The Bentleigh Football Netball Club regrets to announce that Senior Women's Football Coach, Ozcan "Ozzie" Ozaydin, is stepping down from the role. Ozzie has coached our women's team since 2019, including featuring in that year's finals series. Ozzie is a much loved member of the Bentleigh FNC community, and we look forward to seeing him around the club. We thank Ozzie for his contribution to the club, and wish him the best for the future!
Below are statements from Ozzie, and Shannon Matfin and Tara Supple, Senior Women's Co-Captains.
After careful consideration I hereby inform you that I will be stepping down as the womens coach of Bentleigh FNC.
My decision was a difficult one to make especially in consideration of the fact that I feel my time was cut short and I don’t feel my work was complete but due to personal, family and business reasons it is a decision that needed to be made.
When I was approached if I would consider coaching a womens team in 2018 it was something I never contemplated or envisaged however in reflection I am very grateful and proud of my association with the women team at Bentleigh. I have been converted from a sceptic to an ambassador for girls and womens football and womens sport in general. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a coach of our team and know I will look back at my time with you all with fondness.
First of all, I want to thank the club for the opportunity and the trust they showed me in appointing me as the coach for the team.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank the players who have been a part of the team and my life over the last 3 years. When I reflect to the early days of my time and consider the influence, I personally feel my coaching has had on the team relating to football it makes me proud to see the improvements of o many players and the standard the team is capable of playing now. I look back at the sensational 2019 season where we skyrocketed up the ladder and put ourselves into a position where we were true contenders and if the stars had have aligned, we could easily have sealed the year with glory.
Unfortunately, the world has changed since then and life as we knew it was forever changed by Covid. After a solid preseason that set us up for what could have been a season to reflect on Covid entered our world. Our momentum was sadly interrupted when I felt we were ready to fire.
This year was a very difficult one in general and our lives with Covid abruptly ended our season once again. In one word it was a very frustrating season in general.
Due to injuries, players being unavailable and to a certain degree commitment and dedication or lack of from some which is difficult in the times we are forced to live in, we were not able to know where we truly sat but in certain games, we showed we were still able to compete with the benchmark teams. With our best possible side which we were not able to fie, I truly believe on our day we can compete with the best.
I have a firm belief that the group that has the ability and potential to be contenders but ability and potential mean nothing to be the best. It takes dedication and work ethic for one personally to get the best out of themselves and this overall individual dedication and work ethic is what is necessary for a team to be the best it can be. The final ingredient for team success is hunger and it is ok for players to play football for social reasons and for fun but moving forward my wish for the team is to be the best it can be especially when there is a window of opportunity for success. I believe in the group and hope that the group can buy into the effort and dedication it needs to be the best it can be and support the new coach whoever that may be.
Finally, I would like to thank Jayde for her tireless work and dedication towards the womens program, it has been a pleasure getting to know you. I also want to thank Jason for his friendship and support in my time as head coach. I also would like to thank Deano as well as the many other people for their contribution towards the team.
I will treasure the memories on and off the field and look back at some of our highlights where we played the most attractive brand of footy in the womens SFNL. I hope that I was a good mentor not only from a football perspective but also in life in general and as a citizen in the community. I know I tried my best and I am aware that some of my methods may have edged on chaos and even insanity, but I will say there is a fine line between genius and insanity.
I will continue to support team and swing by when I can to watch the team continue and grow and the team and all of you will always hold a special part in my heart. I look forward to seeing you around the traps.
Luv Ya's All!
Go Dee’s" - Ozcan "Ozzie" Ozaydin “Thank you Ozzie!!
I think I can confidently speak on behalf of all the BFNC womens team when I say how truly greatful we are for all you have done for our team and the club over the past few seasons.
Your commitment and dedication to our team has been incredible!
We will miss your fun (though somewhat chaotic training sessions 🤣), the team jokes, game day highs and who can forget your match day reports with full statistics and player profiles.
You always had our best intentions in mind and saw a greatness in us that we sometimes struggled to see for ourselves.
Sadly we weren't able to get the premiership for you, however know that the skills and game plans you have taught us over the years have definitely set us on a path for great success.
We are all terribly sad to know you wont be coaching us in the coming season, but look forward to seeing you down as our biggest supporter”
- Shannon Matfin, Senior Women’s Football Co-Captain
“The contribution that Ozzie has made to the Bentleigh FNC women’s football team over the last 3 years has been immeasurable.
Oz really put his heart and soul into our team and the growth we have had both on and off the field is a testament to him.
We are so so grateful for the time Oz dedicated to us over the last 3 years, from training to game day and the countless hours spent writing up match reports until the early hours of the morning.
Ozzie’s predecessor really does have some big shoes to fill, but they will be welcomed with open arms.
Ozzie will definitely be remembered by each one of us as not only a great coach but a great friend and great person.”
- Tara Supple, Senior Women’s Football Co-Captain