Manager: Sandy Blank
2018 Season Report – Under 12
Well for me it was a year of what could have been.
Both the maroons and the whites had the potential to win both their respective competition’s. The availability of players throughout the year played a part in the boy’s final result, as did a couple of games that should have gone our way and with injuries to players, we ended up in positions that we should have never been at the end of the year, but as they say that’s footy.
And as always there are positives to take from the season, I believe it is important that the boys learn to lose graciously, which in my opinion is lost on many. As a parent of these young men you should be very proud of the way they conduct themselves both on the field and off the field. There were numerous occasions during the year when the boys had opposition players trying to niggle them and saying things on the field best left there, but as the young men they are they did not complain but simply put their head down and played on, playing excellent football and left the opposition in their wake.
A season such as this is a learning experience for them all. As they go forward in life it is a realisation that winning is hard and not everyone gets a trophy. But as we always say the most important thing is the boys had fun.
But a massive positive from the whole season was that when we spoke to them and told them their year had ended, the boys had a determined look in their eyes, all vowed to return next year. The most positive thing was the boys all just looked at each other shrugged their shoulders and went and played footy together. Perfect, no pressure no expectations just having a run around with your mates and having fun, the way it should be. There will be plenty of time in the future for expectations and competition, but it should be a key point in my opinion to ensure that whatever sport they play is fun and we are supportive of them.
A point that should not be lost on anyone was that we had over 30 registered players throughout the year, there were of course the little niggles with 30 young men, but overall they worked together as a group, supported each other and became conscious that everyone is different and has differing levels of ability and worked together as a common goal. And more importantly they had fun.
The team was:
Koby Smith Caelan Pitkeathly Daniel Povah Carter Sengchanh Isaac Bromley
Bodhi Hanson Jesse Matheson Angus Williams Cameron Paull Jai Angelo
Oscar Dacic John Havili Sam Harrington Dylan Cahill Mark Elderkin
Henry Curll Ollie Williamson Sulli Masters Charlie Blank Sam Blank
Ollie Davies Henry Conick Ben Bousie Baxter Stewart Billy Ryan
Will Rylands Jesse Nable Zac Toole Joe Walsh Max Clarke Moar
Felix Perego Xander O’Gorman Coby Toon
Again we had a large amount of returning players and we welcomed new players from other clubs and codes to our club. It was an extremely successful year made possible only through the many helpers we had and the support the boys receive from you, be it by washing their uniforms, manning the bbq and canteen on game day or simply getting them to training each week.
A special thanks to Gino MOORE who kindly gave up his time and passed on years of coaching experience to the boys, Hayden MASTERS the world best water boy for his unyielding patience with the boys both at training and on game day, massive thanks to
Adrian TOOLE for imparting years of first grade experience while at training and on game day especially while I was away.
A special thanks to the manager of the year again Mrs Sandy BLANK, the glue that holds the team together, we would all be truly lost without her, thanks heaps Sandy, you even got your own paragraph as you are that wonderful.
I do not intend to give a summary of each of the boys other than to say it is an absolute privilege to have been allowed to coach these young men, as parents you can be assured that if they were not such a wonderful group of young men I wouldn’t keep coming back. As parents you should be extremely proud of you son and the way they represent your family, mums and dads you have done a cracking job…
Again thank you for your support.
See you on the side.
Stef Ell, Coach U12
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.