1st in Div 1 League.
Coach: Jason Williams
Assistant Coaches: Brandon Ward and Aaron Morris
Manager: Paul Candrick
Trainers: Clay Melbourn, Dan Maxwell and Mick Clues
Best Back: Savelio Tamale
Best Forward: Brandon Smith
Best and Fairest: Daniel Ward
Best Defensive Player: Hayden Williams
Coaches Award: Jake Candrick
2017 Season Report
Well it’s been a few years in the making but you boys finally made it happen. Firstly the Minor premiership and then a month later a Grand Final victory and can I say it was thoroughly deserved. You were the best TEAM in the comp this year and the reason I have highlighted this is because for the majority of the year you played as a team not as individuals and it was very pleasing to watch.
This year for the majority of the time things went fairly smoothly but we had to overcome injuries which we have not really had to deal with too much before and many clashes with St Augustine’s rugby. There were times when we had 5 or 6 players out with rugby and 1 or 2 injuries which meant we had to call upon quite a few of our boys from the Whites to have enough players to field a team . I think at a rough guess about 10 of our Whites played in our Maroons this year and it is one of the main reasons that we won the Minor premiership as we only lost 2 games this year and we only lost those games by 2 points. Not only did our whites help out but on numerous occasions their performances were that good that it made it extremely hard to pick a starting team the following week. So thank you to everyone who played this year.
Without going too much into individual players I would like to acknowledge the new players to our team this year. Rory Morgan, Savelio Tamale and Johnathon Gaitau. You boys fitted in straight away and I think you completed our side. It was a pleasure to have you in our side and I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.
This year my job was made so much easier thanks to the help and knowledge that Brandon Ward and Aaron Morris bought to training and games. It was great to have you guys bring in different drills at training and thoughts on game tactics and positional changes. I really appreciated it and I’m sure the boys did as well.
Thanks also has to go to our manager Paul Candrick. It was great having you on board this year and everything you did was greatly appreciated even though you are a South’s supporter.
Greg Keogh is in need of special thanks from me this year. As we know Greg coached our whites this year and at times I know he wanted to strangle me. There were times this year I would have to grab many of his players so that we could field a team and although it made it hard for his side, Greg being the great club man that he is, he didn’t complain too much. Greg also did most of the paperwork that I didn’t and he also kept on reminding me of things that I had to do but hadn’t. You are a great friend to both me and our club so I thank you.
This Year’s Grand Final winners.
Thanks for the great year,
|Ben DI STASO|
Adopt a Manly Sea Eagle: Brayden Wiliame
Brayden was born on 17th December 1992 and his junior club was Woy Woy Roosters.