2017: 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
2018 Season Report – Under 14M
“Sometimes things just don’t go your way”.
I think this pretty much sums up our season this year. If it could go wrong, it did, and if there was a possible clash with something else on for some of the boys then it became reality.
But the reality is that we were not good enough year. These type of events will happen and have happened and up until this year we have been really lucky that we have been able to avoid most of it. It’s just our turn.
Some really great performances from some of the boys this year which made it really easy to pick the award recipients this year.
PLAYERS PLAYER AND BEST BACK.- RORY MORGAN
Rory really stepped up this year when things weren’t going our way and led from the front. He played in the halves but I can tell you that I would not run at him. His one on one defence this year left many opposition players laying on their backs and I’m sure they thought twice about running at him again. He was the only player to play every game this year even though at times he was injured and didn’t once complain. This year Rory was once again picked in the Manly development squad and played in the halves and played really well. Well done mate.
BEST FORWARD – HAYDEN WILLIAMS
Hayden by no means had an absolute standout year this year. But what he did do was play every game except one and when he was on the field he did his job. He got to nearly every play the ball and when the opposition ran at him he just did his job without too much fuss. Hayden also was picked in the manly Development squad. I found picking this award quite hard as I didn’t want to award it to my son but when I looked at how many games he had played compared to some of our more stand out players it was a no brainer. Well done Haydo.
MOST IMPROVED AND COACHES AWARD – LIAM TOOLE.
I love this kid. Great attitude, Great work ethic on the field, Open to advice and got better every game. What more could a coach ask for. I’ve been trying to get Liam to come and play league with us for a few years now and I’m glad he finally did. His willingness to listen at training and to try and put those tips into his game is what impressed me the most and by the end of the season he was quite often our best forward on the field.
Thank you to all the parents for their efforts in getting the boys to and from training and games and a special thank you to Greg Keogh for all his help this year and for not hating me too much when I took a lot of his players. Also thanks to Dan Maxwell for helping out on game day running as our trainer. Brandon Ward again helped out at training and on game day when I couldn’t be there so thanks very much and I really do appreciate it.
Hopefully see you all next year
2017 Season Report
Best Back: Savelio Tamale
Best Forward: Brandon Smith
Best and Fairest: Daniel Ward
Best Defensive Player: Hayden Williams
Coaches Award: Jake Candrick
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.