- ANGELO Marley
- GLASS Ned
- HURLEY Ryan
- MORELLO Darcy
- NABLE Owen
- RAINEY Blake
- SWANSON Mitchell
- WEST Callan
- WILLIAMS Xavier
2018 Under 7 Coach’s Report
The new season saw the return of our core group of seasoned graduates from the 6s and the welcome addition of Blake and Ryan. The big question for coaching staff and players was how big a leap it would be to the 7s. Mark and I got caught by surprise early in the season with the strict enforcement of the no chance rule. In the first two rounds the boys defended grimly on the back of lost balls, off loads going astray and forward passes.
We quickly realised that we would have to ramp up the technical intensity at training focusing on core skill development and simulated game day drills. The rate of improvement reflects how hard we worked at training. Scoring points was never an issue as we cashed in on blinding speed, footwork, powerful running and off loads. The boys have gained a lot of confidence with their defensive skills.
Marley Angelo (The Evader) continued his passion for the fend from the 6s with some serious don’t argues this year. His defensive workload and technique really improved by the end of the season
Johnny Ellis (Geoff Toovey) took us back to the 90s with his zip and footwork, blonde locks and courageous defence. Sadly, moving up end at the end of the year. Best of luck with your future football career Johnny
Ned Glass (The Rover) a keen student of the game he would pop up anywhere to scoop up a loose ball, cover up in defence and break up the defensive line with his speed and evasion
Owen Nable ( Brave Heart) our most fearless defender who inspired the crowd and his team mates in putting his body on the line and his attacking confidence grew on the back of his defensive efforts
Mitchell Swanson (The Dancing Man) easily our top metre eater for the season with his passion for swerving, stepping and covering more ground than the early explorers. A prolific try scorer by season’s end
Callan West (Usain Bolt) as they say you can’t coach speed and boy does this young fella have plenty of that. Saved his best performances for our toughest opponents and kept the scorers busy including six tries in one game
Xavier Williams (The Incredible Hulk) became more aware of his leg drive and power culminating in his Green Haired man of the match performance to round out the season
Blake Rainey (The Smiling Assassin) a debutant and very quick learner. Introduced us to the Blake side step steamrolling his way to numerous tries and a cut down the opposition like an axe with his D
Ryan Hurley (The Enforcer) – another debutant and keen learner, realised by year end what a colossus he is with several barn storming tries and big hits in defence
Coaching the 7s was made easy with the help of parents willing to help at training and on game day. Thanks, to our manager Mark West for the thankless task of managing the team and doubling up by consistently and proactively assisting me with coaching and training drills. Thanks to Pete, Jay, Brook, Nathan and Adam for providing extra support at training and to Tom West for all his awesome photography. A big thankyou also to Greg, Joyce, Mal, Jaq and Foxy for all your help during the season.
Next year we step up to 8 a side and assuming our players return we will have the bare minimum with Johnny moving on. We are looking for at least 3 to 4 more players to field at least one side so please spread the word. Looking forward to the 2019 season.
Adopt a Manly Sea Eagle: Apisai Koroisau
The outstanding hooker is one of the most exciting players at Manly who can create havoc for a tiring defence with his darting runs from dummy half. Api often plays above his small frame and is a very strong defender. A more than capable goal-kicker, Api is highly respected at the Sea Eagles. Off the field, Api enjoys spending time with his family and lists ‘The Temptations’ as one of his favourite artists.