Manager: Sandy Blank
2017 Season Report
The Whites fought gallantly throughout the year and lost the big one in the closing minutes of the grand final against Beacon Hill. This team for me (though I may be biased) was by far the most improved team in the club, they showed true grit throughout the year beating many sides far bigger than them and they would never give up. The highlight of the year was the grand final and probably also the lowest point of the year. The boys were the best side throughout the competition by far and they just couldn’t get there in the end. They played their hearts out and the disappointment at the end of the game was a true testament of the camaraderie between the boys and the effort they had put in through the year.
More importantly they all improved dramatically throughout the year and hopefully they will all come back in 2018.
The 2017 whites are as follows:
Gus ANDERSON – A new addition to the club. Gus slipped into one of the teams play makers. A dangerous runner of the ball, Gus has great game sense and he truly wants to improve, however he can be a bit hard on himself at times. Gus had a great year.
Charlie BAKER – Another new one, Charlie took a little while to find his way with the team and missed a few weeks with the dreaded man flu. But at the back end of the year Charlie was devastating in attack and very strong in the middle and he was one whom the boys looked too for leadership. Well done.
Max CLARKE MOAR – Max was a late starter to the team, but when we got him he made a major impact. Devastating in attack and his defence was fantastic. Max’s determination is evident in his games and at training. A real asset for us this year, hopefully we will see him in 2018 and beyond. A true quiet achiever.
George HAYWOOD – George was back again, a little slow at the start of the year with a heavy workload from Rugby Union and a bad case of severs. However he came good at the end of the year, where last year his attack was his strength, this year George really muscled up in defence and he was fantastic. Well done young man.
Miller MANSON – Miller was another to return to us this year, Miller plays a lot of water polo and this is evident as he has the ability to hold the ball in one hand and look for and offload in contact. Miller had a great year and training is never dull when he is there.
Caelan PITKEATHLY – Caelan’s last few games of the season were the best he has ever played, Caelan really put his body on the line against bigger boys and this showed true courage. Caelan is one of the hardest trainers, he listens and tries to put new skills into practice, he is ever reliable and a joy to coach.
Daniel POVAH – After a move to the middle during the year Daniel was a sensation. Daniel worked hard in both attack and defence and relished his new role in the team as the enforcer. Once Daniel realizes his strength he will be very hard to stop, well done young man.
Nick REEVE – Smiley came late in the season and I have never seen a young man smile so much and be so happy just to play with his mates. Nick made great strides forward through the year and I am sure he will be bigger and better next year. A wonderful young man whom scored his first try late in the season and he celebrated it like it was a grand final winner.
Will RYLANDS – Will had a big year playing 2 games most weeks and he worked tirelessly in each game. Will is a serious young man that loves his footy, he is big strong and fast, these assets are the envy of many and he knows how to use them well.
Carter SENGCHANH – Another quiet achiever, Carter doesn’t say much but he trains hard and plays hard. He is fearless in attack and defence, he charges forward with the ball in his hands and has an elusive right foot step. Carter was one of the team’s true leaders, well done young man.
Koby SMITH – Another returning player, Koby took the role of team captain late in the year and he led the boys around the park very well. This year Koby took on a lot of extra responsibility as one of the teams leaders and play makers and he loved it. Koby may be small in stature but big in heart. Well done young man.
Ollie WILLIAMSON – Another new one to the team, Ollie or the wordsmith as he has come to be known was a pleasure to coach, always one with a question and another question and another question at training or half time or at the end of the game is a wonderful young man. Throughout the year Ollie’s confidence grew in his ability to tackle bigger opponents and break the opposition line in attack and he was a handful for all opposition teams.
On a personal note I had a great time this year though at times it may not have seemed so. Each and every one of the boys are great young men that you as a parent should be extremely proud of and as a parent you should be even more proud of the way you have raised them into fine young men.
Thank you mum’s & dads for entrusting your sons with me it has been an honor and privilege to be associated with them.
Thank you to everyone that helped out during the year whether sitting on the bench, sending emails, washing uniforms, in the canteen or BBQ or at training as without you these boys would not have improved as they have.
A special thanks to Sandy BLANK, for all your patience with me and my inability to navigate emails at times.
To the boys thank you again, well done you bunch of champions and see you all next year.
Adopt a Sea Eagle – Jackson Hastings
A very talented half-back who can also play five-eighth, full-back and hooker, Jackson is a player who will be out for a big season in 2018. A former Sydney Roosters player, Jackson is a clever organising half with a solid kicking game. He is also an accomplished goal-kicker. Off the field, Jackson does plenty of work in the community and enjoys helping those less fortunate.