2012 Season Review
Pre-season 2012 started with much promise for the under 16’s as the boys worked hard on their fitness running laps of kangaroo park, but it soon became apparent that we were going to be struggling to get the necessary numbers to field a team in our own right. Over at neighbouring East Malvern this was a similar story for their second under 16 team. So with a couple of weeks to go before the start of the season it was decided that a merger of the two teams was the best course of action.
We probably got an indicator of how our season was going to pan out, when our practice match at East Malvern was called off after only fifteen minutes after Macca suffered a concussion when his head slammed into the hard ground.
While the merger of the two teams resulted in a team of 27 players, after the first couple of weeks of the season we regularly had five or more players unavailable due to injury or school commitments, even to the point of having games where we were short of players. The number of serious injuries to players was the biggest lowlight of the year.
Though the season was unsuccessful in regards to on-field success, with no wins and only one draw to show for all our efforts, the fact that we managed to get a team on the field and give the boys an opportunity to continue their junior football at the club was a success in itself.
Through the season there were still many highlights which included:
- the number of players who achieved the 100 game milestone this year. They included Connor Rausch, Hayden Colgrave, Andrew Cowan, Jack Anderson, Cormac Gilligan, Josh Godino, Aidan Wood and Brett Scotland.
- the continued huge workrate demonstrated by Tom Brasher as he pushed himself from end to end to get to contests.
- the bravery shown by many of our smaller players such as Hayden Colgrave,
- the Dustin Fletcher-like closing speed and telescopic arms of Dom Symes down back
- the regular attempts to take mark of the year by Cormac Gilligan,
- the elusiveness and poise demonstrated by Rob Pugliese and Hamish Cullity.
Thank you to Chris Gilligan, John Montgomery, Dave Elliott and Matt O’Malley for their assistance through the season