16/5/17: Jacky McCauley has been appointed as the new I.T. Manager of Manly Christian Brothers
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1st in Div 1 League.
Defensive Player Of The Year – Declan King
Forward of the Year – Jack Privatera
Back Of The Year – Blair Healey
Team man of the year – Ryan Stubbs
Moment of the year – Archie Simmons (try against Beacon Hill)
Coach: Matt Dunford
Manager: Gabbi Stubbs
This season was by far the most difficult season from a coaching point of view due to a number of reasons. The boys are at a stage where there is such a range in the physical & emotional development of teenage boys. We had a high number of boys that play school rugby on a Saturday, which affected our preparation. Sometimes those boys were unavailable due to a clash in times and if they were available the boys had already played a game of school rugby before backing up and playing league. We also had quite a few injuries this year which tested our depth but it also gave the entire squad an opportunity to step up and spend more time on the field than if we had an injury free season.
I was very proud of our boys and in particular the games when we had no reserves or we had to draw on youngers players from our under 13’s. We ended up finishing minor premiers which was a fantastic effort considering the workload and injuries through out the season. Unfortunately we went out in straight sets losing our first semi to Cromer and then our final against Beacon Hill. This team had won 6 premierships in a row leading into this season, which was an unbelievable achievement, so not winning another one this year was unfamiliar for these boys and I’m sure it will only inspire them next season. Another very pleasing aspect to the year was the new player’s that joined our squad this season in Ryan Nobili, Euan Harris and Josh Coetzee, these boys had not played league before on a weekend. We also had Oscar Cordonny return to league after not playing for the last few years and finally to Nathan Gartner, Connor Aitken and Ben Ronson who joined our club this season.
I’d like to thank our manager Gabbi Stubbs for all her help this year and for being so organised. A big thank you to Trent McCann and Simon Healey who assisted me this year, they did a great job and it was really good having another opinion and voice.
To all the great volunteers in our club in particular Foxy, Flo, Jacky McCauley, Stefan Ell, Suzie Ell, Greg Keogh and Kati Cummings who have worked really hard in making sure our kids are taken care of in a safe and enjoyable manner.
And of course a big thank you to the parents who get the boys to training and games, which is often hard work with a busy schedule.
In summary I have again thoroughly enjoyed coaching this team and seeing them develop their game. Our goal at the start of the year was to play a versatile style of footy with players playing in a number of different positions, I thought we achieved that and it only helps in their development and understanding of the game. Congratulations to all the boys for being a group of boys that get on great, respect each other and are willing to work hard and listen (at times) to develop as individuals
and as a team.
Thanks to the Under 13 boys who helped us out at times throughout the season, I would like to make a special mention to Jonah Waldash who filled in for our team on a number of occasions and did a great job playing against some really big boys, I know our guys really respected what Jonah did for us.
|Alexander McClean||Front Row|
|Benjamin Ronson||Wing &Centre|
|Benjamin Gallacher||Centre & Captain|
|Blair Healey||Fullback & Half|
|Connor Aitken||2nd Row & Front Row|
|Davin Kelly||Lock & 2nd Row|
|Declan King||Lock & 2nd Row|
|Euan Harris||2nd Row, Lock & Wing|
|Logan Preece||Wing & 2nd Row|
|Nathan Gartner||Hooker & Half|
|Oscar Cordony||2nd Row|
|Rory Williams||Front Row|
|Ryan Nobili||Wing & Lock|
|Ryan Stubbs||Wing, Fullback, Centre & Half|
|Toby Newy||2nd Row, Centre, Lock & Fullback|
|Zane Dunford||2nd Row, Fullback & Centre|
Adopt a Manly Sea Eagle: Tom Trbojevic
Born on 2nd October 1996, Tom started his career playing on the Northern Beaches in our league. He sometimes drops by at Manly Brothers training to encourage and coach our new players.