the Reserves and A Grade Leadership Groups for this year!
- Reserves -
Co-Captains: Rhett Glanville & Shaun Grimley
Vice Captains: Josh Dwyer & Scott Fitzgerald
- A Grade -
Captain: Nathan Hall
Vice Captains: Jaizy Mcmurtrie, Josh Davis & Matt Sharpe
Deputy Vice Captains: Bayden Kratochwil & Hayden Morris
Congratulations gents! We know you'll represent our Club in true Raider fashion, with the utmost integrity, pride and commitment.
Welcome everyone to the 2018 Football Season!
Under the guidance of our Coaches and Committee, we've welcomed many fantastic new people to our club and we all can't wait to get started.
Our opening game is this Saturday against St Pauls Old Scholars at St Pauls School, Gilles Plains. Our first home game is on Saturday April 14 against O’Sullivan Beach Lonsdale.
Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we showcase our Coaches, Players, Past Players special offers, Officials and Sponsors.
Big thanks to our Major Sponsor, Australian Outdoor Living. Australian Outdoor Living is a great South Australian Company so see them first for fantastic Houghton Raiders deals on Pergolas, Verandas, Carports, Timber decking, Pools, Outdoor Blinds, Artificial grass & Roller Shutters. You can contact Australian Outdoor Living for a free measure & quote on 1300 884 690.
Go the Raiders!