2018 Manly Junior League Under 11 Maroon
Coach: Craig Riddington
Trainer: Tim Grainger
Manager: Alexandra Tucker
2018 Season Report – Under 11M
Firstly I’d like to thank Alex for assisting with the team management and organising my card and present, the card was very special – thanks to all the boys for their kind words.
Thanks also to George who filled in admirably at a win ratio of 66% when Alex wasn’t available, Tim for helping with the on field training during games (Tim had to gain an award for this position), John Robati for helping out at training, he is a pro and I couldn’t get enough of his assistance, and Matty Dunford for helping over the last couple of games, Matts experience as coach and player is invaluable.
As for the recent games – I could see the boys’ disappointment after close losses in both semi-final games, so clearly the boys wanted more out of their season – as did I. To tell you the truth – I hate losing, and I think the boys feel the same, even in today’s society where everyone’s a winner; you have to nurture kids who are naturally competitive, even though it may come with some tears, tantrums and individual management.
I believe this team has far more potential, their skills as individuals are amazing, and when they clicked as a team – it was impressive to watch.
However we have really had our backs against the wall this year for various reasons. Mainly most of our boys play two football codes, and play for their school. Sometimes this interrupts training and game time. I acknowledge the boys who couldn’t make training as this was part of our desperation to field a team this year, however I felt this was the best option given the boys who have played in this team for many years (Luke, Jonny, Willem, Tyson and Dane) wanted to play top grade football. If we fielded one team – it would have meant we would have had 20 players, all playing half games in the white comp. The good news, all the boys who joined the team this year, were easily able to adapt to the high standard of the maroon competition.
Considering the above setbacks, I thought the boys showed a lot of courage and played some great footy, which I was extremely proud of. Whilst points 1- 4 couldn’t be helped, it was point 5 where the boys let themselves down, as I learnt from my sport – you play/race how you train, and the boys unfortunately played to that limitation with little to fall back on in the semis. If in future they remember the pain of missing out on a ticket to the big dance, hopefully they will take this memory into next year and work hard as a TEAM to get the results they truly wish for.
Personally I think all the boys are fantastic, a lot of fun and have big personalities, which I love. They are a handful, but I think I was working them all out by the end of the season. I have also enjoyed the parents and families who have helped make the team and the environment so special. With big personalities comes the need for good management of those personalities and I felt quite out of my depth for most of the year, so I hope the experience was positive for everyone as tough as it was.
I have learnt a lot this year and still have much to learn. My goal has been to help the kids to be better footballers, but also help them develop into fine young men. Yes it’s great to win footy games and medals, but at the end of the day I hope the boys can look back to this experience and remember it as an important stepping stone in their lives ahead.
I love coaching & I’d love to coach the boys again next year, provided they all want to play again with a commitment to being the best they can be.
Yours in Footy
U11 Maroons Round 2 2018 Report
Manly Brothers 56 V Mona Vale Raiders 6
3rd in League
Awesome effort in our first game together, most importantly the boys had fun together and played for each other. We kept our game plan simple which the boys followed really well, lead by the big forwards running straight and hard, quick play the balls and nice backline passes.
The big plus for me was seeing Angus score because he backed up through the middle. I also liked the fact that everyone came in for their share of the ball.
Can’t wait for next game,
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