When senior coach Glen Roland subbed himself into the action in both the seniors and reserves Southern Championships matches at New Town last weekend, he became the latest player to clock up a century of appearances for the club.
One of the club’s founding fathers in 2013, Glen originally forged a path for himself as a youth coach, while also finding time to continue the playing career he had built over many years at New Norfolk, Metro and Clarence, as one of the most elegant playmakers in the business.
Glen has preached his mantra of patience, teamwork and perseverance to his young charges from the start, and he finally got his reward in 2017 when the group he had coached since junior level rose from the ashes of the U13 and 14 basements to be crowned FFT Under 15 Youth Champions (also finalists at that year's Launceston and Devonport Cups).
This year, he seized the opportunity to take over the reins at senior level, following our elevation to the Veto Men’s Southern Championships.
Whilst arguably Glen’s biggest regret is that Kasper Hallam – the sixteen-year-old prodigy he had nurtured since the age of six – was not able to share this latest exciting part of the journey, having moved onto pastures new with South Hobart, it has equally been his greatest pride to see his former captain crack the NPL team at D’Arcy Street already.
Meanwhile, around a dozen of the players who came through our youth ranks alongside Kasper have begun to make the transition to senior football themselves, right here under Glen’s tutelage at Pembroke Park.
With his trademark overgrown mullet and matching goatee, the larger than life character is one of the more immediately recognisable around the local football scene, where his passion and commitment burn brighter and louder than ever.
One imagines Glen will forego future personal milestones to watch the lion’s share of games from the technical area, as he tries to mastermind our long-term transition to the elite level of the regional game, something he has the utmost confidence we will do.
Congratulations, Glen, and we thank you for all the countless hours of hard work you continue to put in on and off the park, without ever once asking for recognition or anything in return, and for the unwavering faith you continue to show in all those who play at Pembroke Park.