2003 Under 19 Report

It would be easy to think that in the final analysis of 2003 for the Under 19’s, the season was a bitter disappointment. However there were many positives to extract from the year, namely,

  • the personal growth and leadership qualities displayed by our captain, Ben
  • the improvement and consistency of Kelly Spratt
  • the determination of James McCarthy, Leigh Cave and Garry Giasoumi, all often playing with injuries
  • the first year efforts of Cam Christiansen, Alex Crisp and Yuta Kobayashi
  • the marking skills of Michael Scott
  • the weekly dedication and commitment of so many
  • the run, flair and silky skills of Tom McNamara

Tom is to be congratulated on coming 5th in the VAFA Best & Fairest count with 11 votes. It is no surprise that three best on ground efforts in the first five rounds were the catalyst for our great start to the year.

 

At the conclusion of round 11 we were sitting third on the ladder, with a 7-4 record. Unfortunately in the second half of the season we could manage just one more victory.

 

Under 19’s has always proven to be a difficult level as players have so many other commitments with VCE, University, the beginnings of careers (not to mention cars, relationships and new social awakenings).

 

Our coaches have performed a great task of mentoring our young men in preparation for senior football. There are a number within the U 19 ranks, who with improved fitness and an injury free run, will be sound contributors to Hampton Rovers.

 

We were extremely fortunate to have the support of so many parents this year. Thanks to all for your eagerness to assist. Those that had match day involvement are shown above. Your extra commitment is not only appreciated, but is a wonderful example for your boys.

 

Finally, it is a privilege to be able to acknowledge the enormous amount of time, effort and  energy that Michael Blake, Paul Curry and John Cesario expended at training and on match day. You simply have to love the game, the players and the club to be so committed. In these three men our team was well lead.

IAN HENRY,

TEAM MANAGER

 

TEAM SPONSOR: Khyat’s Of Brighton (Julian Rowell)

 

OFFICIALS

Coach                   Michael Blake
Assistant               Coaches Paul Curry, John Cesario
Captain                 Ben Kezilas
Vice Captains         Leigh Cave, Garry Giasoumi, Brenton Henry
Team Managers      Ian Henry, Steve Guy
Runner                  Simon Blangiardo
Boundary Umpires    Matt Curry, Ian Henry
Water Carrier          Cameron Voss/Mathew Curry
Interchange            Jason Cave
Scoreboard             Ian Cave
Goal Umpire             Nick Giasoumi
Timekeepers            Nick Williams, Steve Guy
 
TROPHY WINNERS
 
BEST & FAIREST                  KELLY SPRATT
Donated by Max Grimmer
 
RUNNER UP BEST & FAIREST   BEN KEZILAS
Donated by Steve Guy
 
MOST CONSISTENT              GARY GIASOUMI
Donated by Nick & Sally Williams
 
MOST VERSATILE                 CAM CHRISTIANSON
Donated by Jowett Family
 
COACHES AWARD                 JAMES McCARTHY
 
MARK JOHANNSEN PERPETUAL SHIELD
(MOST VALUABLE U19 PLAYER) LEIGH CAVE
 
CLUB MILESTONE GAMES
 
Gary Giasoumi                    100 Rover Games
Michael Scott                     150 Rover Games
Kelly Spratt                        150 Rover Games
 
VAFA BEST & FAIREST VOTES
 
T. McNamara 11
G. Giasoumi 7
J. McCarthy 4
L. Cave  3
Y. Kobayashi 3
B. Kezilas 2
T. Malthouse 2
M. Scott 1
N. Oriti 1

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