From Coach of the Year to Life Member: Vic Poimer’s Football Journey

From Coach of the Year to Life Member: Vic Poimer’s Football Journey

Vic started his volunteering career with the Mount Colah Soccer Club. He coached at the club and was awarded the Coach of the Year in 1984 (the Wally Geoghegan Memorial Trophy).

In 1984, Vic became the manager of the Under 11’s Skills Squad. Vic’s son Derek was part of the squad. A group of boys from the squad were entered into the A.S. Tanner Memorial Trophy tournament. This was a prestigious tournament held and conducted by the St George Association. The team won the tournament 2-1. Vic was the Manager of this team, and this was the start of his long association with Ku-ring-gai Representative football. In 1986, Vic was the Manager of the Under 13 Representative side and in 1987 he managed the Under 14 Representative side.

Vic was appointed the Representative Convenor of the Association in August 1985, completing his first season in the role in 1986. Vic held this role continuously until 1990 when he retired from the position. He then returned to the position in 1992 and continued in this role until 1995 inclusive.

In 1996, Vic was elected the All Age Registrar/Recorder of the Association. Vic held this role continuously for 11 years, his final year being the 2006 season. In 1996, there were 1,753 registered All Age players with 105 teams. In 2006 the number of registered players had increased to 3,439 with 198 teams. This would have resulted in a huge increase in workload over the years during the registration period and also the weekly checking of match cards and results.

Vic Poimer was inducted as a Life Member of the Ku-ring-gai and District Soccer Association (now known as the Northern Suburbs Football Association or NSFA) in 1994. The Minutes of the 38th Annual General Meeting state that “all speakers referred to the dedication of Vic and his involvement with both the representative scene and the Mt Colah Club. Vic is a doer, not a talker”. In Vic’s response to his Life Membership nomination, he stated “that his long-term involvement with soccer stemmed from the satisfaction he received from the game”. Thank you Vic for you time and efforts with football over the years.

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