Coach: Brendon Glass. 0404 546 229.
Manager: Courtney Peta Shapter
2017 Season Report
Riddle me this. Is there a better age group to coach than the under 6’s? This year we had a good mix of youth and experience in the squad from young Nephi (3) to some of the older hard heads in Marley, Mitchell, Johnny, Owen and Ned that thrived from last season. The rate of development in this age group is a joy to watch. When the penny drops at this age, their rate of improvement and level of enjoyment just grows exponentially each week.
Hats off to the NRL for the rule changes that facilitated a lot more time in play. Whilst our objective was to develop core skills such as running, evasion, defence, passing and spatial awareness, player safety and enjoyment were a key focus. The number one priority was for each child to enjoy the experience in a safe environment and be hungry to come back each week and beyond this season. The improved rules provided a platform to share the involvement in attack and defence to the best of our ability.
Whilst the young fellas could be a handful at training they were great listeners. The development of the fend (Marley and Brooklyn were our finest exponents), defending in numbers and wrapping up the ball are just a few examples of their thirst for knowledge.
The boys got a big thrill from playing at half time on the big stage on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Brookvale for the Manly and Tigers clash. The boys had a large throng of supporters from our team on the hill. They did themselves proud with some of our older boys showing great courage when they were pitted against the 8s from Beacon Hill.
Congratulations to Callan West who represented the club in the team relay at half time of the Canberra game as the fastest player in our team.
Whilst we don’t score at this age group, the boys generally had a dominant season with the boys crossing for a stack of length of the field tries and some good off loads for try assists to our keen support runners. The toughest opponents we came across were Avalon in the final round, which gave our older boys a taste for the challenge of the 7s next season.
As always the 6s provides many humorous highlights. The pick of these would have to be Darcy “ aka Forrest Gump” circumnavigating Shark Park on his way to the try line.
Coaching the 6s was made easy with the help of many parents willing to help out at training and on game day. Thanks in particular to Nathan Shapter and Matt Hunt for training and game day assistance and Mark West for the many excellent photos you took of the boys all season. Thanks to Courtney Shapter for taking on the thankless task of managing the team and ensuring a seamless integration for many new players and parents . Thanks also to Tammy Brichta for admirably stepping into Courtney’s big shoes when the Shapters sadly moved north mid-season. A big thankyou also to Greg, Stef, Jac and Foxy for all your help in my first season.
Sadly the downside to coaching the 6s is moving on from my youngsters in Zac, Nephi, Darcy, Oscar, Brooklyn, James and Will who will absolutely in 2018 with this season under their belt. I look forward to hopefully continuing with the older boys into the 7s. The 6s and 7s will be looking for new recruits so please spread the word for 2018.
Looking forward to 2018 – Brendo