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It has been a long and bumpy road for the Aquinas Old Collegians over the last two decades. Multiple relegations, a grand final defeat, back-to-back preliminary final defeats, coaching changeovers, player exoduses and a 21-year drought since our last taste of senior premiership silverware has lurked over this Ringwood based football club.

Relegation after a dim and disappointing 2016 season saw the Bloods drop down to Division 4 and for what would have been for most teams the demise and expiration of the club’s future.

However, this proud club remained strong through our past diversities and grew an unbreakable bond as a club and as a family – excited for a rebirth and motivated for the challenge.

It has been a testing yet rewarding year for the Bloods, that has seen the collaboration of our regular faithful combatants, mixed with new and exciting additions, accompanied with former club legends and the emergence of young talent that has seen these pieces join together and combine to form one Aquinas force, united by a shared goal.

The club took the relegation from Division 3 to heart and set out with two goals from the beginning of our restructure – make the grand final and be rewarded with promotion…and ultimately, become premiers.

With the Seniors securing promotion with an emphatic victory over North Brunswick last Saturday along with the Reserves defeating Eley Park in a nail biter, both Aquinas teams have earned themselves a spot in the 2017 Division 4 Grand Final, which leaves only one goal remaining – to win.

The support and backing from our loyal fans, families, friends, past players and everyone involved in this mighty proud club has been the foundation for our 2017 success.

So, we urge everyone to come down and unite the Bloods Army one more time and help get both teams over the line and return the Aquinas Old Collegians Football Club to their rightful claim as PREMIERS.