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Port Adelaide District Hockey Club Season 2011

Season Stats

Minor Premiers- PLW, M1W, M6M, U18M & U15W. MAJOR Premiers- U18M, U15W, M6M, M2W, M1W & Masters Men Final Minor round placings15 out of 21 teams through to the finals and 8 out of 21 teams through to the Grand Final! PLM- 4th- RUNNERS UP PLW- 1st- MINOR PREMIERS, RUNNERS UP M1M- 3rd M1W- 1st- MINOR & MAJOR PREMIERS M2M- 2nd M2W- 2nd- MAJOR PREMIERS M3M- 3rd M3W- 6th M4M- 5th M4W- 9th M5M- 3rd M6M- 1st- MINOR & MAJOR PREMIERS Masters M- 2nd- MAJOR PREMIERS Masters W- 3rd- RUNNERS UP U18M- 1st- MINOR & MAJOR PREMIERS U18W- 3rd- pending appeal* U15M- 6th U15W- 1st- MINOR & MAJOR PREMIERS U13M- 6th U13W- 4th U11- 11th - No Finals U9's Black & White- No Finals

2001 Trophy Recipients Team


Women Best & Fairest Players Choice Jessica Cibich Brooke Appleyard Best & Fairest Best Team Person

Players Choice Greg Beckmann Best Team Person

Metro 1

Magpie Medal Scott Germein Best & Fairest Zac Giles & Sean Pearce

Metro 2

Matthew Borg

Kris Schiller

Metro 3 Metro 4 Metro 5 Metro 6 Masters

Adrian Buckley Chris Collett Kane Wickman Trevor Cibich Mark Corkill

Matthew Condie Aaron Mossop Simon Bohm Mark Moore Terry Horne

Best & Fairest Kane Wickman Darcy Guerin Hanlon Billy Robbins Tess Mayes Meg Bourne Brigette Belton Tyra Hennessey

Best Team Person Adam Jones not awarded Joshua Everingham Cloe Chevalier Melissa Nenke Melissa Garner Dylan Lawrence

Best & Fairest Joachim BertossaKirner Best & Fairest Darcy Fewings

Male Encouragement

Most Improved Adam Lawrence Albert Robbins Nash Binnington Greta Ramsey-Martin Olivia Smith Brianna Moody Emilia Bovingdon Female Encouragement

Darcy Conry Best Team Person Anne-Marie Savas

Madelen Bussenschutt Most Improved Sophie Ryan

Premier League Team

Team Under 18 M Under 15A M Under 13 M Under 18 W Under 15A W Under 13 W Under 11 Team Under 9 Black Team Under 9 White

Dion Tate

Natsai Gomiwa-Jamba Rebecca Anderson & Margaret Schiller Tanya & Natasha Greenshields Tracy Lambert

Sonya Hubbard

Perpetual Trophies “Allan Drever” – Club Championship Trophy “Trevor Cibich” – Most Outstanding Coach

M2 Women Kim Hughes

“A.A Weir” - Most Outstanding Club Member “William (Bill) Drewett” – Exceptional Playing Services “Marilyn Young” – Exceptional Playing Services - female "Mark Victory" - Junior Champion Team “Craig Victory” - Most Promising Male Junior Player "Bianca Greenshields” - Most Promising Female Junior Player

Sue Beckmann Brian Wait Karen Bevan U15 Girls Tom Fitzgerald Leah Welstead

Meg Bourne Laura Goodwins Olivia Brown Liza Manskey

Cheryl Doctor

Premier League Men Way back in late January the Premier League Men started their 2011 campaign with terrific numbers turning up to pre-season (38 Players over all sessions) - laps of the dreaded snake pit, Mawson Lakes sprints and biathlons were all enjoyable and helped to mix things up with stick sessions (I look forward to seeing even more new faces early next year). Weekly training attendance during the season was solid and the improvement in the guys making the effort every week was clear – intensity and competitiveness at sessions was as good as it has been during my 3 years running the squad. Conflicting state fixtures and injuries during the year tested our depth and I am pleased to say that 23 players got the chance to represent the Magpies at Premier League level this season. Some players grabbed their opportunities with both hands and others tasted the experience and found some areas to further develop and improve themselves. Particularly pleasing from my perspective was the improvement in the guys between the ages of 16-20 within the squad – with continued leadership from quality experienced players we are entering a stage as a club where the blend is perfect for future success. In what was a challenging season we finished the minor round in 4th place. Terrific wins in the 1st Semi against Adelaide (3rd) and again in the preliminary final against minor premiers Seacliff (1st) saw us earn a spot in the GF against North-East (2nd). In a hard fought contest that went down to the wire we fell just short and were beaten 3-2 in the final. The 16 on the day gave it their best and can be proud of their efforts, but not satisfied with the achievement. I’m certain the outcome will drive the guys for the next 12 months and spur them onto greater glory. The guys really appreciated the tremendous support from the Magpie army on the day. We are determined to go one better next year and bring the cup back to cnr Hart St & Swan Tce next year where it belongs. PLM Coach- Chainy

Premier League Women After the loss of stalwarts Tobi Cibich, Kym Meldrum and Jess London the PL women’s side gladly included several new faces this year in new recruits Emma Smith and as a result of well earned promotions to Leah Welstead, Chantal Nel and Crystal Beckmann. It was a rocky start to the year, due to injuries and absences from Jessi Cibich and Sarah Harrison at AHL, and Brooke Appleyard, Emma Faint and Bek Simpson representing in the State under 21s. However, the girls managed to come together in the final weeks of the season to finish on top of the ladder, showing consistency in the midfield and an unfaltering defense. This was a big achievement from a relatively young and new team underrated by opposition. Led by captains Sarah Harrsion and Sarah Lange the Premier League Women consistently showed their defensive strength, and improvement and determination in attack. The first semi final presented a big challenge facing off against their old rival Adelaide. The girls went down in a tight match which left them disappointed. They came back firing in the Prelim against Burnside with Brooke Appleyard scoring after the siren to put them through to the final. In a case of déjà vu Port Adelaide were again to face off against Adelaide on Grand Final Day, which with the poorly timed Under 15 Women’s National tournament left the side without star striker Leah Welstead. The Grand Final was a quality hockey match, both sides showing strengths in the midfield, and showing they were the top teams of 2011. In a similar nature to the minor round games, Port was unable to make the most of their early scoring opportunities and conceded first. They fought back scoring a goal 10 minutes into the second half and pushed the game out to extra time. Unfortunately extra time ended up only being an extra 2 minutes as Adelaide came out aggressively and were able to convert a quick goal and take the game. Next year is a new year and with the improvements seen throughout 2011, the girls are ready for the challenge. PLW Coach- Steve North

Metro 1 Men Once again we fielded a fairly young and inexperienced team. In season 2010 we finished outside the finals and were very inconsistent. This year our goal was to play finals and find that consistency that comes with experience. The team was bolstered with the return of the experienced Sean Pearce and somewhat lesser experienced Chris Roberts. At the other end of the scale we saw Adam (SOS) Lawrence, Dylan Roberts and Zac Giles join the team. All had an immediate impact and it was particularly pleasing to see the improvement in young SOS coming up from the Under 15 and Metro 2 Teams. Dylan went on to play Premier League and Zac shared the Best and Fairest Award. Our focus once again this year was to be as much as possible one squad with the Premier League and follow the same routines and tactics. Chainy and Finnie are extremely well organised and this has considerable benefits during the week. Game days are a different proposition where if we are the first game players have difficulty getting there on time and if we are the second game we have a number of players who are involved in the earlier Premier League game. It is easy to observe that the difference between our best player and worst player is significant but all the same we value the effort of each and every one and hope that their participation will lead to improvement over time. This lack of depth means at times that it is difficult to enforce the agreed team trademarks. During the year we played some excellent games evidenced by the fact that we sat on top of the ladder for quite a period of time. We also let ourselves down by playing poorly and dropping games we should have won. Our game of the year was the last minor round where we had to beat Seacliff to finish in the four and knock them out. A great game which we won 3-2 eventually finishing third ahead of Enfield who defeated us in the Semi. This group is developing year by year and makes a significant contribution to our senior playing squad. Many thanks to our manager Guy Wightman and his replacements during the year. For season 2012 we need to set our sights a little higher and again encourage the next round of juniors out to train and test themselves. M1M Coach- Paul Beckmann

Metro 1 Women The Metro 1 Women have had a very successful year. The squad started the season learning a new playing style and to their credit, embraced it and then excelled in it. After a slow start to the first round, the squad found themselves in 6th position by its end. There were a lot of positives to take from the games played and the team entered the second round with belief and determination to make the top four. This determination saw the girls go through the second round undefeated and moved into top position for the finals campaign with a win in the final game. After a strong performance by Annesley in the major semi-final brought the team back to reality and saw us have to make the grand final the hard way. Grand final day saw the team put in a performance that saw everyone contribute evenly and the team walked away with a fantastic win. Special mentions must go to Maggie Schiller for a true cameo performance in the Grand Final‌again‌ for stepping up and filling in with the absence of our state representatives. I personally have had a fantastic time coaching this year. The attitude of all the girls to embrace new styles and learn has been rewarding. Big thankyous must go to Sue and Crystal Beckmann. Your support has been great and greatly appreciated. M1W Coach- Matt Lloyd

Metro 2 Men The M2 Men had highs and lows feel to it this year. We held a high standard throughout the year but lost our mojo in the last 6 rounds. The group ended 2nd after the minor round. We finished 3rd and were extremely disappointed with our finish to the season. This is a good group, friendships were made and the ability to play consistent hockey was evident all year. Thanks goes to Kylie Kean for managing and running the bench during the year. Your support is greatly appreciated. With a realization that this grade has changed. Training, fitness and keeping the core group together, will bring long term success to this group. Kris Schiller

Metro 2 Women With a combination of experience and youth, the Metro 2 Women finished the minor round in second, by goal percentage. They won their first final 2-0 against Seacliff putting them straight through into the Grand Final, something that this team has not achieved in a long time. On Saturday 17th September, 3.00pm at Port Adelaide District Hockey Club the M2 Port Adelaide Women’s team played a Grand Final against a highly respected opposition Uni SA. One that Port had not beaten all year. Uni SA came out strong / physical, playing a right sided game, every ball was switching from their left to their right and straight down into attack, making our defenders work hard,. Tracy, Laura, Courtney, Nadine, Nottie, Sonya, Tanya and Liz all used their strengths and skill, rebounded the ball out time after time. Eventually Uni SA made it through our defence and scored. The work rate from the girls lifted, Greta, Anne, Symonne, Emma, Step, Maggie, Bek and Northy soon put a stop to the transfer by pressuring the switches and cutting down their options. The cheers from the Magpie supporters encouraged the girls to lift, which resulted in some great attacking play down both sides of the field. A number of short corners were earned, one resulting in the perfect drag, trap and pass to Liz for a cracker of a goal. Nice work Liz!!!! Game on. In the second half, the Port girls jelled together and used each other to create a number of attacking opportunities. In the last 15 minutes of the game a second goal was scored from a rebound off the goalie’s pads, nice work Symonne. Uni SA was then in full attacking mode, all in. The girls resisted the pressure to come away with a 2-1 win. I would like to congratulate all the girls on a fantastic year and great team effort. Most of us have achieved a premiership but in this grade just making the finals was super, let alone winning one. Big thanks to Boof the super manager, KS for managing the bench and Maggie for all her hard work this year. Also thanks to the Magpie supporters and congratulations the Port Adelaide District Hockey Club on winning their first Metro 2 Women’s flag. Cheer, cheer the black and the white..... M2W Coach- Maggie Schiller

Metro 3 Men Well the Metro 3 men’s season started off slowly. We had a draw then started to get a few close wins under the belt, but then lost a few games we should have won. Unfortunately we had a few players come and go and struggled to get 11 players on the field for those first few weeks, but once we hit the half way mark we started to get settled and we strung a few wins together. We only lost the one game in the second half of the season and drew against the top team. When it came to playing Grange, who we needed to beat to get above, our PL coach Chainy made himself available and with him brought along his brother Jiggy. It was the first time the two brothers had played together for some time and it was great to have the two of them playing in our team. We won the game and managed to not only sneak into the top 4 but we finished third. We then won our first final, but due to some dubious umpiring decisions we lost the following week and were knocked out. M3M Manager- Darren Pettrey

Metro 3 Women Well it was an interesting season 2011 - at the beginning of the year most of us stepped up a grade to consolidate what had been a team struggling for consistent numbers for several years. Tracey Sykes initially took control and led us through the first half of the season which was plagued by injury, which in a team that is still trying to find its feet has an impact on the scoreboard. However some solid results were still posted. Tracey then decides she is going to open her business and hands the team over to me - not much changed really - we just kept working hard on rebuilding the team, consolidating numbers and improving match results. This year again we worked with our juniors to bring them in to the senior grades and many of them stepped up to the plate with excellent results, and the start of some very promising senior careers. After much harassing, begging, and asking at the juniors on a Friday night Tanya Greenshields agreed to fill in (played most of the season) and I managed to convince her that Tash was ready as well Tanya was not sure of this - However with the mother daughter combination solidifying our back line and mid field we started to turn things around - not to mention that they also tied in the team vote for Best and Fairest. For the first time in a long time this team was not fighting to avoid relegation we were still an outside chance at finals right up to the last minor round game - but alas it was not meant to be. If we are able to keep the majority of these girls together next season then the flag will not be too far away. Overall we had a fun season with lots of laughs and giggles and the team spirit was alive and well on most occasions. Thank you to all of you that supported this team in one way or another in season 2011 it was most appreciated. Cheer Cheer Bek Moroney (team organiser)

Metro 4 Men A disappointing year for the M4 lads this season. Being the first year that we haven’t made finals in the last 6 seasons. Our best was fantastic, but it wasn’t played often enough. We drew too many games that we should have won and it came down to winning the last game of the season to get into the top 4. Unfortunately that game was at Seacliff and coincided with the last home game for the Adelaide Crows and half the team got caught in traffic going past AAMI. Much to Seacliff’s delight (who were also playing to get into the finals) we started the decider with 7 people. We held them to a draw but we needed the win. On the positive side the boys will use the sting of a disappointing season to fuel their desire for a successful 2012 season. They are a strong group of players when they get their heads together. A stronger presence at training (such as more than Marky D training whilst myself and Jason Young watch on and drink beer) will see them get back on course next year. We are unfortunately loosing Hayden ‘Freddy’ Bruce from the squad as he is moving at the end of the year. Freddy has been a great player and mate to all the lads over the years and we are sorry to see him go, but wish him, Jen and the kids all the best for the future. Freddy’s departure leaves a gaping chasm of talent in our forward line, so if there are any rouge centre forwards out their looking to spend next year sitting atop a 16 yard circle being hand fed goals, let me know. Cheer Cheer, Ando (M4 men chief baby sitter.)

Metro 4 Women 2011 was a milestone year for the Metro 4 Women (formerly Div 69ers) but for all the wrong reasons. It was the first time in our 5 year history we didn’t make the GF. This team was put together in 2007 made up predominantly of ladies who had never graced a hockey field or held a stick before AND a number of former Premier League greats. Our history, whilst short can boast 2 Premiership Flags (2008 & 2010) and 2 Runners Up (2007 & 2009). This year unfortunately we finished well down the ladder, but that’s okay too. Our team is about fun, fitness and friendship. We’ve gone from Division 6 to Metro 5 and then moved up a grade to Metro 4 in 2011. Over the years we’ve lost some key players but this year have also gained more “newbie’s” who have embraced the sport and the club and even bring along their own children who now play in the Under 9 competition. The Metro 4 Women of 2011 would like to give a massive thank you to Karen “Freddie” Bevan for all her hard work over the last 2 years as player/manager/coach. It is an extremely hard task to be all these things, even in a team that is all about the fun. 2011 was an extra tough year as we struggled each week to field a full team but we plan on returning in 2012 bigger and better than ever. Guy Wightman has agreed to take on the coaching role and Mark Conry the team manager. If you or anyone you know is interested in “having a go” we’d love to hear from you. It is a great team with a great bunch of women, and an equally great bunch of “offspring” on the sidelines watching their Mums each week. What better way to encourage your children to be involved in sport, than to play yourself. CHEER CHEER and see you in 2012 Captain Tamwa Wightman

Metro 5 Men The metro 5 men this year had a mix if ups and downs but had an overall enjoyable season. We finished the season, under the excellent guidance of Coach Brian Vajda, in 3rd position with 12 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw. The core of last year’s team again provided a good backbone with the injection of some young blood, Kane Wickman, Oscar Lang, Jake Mill and Josh Leohr. Kane provided some fantastic goal scoring throughout the year with 30+ by the end of season. Unfortunately during the early part of the season an injury to our main goal keeper, Peter Hanlon, prevented him from taking the field. This provided an opportunity for Simon Bohm to step into the roll, I have never seen anyone take on a position like this and perform it to such a high standard and I would like to personally congratulate Simon for the brilliant and tireless work in goals this season and I hope not the last. I would also like to congratulate Josh Leohr for scoring his first senior goal for us in the Prelim final, well done! Next year, with the same backbone and a few new faces I hope we can get that prize we all long for.......a Magpie Premiership for the M5M. GO MAGGIES. M5M Team Manager- Chris Clare

Metro 6 Men A team of 15 mature young blokes ably led by Bill Drewett with the support of Ricky Holliday & the technical / tactical bench of Steve Harris, Evert Siemelink, Trevor Cibich, Jeff Wait, Garry Hughes and Wally Lehmann turned up each week from April in great spirits. The first half dozen games saw plenty of great goals for and none against. Then a reality check of 2 goals against in a short period at the start of the next game dropped us out of the clouds. Some injuries in the back half of the year saw some more goals against but luckily always more for. Around this time Mark Corkill decided to move to greener pastures in the metro 3 side which opened the door for Dave Kirner to join in. Training wasn’t a problem as most players couldn’t see their watches for the starting time. Rumour has it some players even had trouble seeing the ball as well. The minor round ended with the team undefeated on maximum points. Goal tally was 146 for and around 10 against? Well done to Evert Siemelink who top scored with 35 goals and the old fossil Jeff Wait finishing on 24. September saw the finals upon us once more and after accounting for Adelaide Uni 5-3 in the semi at Woodville the grand final was 2 weeks away. Adelaide Uni managed a win against North East in the prelim and all was set for a great tussle in the GF. Unfortunately for Uni this metro 6 side saved their best hockey for the past three years to obliterate the memory of last year’s shock loss in the decider to run out comfortable 9-1 winners. Thanks to all the supporters who turned up on the day and throughout the year and a special mention to William for taking on the difficult task of managing the boys. Special mention goes to the following players: Phil Chappell 1st time out with Port Adelaide as goalie – hope to see him continue with the club. Barry Thomas – Kiwi “bugger the Rugby” Mark Corkill – moved on & proved himself with the masters carnival in Canberra. Andrew Beckmann – hopefully will continue & expect to increase his knowledge of positions i.e. “goalie” (joke). Jay Greatrex – expect to see him take up the whistle in the distant future after a great display of umpiring. Mark Moore – improves with age just needs to have a little “Moore” aggression to add to his game. Garry Hughes – where are you - needs to communicate “off the field” to advise which state he’s in ????? PS use the m/phone. Wally Lehmann – steps up to the plate with a goal here & there. Brenton Lawrence (Scruffy) – as usual solid in defence putting his body head/shoulders & any other part of the anatomy on the line to stop the opposition. Steve Martin – thanks for being available between Adelaide/Darwin over the season. David Kirner – showing potential through every game. As we have come to the end of the season we look back & wonder what we did, Simple: We did for our great club / for the team / the comradeship / the banter between players / the laugh/jokes in the club rooms after the game / the supporters & the sponsors as we want them back on board each year to support the club. A job well done – thanks fellas “for the memory”. William Drewett & Mark Moore

Masters Men After last season’s ridiculous decision not to play finals the 2011 season couldn't possibly be more controversial. Port again nominated an A and B team - renamed Masters Over 35 and Masters Over 40. Well so the rules said but that never got to the competition. Anyway, the "younger" A division did not get up with only 3 clubs nominating a team - Port, North East and Adelaide Uni. Despite that the competition managers issued age dispensations to teams in the older B division rather than forcing them to play in the division they qualified. At the start of the season it looked like our mixture of older players and novices might mean we would struggle a little. I think we all expected the likes of Seacliff and Grange to be favourites with North East to be much more competitive with the inclusion of players from their "A" team. We also recruited a couple of players from our defunct "A" team along the way and this made a significant difference by the end of the year as we finished 2nd on goal difference to Seacliff. In the finals we accounted for Seacliff 3-0 and Grange 2-1. A great result as we had been the bridesmaid now for the previous 3 years. A special mention of our 2 highest goal scorers. Jeff Wait on top with 14 goals not bad for a 64 year old. Robert Brown was second on 13 goals – Robert’s second season of hockey. Paul Beckmann

Masters Women The women’s vets team started the season a bit over confident after not losing a single game the previous year. It was not uncommon to see some of the girls busting some dance moves or the back line playing charades. The position of goalie was not filled initially, however we were extremely fortunate to secure Jenny Cowan from Woodville who “filled in” every week. Unfortunately Jenny was away for the grand final but we were lucky to have Bek Moroney take on the role. It was a great effort and one that resulted in a broken shoulder from a great save. It was fantastic to have new players to hockey, to the club and to the team as well as the return of many of last season’s players. Our strategy was to have fun, play as a team and win games along the way. It was a disappointment not to win the grand final against Adelaide, having not lost to them in the two years that the women’s vets competition has been running. A great effort from all team members and a special mention to our dedicated supporter and bench bitch Moorey for the 2011 season. Well done ladies and it will be great to see you all out again next year. Tracy Bohm

Under 18 Men Although starting the season in rocky fashion, this season has been a great success for the lads having won the premiership 4 - 0 over our rivals Seacliff. The season started with us both drawing with Adelaide and losing to Seacliff in the first 4 games of the season but many minor changes to our game plan plus a lot of hard work for the lads we saw our results change for the better. These results were not only from hard work but team work which became the strongest point in our game plan. Losing only the 1 game throughout the season saw us finish top of the ladder. Moving into the first semi against Seacliff and being 2 - 0 up at half time, when being overpowered by Seacliff in the second half losing 3 – 2. Focusing on the positives we moved into the elimination final against Adelaide with good confidence and defeated them 3 - 2 in a much closer encounter than first thought with their team having a much different look from previous games none the less we won our way through to the grand final. The grand final was a much anticipated clash with the score in Seacliff’s favour 2 – 1. The game started with arm wrestle with both teams having good opportunities in front of the net fortunately we took the lead 16mins in to the first half with a handy goal scored by Daniel Haynes off a short corner. This was the only score of the half which saw most of the pressure placed on Seacliff. The second half started with yet again with a great amount of pressure from both sides. Both sides peppered the goals with numerous attempts which saw our defensive unit play its best half of hockey to date. Captain Will Abineri led the way making many important stopping tackles and showing leadership years beyond his age. With our defence feeding the midfield with such good opportunities it was no doubt that we piled on the score board pressure. Two quick goals were scored by none other than Adam 'Cult Figure' Jones and Nathan Greenshields. This pushed the game beyond doubt with 10 minutes to go and within the final 6mins Daniel Roberts snuck in what could have been our most team orientated goal of the year topping off what was a great season. Our season finished with 13 wins 2 loss and 1 draw (Premiers) Adam 'Cult Figure' Jones - Best Team man Kane Wickman - Best and Fairest Adam 'SOS' Lawrence - Most Improved Dylan Roberts - Under 18's competition leading goal scorer Our season was also capped off with some very successful individual results with Tom Fitzgerald Dylan Roberts and Nathan Greenshields all making the under 18's men’s state team, and Adam Lawrence and Harry Johns making the 16's school boys as well as Tom Fitzgerald making the under 21's state team. U18M Coach- Chris Roberts

Under 18 Women A fantastic year by all the girls. We continued each game to improve and with a rather slow start to the season we continued to work and peaked by finals time. We were on fire in the finals and would have taken it out if not for decisions made by ‘higher’ people in the world. A bitterly disappointing end to the season, there is no other way to say it. I am very proud of the girls for the way they have continued to grow during this experience, their professionalism and support for each other and myself has been fantastic. Special thanks go to Natasha Greenshields, stepping up as a 12 year old to ‘fill in’ as goal keeper and ending up playing the whole year and finals is a huge effort, fair bit of guts there. To the u15’s girls that filled in, like every year, we would be short without you girls so thanks for all your efforts! To Cathy Main, my trusty manager, things wouldn’t run smoothly without you! I thoroughly enjoyed working with you this year and here’s to many more to come. And lastly, to the girls, it has been a great year, dampened by ridiculous decisions, it only makes us stronger and I look forward to coming out next year with a vengeance. I have developed great friendships with all of you and it has been a pleasure coaching you! U18W Coach- Carly Simms

Under 15 Men The U/15 boys had a year of extreme differences. At the start of the year this team struggled to be competitive. To their credit they persisted, listening and practicing what was taught, they soon found themselves competitive and able to win some games. This was a mix of players who have had exposure to the game and were playing in senior sides. The other group was a bit younger and the new players, learning the difficult art of the game. This was a fantastic group to be involved with and the future is strong. The improvement in all players has been extreme and a credit to this group to not really worry about the score but to keep challenging themselves against more experienced opposition. A simple request to keep training to learn after the minor season had finished, indicated these blokes are on their way to greater success. Special thanks go to Peter Hanlon for managing; he worked a lot behind the scenes and allowed me to concentrate on the group. Thanks also go to Mainy for umpiring, he allowed the kids to play the game and was one of the few umpires in this grade that blew it the way he saw it. He left his true colours on the sideline. To the parents; these players cannot improve or play without your support. I believe the playing group showed that all the time and travel, made it enjoyable to watch their games. Every week they showed something different and it makes you want to be there to see what happens next. Great year, fantastic group. I look forward to seeing the improvement next year. U15M Coach- Kris Schiller

Under 15 Women This season has proved a successful year for the U15 girls. After coming off a premiership in 2010 we had a lot of experienced players returning for their final year of under 15s, and with the addition of a few girls from the under 13s each week we were able to combine our experience with raw talent and come out with the 2011 premiership. If you were to look at the results throughout the year you would assume that we had it pretty easy - but it wasn't always the case. With players travelling away with state teams, injuries, illness and family holidays the middle of the season was fairly disrupted and your younger team members stood up and showed us what they were made of. At the end of the minor round were on top and knew that it wouldn't be an easy road to the grand final. In the first round of finals we played North East Red who has proven to be difficult to beat all season, but the girls showed how much they wanted to make the grand final and easily defeated North East to advance straight to the grand final. As expected we faced North East again in the grand final and although you could tell the girls were nervous they were able to withstand the pressure that they were under and came victorious. Considering the year we had there are a few people I would like to thanks, because without them this year would not have been as successful as it was: Chantal - thanks for being my assistant coach and running trainings and games when I couldn't due to work or injury Bek - thanks for coming out every week to umpire Chris & Wal - thanks for your constant support and allowing me to use your players each week

Under 13 Men 2011 was my first year caching at Port and I was fortunate enough to score a great group of lads all eager to learn and improve on their hockey. We had a real mix of young men this year with some first timers, previous players and some that only played because the Playstation was banned on a Sunday morning. Regardless of new or old players they all demonstrated their ability to work hard and constantly push themselves to continually improve and meet any challenges put towards them. The greatest challenged we had was waiting to see how many players we had each Sunday, usually 9 or 10 which made it hard, but to the boys credit they never let this worry them and with a full team or not they all played each game as tough and thorough as they could. The makings of true magpies with a never say die attitude. Although our win/loss ratio may be a little less impressive than others it by no means represents the boys’ season and their growth as hockey players and individual success cannot be indicated on ladder positioning. Congratulations to all the U13 men on an excellent season. U13M Coach- Michael Lubcke

Under 13 Women Under 13’s can be a difficult time in Hockey for a few reasons – the range of skill, fitness, and reasons for playing can differ enormously – some players are playing for the first time, and others are enjoying their 5th season of Hockey. Armed with these issues, we decided to concentrate on the basics of the Game – trapping, passing calling and supporting. We concentrated on moving the ball wide out of defence and using the Centre Half in every move forward, together with the halves and inners in a supporting role. Most of the Girls played up to 3 or 4 positions throughout the year – this was to help with their development, and also to help fill some gaps when players were not available. Attendance and attention at training was excellent. As the season wore on, wins were hard to come by, and goal scoring became an issue for the team. We concentrated on this for the last half of the season – and encouraged the Girls to win a penalty corner if a shot was not possible. Results went our way, and with a couple of wins toward the end of the season, saw the Girls deserve a place in the knock-out First Semi-Final. For most of the Team this was their first Finals game, and whilst they lost the game, along the way they were to earn the respect of the opposition, and the Port supporters alike. This group have developed friendships that will last forever, and they will play together for many years to come. They are funny, witty, chatty, talented and most importantly, good mates. Special thanks to Liz for being our Manager / Bench-Mum and Mike Feeney for doing a great job umpiring all year. Wal Lehman & Chris Garner

Under 11 Mixed Although we started the season with many players new to the sport, throughout the year the under 11's improved on their individual abilities and grew into a strong side, not to be underestimated. The team won a few games but even after a loss it was great to see them all laughing after illustrating their solidarity and strength of characters. It was a fun season and there is still a great deal of potential in the group that we will see more of in the years to come. Many thanks for the continuous parent support and Ryan Johnstone for umpiring every week.

Under 9 Mixed We’d just like to say what a pleasure it is to be involved with such a great bunch of children and an equally great bunch of parents. Under 9’s don’t play for a flag; it’s about participation, making new friends, learning the skills and a sense of belonging. I think many of the children who have been involved with this team for more than 1 season really feel that they have gained all of those things in recent years. Under 9 Black along with Under 9 White really improved as the year went on and whilst sad that we are losing a number of players to Under 11’s, I know the children that are remaining in Under 9’s will build again on what they have learnt and continue to be as strong as we were this year. I’ve said it before, the Port Adelaide District Hockey club is a very family orientated club and our current numbers for Under 9’s are testament to that fact. We have received a lot of praise from parents this year due to their children having such a great time. I would like to thank Gary & Nicole Szkolik (our fellow Under 9 Coach & Manager) for all the effort they put in this year with our Junior Events & Fundraisers. See you in 2012. Guy & Tammie Wightman

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