The player of the year: Henry Curll
Most improved: Jarrah Agnew
Best week in and week out: Sam Harrington
Top try scorer: Jovi Laaman
Best Team Player: Sam Chubb
2017 Season Report
2017 was certainly a very challenging year for the Dream Team after the success of our previous years.
We were moved up a division which brought some great quality bigger players and well drilled teams which we had some difficulty matching.
Notwithstanding, our boys never gave up and turned up week after week putting their best boot forward.
We also suffered as a result of having only a few home games meant the boys felt a lack of support from home crowd and the subsequent loss of key players as a result of difficulty travelling to the fields. At the start of the year we had 18 boys registered to a team but over the course of the season, had difficulty even finding adequate numbers to start with of borrowing other team’s players for several games in order to take the field.
Having said that, the players that were consistent week after week and did not give up were noted and developed an improved quality of play as a result of the competition and developed confidence in their teammates and own skill set. This was reflected in our second game against Lane Cove (Elimination Final) where we had a very credible result despite some difficulty in making numbers and having no reserves to take the field.
During this final we were 2 players short in the first half with a score 4-0 as a result of a our very strong defence. We then played 1 short for the second half but were able to hold a our defence despite fatigue and injury losing by under 10 points against a team that beat us by 40 points the week before.
All the boys played as a team and did not give up at any point during this game. They showed great sportsmanship and walked off the field with their heads held high despite some challenging decisions and commentary from the crowd during the game.
All in all, despite not having a great season on the scoreboard, we know this season has developed the character of our Under 12 Rugby league players and taught them some great lessons in consistency, resilience and the importance of the hard work needed to get results. We hope they take these lessons with them in the future training at rugby league, study and life.
We are proud of all the boys and appreciate the effort and commitment shown by their families who assisted in transporting them to and from training and to mostly away games throughout the season.
Coaches: Mark O’Brien and Danny Angelo
Adopt a Manly Sea Eagle: Dylan Walker
Dylan was born on 27th September 1994. His junior club was Mascot Jets and he plays for Manly, City, NSW and Australia.