Former North Melbourne two-time AFL Premiership player and “Shinboner of the Century” Glenn Archer kicked off the night detailing his rise up the AFL ranks from Noble Park to a Norm Smith Medallist.  Archer had the crowd in hysterics during his impersonations of former Kangaroo great Mick Martin. Archer concluded by saying how privileged the players should feel about the opportunities they have, compared to communities around the world who do not have basics such as running water.  He urged the players to make the most of the 2009 Season and to achieve excellence.

Kilsyth MP David Hodgett presented the 2009 SEABL Lady Cobras with their singlets as Coach Jason Knight spoke about the upcoming season

“We are looking forward to defending our 2008 SEABL Championship and pleased to have a full roster preparing for the 2009 Season. All the players have been working hard during the off season to be prepared for the task ahead,” he said.

Minister for Sport James Merlino presented the singlets to the 2009 SEABL Cobras men while Coach Grant Wallace told the crowd of the hunger for success within this group.

“We are looking forward to the 2009 Season; we have returned two former successful Kilsyth players in Mick Wheeler and Chris Cameron and added exciting import Quincy Henderson to the group. We have a continued focus to engage with the community and past Kilsyth people and we will represent them with pride in 2009,” said Wallace.

Kilsyth announced their dual No.1 Ticket holders when James Merlino and David Hodgett were presented with their No.1 Kilsyth ‘Swinburne’ Cobra’s jersey, while Swinburne University Lilydale was presented with a replicate 09 jersey in recognition of their sponsorship.  Both Merlino and Hodgett spoke proudly of their involvement with the Club.

Kilsyth kick off their 2009 campaign on Saturday 14 March in Bendigo, the location of the Lady Cobras historic preliminary final victory in 2008.

Season Memberships and Player Sponsorships are now available so ‘Back the Black’ in 2009