Melbourne Victory wishes to thank goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas for his service and dedication to the club over the past nine seasons, following notification that he intends to continue his playing career overseas.
Thomas has flagged his desire to ply his trade overseas in previous years and the 28-year-old has now agreed to terms with a European club and will depart Australia in the coming days.
The term victory (from Latin victoria) originally applied to warfare, and denotes success achieved in personal combat, after military operations in general or, by extension, in any competition. Success in a military campaign is considered a strategic victory, while the success in a military engagement is a tactical victory.
In terms of human emotion, victory accompanies strong feelings of elation, and in human behaviour often exhibits movements and poses paralleling threat display preceding the combat, which are associated with the excess endorphin built up preceding and during combat.
Victory dances and victory cries similarly parallel war dances and war cries performed before the outbreak of physical violence.
Examples of victory behaviour reported in Roman antiquity, where the term victoria originated, include: the victory songs of the Batavi mercenaries serving under Gaius Julius Civilis after the victory over Quintus Petillius Cerialis in the Batavian rebellion of 69 AD (according to Tacitus); and also the “abominable song” to Wodan, sung by the Lombards at their victory celebration in 579. The sacrificial animal was a goat, around whose head the Langobards danced in a circle while singing their victory hymn.
The Roman Republic and Empire celebrated victories with triumph ceremonies and with monuments such as victory columns (e.g. Trajan’s Column) and arches. A trophy is a token of victory taken from the defeated party, such as the enemy’s weapons (spolia), or body parts (as in the case of head hunters).
Mythology often deifies victory, as in the cases of the Greek Nike or the Roman Victoria. The victorious agent is a hero, often portrayed as engaging in hand-to-hand combat with a monster (as Saint George slaying the dragon, Indra slaying Ahi, Thor slaying the Midgard Serpent etc.). Sol Invictus (“the Invincible Sun”) of Roman mythology became an epithet of Christ in Christianity. Paul of Tarsus presents the resurrection of Christ as a victory over Death and Sin (1 Corinthians 15:55).
The Latinate English-language word victory (from the 14th century) replaced the Old English equivalent term sige (cognate with Gothic sigis, Old High German sigu and Sieg in modern German), a frequent element in Germanic names (as in Sigibert, Sigurd etc.), cognate to Celtic sego- and Sanskrit sahas.
Victory farewells Lawrence Thomas
Farewells (also titled Lydia Ate the Apple and Partings in the United States) is the English title for Pożegnania, a film released in 1958, directed by Wojciech Has.
The film is an adaptation of a highly lyrical and reflective novel by Stanisław Dygat, with a screenplay written by Dygat and Has. Taking place in Poland during the late 1930s and early 1940s, this melancholy film evokes the insecurity and despair pervading Poland at the time. The story begins immediately before World War II and centers on Pawel (Tadeusz Janczar), a member of a conservative, bourgeois family, and his love for the thoroughly jaded Lidka (Maria Wachowiak), a dancer. The mismatched pair finds momentary happiness during a trip to the countryside, however social conventions and the lovers’ inability to defy them force Pawel and Lidka to part. The times change, war breaks out and ends; Pawel suffers at Auschwitz concentration camp and Lidka marries his cousin. Years later the two rediscover each other much changed, and find that they may still have the capacity for love.
Thomas said Melbourne Victory will always hold a special place in his heart.
“I want to thank the Chairman and the Board for their support over my time at the club, the environment you have established at Melbourne Victory is the best in the competition,” Thomas said.
Victory farewells Lawrence Thomas
“Thank you to the administration staff, volunteers and those who work hard behind the scenes. You’re all great people, I really enjoyed sharing the club with you and wish you all well for the future.
“To all the coaches and goalkeeping coaches I’ve had over the journey, thank you for all that you have done for me. You’ve not only developed and improved me as a player but you’ve also helped me become a better person as well.
“Thank you to every single player that I’ve played with. It’s been an absolute pleasure playing with you all and I’ve created many great friendships along the journey.
“To all the members and fans, your support has been incredible during my time at the club. I get goosebumps every time I walk out onto AAMI Park, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
“For me the move to Europe presents a great opportunity for my career, I’m excited but there’s also a touch of sadness. I’ve been at the club for nine years and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
“Keep supporting each other, back the boys in and continue to stand alongside the club.”
General Manager Football Operations, Paul Trimboli, wished Thomas all the best for his move to Europe.
“On behalf of everyone at Melbourne Victory we would like to thank Lawrence for his service and professionalism during his nine seasons at the club,” Trimboli said.
“When Lawrence arrived at the club he had to do the hard yards, but he persisted and worked tirelessly. He grabbed his opportunity with both hands at the back end of the 2014/15 season and never looked back.
“Lawrence has been a wonderful person for our club both on and off the field and we wish him all the best for his move to Europe. He will always be welcome at Victory.”
Lawrence Thomas bio:
- 122 A-League games
- 2014/15 Premiership and Championship winner
- 2015 FFA Cup winner
- 2017/18 Championship winner
- 2017/18 Joe Marston Medallist