2017 Season Report
Our Under 8’s team was reunited in season 2017 allowing us to continue building on the skills and values developed in the previous season. We started the season with the same enthusiasm we left 2016 with, enjoying many strong performances from some tough opposition.
Season 2017 for the 8’s was a “non-competitive” year for us again, the standard of footy played was a step up from last year with many of the boys demonstrating an improved understanding of the game. From a coach’s perspective, to see the boys develop and start finding their niche on the field was very pleasing.
Sam Clarke-Moar – “Super Sam” forget Superman, we had Super Sam. Sam continued to lead from the front, game after game Sam was a brick wall in defence, strong ball runner who took to organising the team like a duck to water.
Milo Dacic – “the Magician”, mystified opponents with his footwork in attack and showed exceptional line speed to move up and shut down opposition ball runners in the blink of an eye.
Benji Kagho – “The Silent Assassin” , moved about the field destroying opposition ball runners with technical precision. Benji ran straight and hard with the ball and usually left a trail of opponents in his wake.
Oscar Nixon – “The Axe” if an opposition player ever doubted how tough footy was he was certainly reminded of it when he strayed into the path of the Axe. In attack, the Axe once he got a roll on was very hard to stop.
Cayden Ward – “The Mack Truck” one of our big improvers of the year. Cayden took off the pads during the season and became a solid defender who often found his way to the try line when we needed it the most.
George Mitchell – “The Wrecking Ball” Big, strong and deceptively quick. George displayed great footwork when taking the ball up and always proved a handful for opposition players.
Curtis Willey – “Bronco” Curtis was always busy on the field, tackling and running, Curty was the everywhere man. Never backed down when it was his turn for a hit up and was always happy to help the opposition to the ground.
Xavier Healey – “Young Gun” Xavier plays up an age group but you certainly would not know it. Xav has good speed and plenty of ticka when it comes to bringing down the sometimes bigger opponents.
Hugo Boorman – “Jet Boots Boorman” Electrifying speed that often left scorched turf and opposition in his wake. Another of our young guns playing up an age group and who handled the step up with ease.
James Pike – “The Flash” another of our speedsters. James went about his business on the footy field like a seasoned professional. Disabiling opposing teams attack with some tenancious defence and left many grasping for air with ball in hand.
Jaxon Price – “Jacko” Jacko loves his footy, well balanced runner, with a sharp step that often left defenders tackling themselves. Accomplished goal kicker. Coaches son, love him to death, was probably a little tough on him.
Beau Lill – “The Bull” joined us this year for the first time. Beau picked apart defensive lines with ease as his confidence grew throughout the year.
Another great season of rugby league behind us. I would like to thank each and every one of the abovementioned boys for their efforts throughout the year. I’d also like to thank Matt Pike for taking over the reigns as our manager for 2017 and to Grant Boorman, Assistant Coach, who was always happy to lend a hand with the boys when I was unable to attend.
Thanks to all the behind the scenes people at the club and of course, to the parents. Hope to see you all in 2018.
Coach Darron Price
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