U11 South Coach’s Report – 2013 Wrap Up

Team : Under 11 SOUTH
Sponsor: Urban Inc.

Trophy Winners

Best and Fairest:- Hugo Lay
Runner Up Best and Fairest:- George Aivatoglou
Best Team Player:- Archie Jackson
Most Courageous:- Lachie Reynolds
Coach’s Award:- Jordan Nolan

We started the 2013 season with high hopes and a level of confidence after a good season in 2012 with the same core group.

Our position within the South division seemed to be the best spot for our team and we welcomed some new faces into the group and some from our previous year filled spots within our other Under 11 teams.
The season crept up on us quickly and myself and Greg Lay were on a steep learning curve but were receiving good support from team stalwarts Mick Reynolds, Shaune Jackson and Rob Aivatoglou
Early training sessions seen us use various available spaces including the Hampton Beach on a warm night and we were happy to have some support for Mick with Gale joining our group as Team Manager
Our training slot was organised at Boss James on a Thursday Night and this was an advantage for our boys as the Senior Club would train straight after us given the boys a greater feeling of club participation and also gave our parents an opportunity to catch up inside the clubhouse.
Our plan for the year was to make sure all our boys got the opportunity to improve their skills, understood the fundamentals of the team game, played in as many positions as possible within the team structure, build great friendships, win some games along the way and above all enjoyed coming to training and playing football each week.
Throughout the season we had some ups and downs in games and at training but again it was a great learning curve for our boys as well as us as a coaching group.
Part of the lessons throughout the season was not always just about football but also about respecting others and also for yourself.
I was pleased to see our group of boys grow through these lessons and it made the time invested worthwhile.
Although it took us to Round 6 to get a win on the board, which was a breath of fresh air it was character building for a group that had some great success the year previously.
Our next win came in Round 8 and our confidence had built with a real noticeable increase in our team work with the boys now playing great end to end football with run and carry passages.
Round 11 was our third and last win for the year but we did have some other close winnable games that just alluded us, one being a 5 point loss to the eventual premiers of the division.
3 wins from 14 was a little short of our early expectations but the season did provided a lot of joy for the boys on an individual perspective and also a team perspective.
Our parents were again a fantastic group of people who interacted well throughout the season with providing their assistance on game day, at training nights and at some of the many social events we had.
Personally a special mention to Greg for coaching assistance, Gale and Mick for team management, Jacko and Rob for running and training nights, Patrick for goal umpiring, Kim and Liz for medical assistance, Phil for the boundary, Mark and Alan for keeping the water up to the boys, Jim for his magnet movements and especially my wife Tiff for her fabulous photography.
To the boys, Scama, Cossie, Tommy, Georgie, Matty, Kristian, Lachie, Greenie, Benny, Hugo, Nicola, Keir, Griff, Macca, Jordie, Chopper, Sammy, Thumper, Daniel and especially Tom & Harry, thank you for allowing me to go on this journey with you and putting up with my moments of madness, I hope I was able to in part a little of my knowledge to you and you learnt not just football but also a little bit of life skill as well. You provided me with some great laughs and pride with some of your shining moments.
Just another thank you to Tom as it is not easy as the coach’s son and Harry for his enthusiasm and helping out on game days with low numbers.
Good luck to all for next year and hope you all return to play our great game at the Rovers
Grant Griffin
Hampton Rovers Under 11 South

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