To all the players for their efforts during the year, in what was to be one of the toughest in the clubs history. With no U/17 and the knowledge we would be struggling for numbers, some jumped ship and went to play elsewhere. Those that put their hand up knew exactly what was in store and stuck at it for the whole season, even when things were really tough. It showed great courage and commitment to do that. It was to be a very young team and they would need to grow up quickly. Some did and some are still struggling with the jump from 16s to 19s. What was disappointing though was many wanted to play on a Saturday but, did not want to train and thus the results showed they were not fit enough or football drilled enough to handle the competition. Things will have to change for 2012 if they want to be competitive. However, if you commit like you did for the Red Cross appeal you will achieve a great deal. It was tough to be learning to be a leader during this season and I thank both our Captain Matthew Care & Vice Captain Josh Pavlou for their efforts.
Of approximately 46 available U/19 registered players, 43 actually played at least 1 game in the U/19 competition. On top of Cameron Sharp & Ned Fallon (seniors only), 10 had the opportunity to play senior games during the year. If the club can keep Jack Wilson, Alex Whalebone, Matthew Care, Bryce Pewtress, Ben Clarke, Josh Pavlou, Josh McPherson, William Brayshaw, Alex Woltering & Nick Hoban and things start to really look up on young talent.
To all our weekly helpers, Peter Rogerson (Assistant Coach), Paul Pavlou (Runner), Allan Jones (Team Manager), Gavin Edgar, Jenny Jones and to all the families supported us all year, being Timekeepers, Goal & Boundary umpires or just being at the games to support their respective lads.
I leave you with something to think about.
IF YOU ALWAYS DID WHAT YOU ALWAYS DO
YOU WILL ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU ALWAYS GOT
Anthony Dimitar Naumoff (Freddie)
Under 19 Coach