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2015

YEARBOOK

THIS IS OUR YEAR!

DRUMMOYNE POWER JUNIOR AFL CLUB 2015 SYDNEY CITY CLUB OF THE YEAR

TEAM REPORTS I PLAYER AWARDS I MILESTONES I PHOTO GALLERY I CLUB SONGS

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Drummoyne Power: This Is Our Year

By any benchmark, Drummoyne Power’s season has been an outstanding success. Five teams into the finals, three into grand finals and a premiership win – Under 17s Division 2. But it’s the tireless work behind the scenes, the commitment to fun, fitness and performance that earned Drummoyne Power the title of 2015 Sydney City Club of the Year. And the work for an even stronger 2016 has already begun. This yearbook recognises the work of players, parents, supporters, volunteers and sponsors.

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Drummoyne Power: This Is Our Year

CONTENTS 04 PRESIDENT’S REPORT 06 TREASURER’S REPORT 08 CANADA BAY CANNONS

REPORT

10 12 13 14 16

VOLUNTEERS’ REPORT STATISTICS AWARDS MILESTONES GRADUATING PLAYERS

TEAM REPORTS

18 20 24 28 30 32 34 36 38

UNDER 5s UNDER 6 SILVER/TEAL/BLACK UNDER 7 SILVER/TEAL/BLACK UNDER 8 BLACK UNDER 8 TEAL UNDER 8 SILVER UNDER 8 WHITE UNDER 9 TEAL UNDER 9 BLACK

40 UNDER 9 WHITE 42 UNDER 9 SILVER 44 UNDER 10 BLACK 46 UNDER 10 TEAL 48 UNDER 10 SILVER 50 UNDER 11 TEAL 52 UNDER 11 BLACK 54 UNDER 12 DIV 2 56 UNDER 13 DIV 3 58 UNDER 13 DIV 2 60 UNDER 14 DIV 3 62 UNDER 14 DIV 1 64 UNDER 14 YOUTH GIRLS 66 UNDER 18 YOUTH GIRLS 68 UNDER 17 70 72 76

UMPIRES’ REPORT PHOTO GALLERY CLUB SONGS

COVER: Drummoyne Power's triumphant co-captains Oliver Bourke and Billy Lambert lift the Under 17 Division 2 Premiership trophy after the September 6 grand final.

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2015

We’ve never stopped, though we’re top, top, top! DRUMMOYNE Power has had a wonderful year on and off the field, the highlight being the premiership by one of our senior teams, U17 Division 2, in a thrilling victory over Newtown Wests. We have fulfilled our commitment to fun, fitness and performance with the boys, girls, parents and active volunteers throughout the club, the sponsors and the Board. And our efforts were recognised with 2015 Sydney City Club of the Year award from the Sydney Junior AFL. But we don’t stop. The Drummoyne Power board has worked with parents to identify key focus areas for improvement to the club and we have planned for more success in 2016. The DPJAFL board including vicepresident Adrian Walton, Milan Serovich (Football Operations), Damon Jones (Managers’ Co-ordinator), Ally MacDonald (Secretary), Warren Hart (Treasurer), Simon Osborne (Registrar) and Jason Cosgriff (external board member) has been ably supported by many. Our key volunteers include Michelle

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Hauschild (Communications/Website and Child Protection Officer), Megan Chandra (Auskick Co-ordinator), Mamie McLean/ Leanne Hart/Nicole Chung on the canteen. But there are countless others. Thanks so much for all you have done for the club in 2015 and for the many other volunteers I have not mentioned by name. Our 420 players, 280-plus families, 29 teams, and more than 85 active club volunteers have made a massive contribution to the fun we have as an AFL club. We’ve contributed to AFL in the City and Sydney Harbour competitions, as Drummoyne Power (U5–11, U17, YG14 and YG18) and Canada Bay Cannons Club Alliance (U12 through U14 DP with Concord Giants). Our registration and team growth has continued with strong Auskick and Youth Girl numbers and continued retention across Junior (U9–U11) and Youth age groups. Our partnerships with Concord Giants in Youth ages has made great strides in 2015, and other relationships with

St Scholastica Glebe in YG18, and Willoughby Wildcats in YG14 has worked well to get girls playing AFL. We have a large contingent of players backing up as umpires with the strong encouragement of Umpire Ambassador, Gavin Nelson. Finally, Swans and GWS experiences, including the NAB Cup match at Drummoyne Oval in March 2015, have been a great opportunity for young and old alike to enjoy AFL on the big stage as spectators and half-time participants. Developing fitness options has been an ongoing challenge for the club. We have invested in Level 1 coach training through the AFL and additional equipment and we are supported with green space by Canada Bay Council. Quite a number of teams have initiated pre-season training, and coaches have built more fitness elements to their work throughout the season. We have plenty of room to improve fitness for our kids in 2016 and beyond. We are very proud of the performance of all our teams but especially five teams


Clockwise from right: Drummoyne Power Treasurer Warren Hart and President Jeremy Stanwix with the ‘City Club of the Year’ Trophy; Drummoyne Oval; Sydney Swans vs Fremantle NAB Challenge match at Drummoyne Oval; Drummoyne Power’s Matilda Friend is congratulated by Sydney Swan Kieran Jack on her award for Sydney City Junior Best and Fairest U18YG; Sydney Swans vs Fremantle NAB Challenge match, Drummoyne Oval.

that made it to finals in 2015: Under 9 Teal, Canada Bay Cannons 13/2 and U14/1, Drummoyne Power U17/2 and YG18. The latter three made it through to grand finals on Sunday 6 September, with our U17/2 team taking home the trophy, and our U14/1 and YG18s showing courage and sportsmanship in defeat. In addition, we had strong showing in Youth Sydney AFL Best and Fairest including Matilda Friend (YG18 B&F), Jack Mason second B&F and Billy Lambert third B&F (U17/2), James Loughnan runner-up B&F (U14/1) and Thomas Queenan, who won the Silver Whistle award for City Umpiring. Drummoyne is well represented at the Swans Academy and with some representation at Greater Western Sydney for players living in their zone.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2016 PLANNING for 2016 has already begun with parent feedback and planning session in early August. Improvements to our key commitments of fun, fitness and performance, include: Locking in a five-year licence agreement for Drummoyne Oval, in addition to our existing Five Dock Park agreement; Strong retention of players and “mate gets mate” recruitment of new players; Support and mentoring of coaches, including AFL and club funded support mechanisms; Refresh of 150 player jerseys and provision of new training equipment, and improved storage at Five Dock Park and Drummoyne; Early engagement of parents with social functions and AFL experiences in addition

to player fun and game attendance; Robust leadership and governance including our Board, and contribution to development of Canada Bay Cannons Club Alliance, and pathways to senior men and women’s AFL in the region. We thank everyone for their contribution to a great year for the club in 2015. Providing great opportunities for players, parents, volunteers and sponsors has been core for all of us, but we can always do more for our kids and families in 2016 and for many years to come. Jeremy Stanwix President, Drummoyne Power JAFL

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TREASURER’S REPORT 2015

Building for the future CLUB SPONSORSHIP THE board has worked hard to not only retain business support but to bring into the Power family new sponsors that can underpin this important revenue stream in the long-term. Sponsorship enables us to maintain uniforms, playing equipment and support facilities for ground management and canteen. These are the types of things that have contributed to the club once again being Sydney City Club of the Year. Game day recognition of sponsors on the scoreboard, through our social media presence and through sponsor days enable strong interaction between club members and sponsors. We implore everyone in the club to support the club sponsors as they support you. And we also thank the many volunteers who made sure our sponsors had their names displayed at the grounds by setting

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up and taking down the sponsor banners each game day. CANTEEN The canteen continues to be an outstanding contributor to the club’s revenue. Margins have been strong and innovative product introductions have ensured strong sales with little waste. Thank you to Mamie McLean (recently honoured with Life Membership of DPJAFL) and Leanne Hart and the support volunteers who assisted with canteen and barbecue duties during the year. REGISTRATION FEES This season, Drummoyne Power had more than 400 players registered. Due to the strong financial position of the club we were once again able to keep registration fees at the same level as last year, something we are also able to do for the 2016 season. More than 95 per cent of all payments

are now being made by credit card and online methods. This gives greater control and efficiencies in collecting registration fees. VOLUNTEERS Drummoyne Power has enjoyed another great year of support and contribution from the community and volunteers. The club appreciates the continued support it receives each week from parents and supporters who put their hands up to help out each week. Whether it be on the canteen, helping out on the ground set-up and management, supervising children during Auskick, or contributing to the board, their time and effort is invaluable. Thank you!


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INS AND OUTS Major Revenue Items in 2015 include: Registration Fees Sponsorship Canteen Merchandise sales Grants Major expenditure items in 2015 include: Auskick packs/AFL affiliation fees New footballs and training equipment Jumpers, shorts and socks Merchandise purchases Umpires fees and field/game day expenses for Drummoyne Oval, Taplin Park, Five Dock Park, Glover St Team-related expenses such as meetings, finals, coaches’ courses, representative player fees Presentation day – trophies, running costs BOTTOM LINE (THE LAST WORD) Drummoyne Power is a great community-based Junior Football club that continues to develop and improve each year. Through the dedicated input of the board, volunteers, sponsors, parents and players Drummoyne will continue to improve and be a benchmark club in the community. I am confident the club’s cash reserves provide future boards with a sound fiscal base on which to build and move forward. Thank you to all contributors in 2015, it has been a great year for the club and we look forward to your continued support in 2016. Warren Hart Treasurer, Drummoyne Power JAFLC

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CANADA BAY CANNONS CLUB ALLIANCE BOARD REPORT 2015

Something to play for THE Canada Bay Cannons Club alliance has given the Under 12 to 14 year playing groups greater options for participation and performance in 2015. In the third year of the Drummoyne Power and Concord Giants partnership we have made great strides in: Team performance, including one semi-final team (U13/2), and the first Grand Final appearance by a Cannons team – our U14/1s Stronger parent engagement and active volunteerism; and Above benchmark participation rates from Under 12s to Under 14s from both partner clubs. Our goals from the outset have focused on performance and participation options. The alliance sought a club playing

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culture that includes strong leadership, discipline, endurance and physicality with clean and decisive skills. The Cannons delivered on that. We are proud of the performance of all our five teams but especially the two teams that have made it to the 2015 finals in 2015, the Under 13/2s and Under 14/1s. And we must acknowledge Under 14/1s’ James Loughnan who was named Best and Fairest runner-up in the Sydney Harbour Awards. The Under 12s had a hard-fought 2015 so we are ensuring we have two Under 13 teams next season with an emphasis on true-age team play. It is likely that Under 14s will have one team in 2016, while we aim to recruit well to field two Under 15 teams, and position ourselves for elite and participation options in Under 17s.

PARENT ENGAGEMENT In driving sustainable parent engagement, the contributions of Vicky Caulfield (Events, Parent Engagement/Canteen), Michelle Hauschild (Communications/ Website) and Mamie McLean and Leanne Hart (Canteen) have made a massive difference in 2015. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of the Canada Bay Cannons board members including Andrew Baxter (Concord Giants President), Dean Lee (CG representative), Adrian Walton (Drummoyne Power Vice-President) and Jeremy Stanwix (DP President) who have maintained the momentum of the club alliance. PERFORMANCE The Cannons’ drive in fitness and training reaped considerable gains in 2015.


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We’ve invested in Level 1 coaching training through the AFL, additional training equipment, improvements to Five Dock Park lighting and green space access through Canada Bay Council. Strong emphasis on pre-season training and coaching capability have created more fitness elements throughout the season. But we have room to improve the fitness of our players in 2016. This will include additional training, late season access and wet weather options. We will leverage additional arrangements from AFL NSW/ACT next season. PARTICIPATION We strongly believe the Club Alliance is important for both the Concord Giants and the Drummoyne Power players going forward. As such, an Operational Committee is being established and will have operational control of the alliance’s function in 2016 and beyond. We will address recruitment and sustainable team sizes; expand the arrangement to include Under 15 and Under 17 next season; and expand the role of Operational Committee with overseeing CBC Board.

THE YEAR AHEAD Planning for 2016 has begun with strategy sessions in July and August and the establishment of the Operations Committee to support the Club Alliance Board. Improvements include: Locking in a five-year licence agreement for Drummoyne Oval, in addition to our existing Five Dock Park agreements through Drummoyne Power JAFL and Queen Elizabeth/Goddard Oval access through the Concord Giants; Support and mentoring of coaches, including AFL and club-funded support mechanisms and an active Expression of Interest (EOI) process for Coaches/ Managers and Operations Committee; Improved transition of 2015 Under 11 players to Under 12 Canada Bay Cannons players in 2016 through appointment of Mike Andrews as the Under 12 Age Co-ordinator; Strong retention of players, “mate gets mate” recruitment of new players and potential partnership with local clubs with older age players and senior pathways; Early engagement of parents with social functions and AFL experiences in addition to player fun and game attendance; Robust leadership and governance including our board and operations committee with strong emphasis on training and game day execution. THANK YOU We thank everyone for their contribution to a great year for the club in 2015. Providing great opportunities for players, parents, volunteers and sponsors has been at the core for all of us. And ensuring sustainable growth and strong performance in Canada Bay Cannons Club Alliance is critical for 2016, 2017 and beyond.

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VOLUNTEERS REPORT 2015

Hand it to the people who lend a hand A COMMUNITY organisation – no matter what it does or who it serves – is only as strong as the band of volunteers it has working for it behind the scenes. Drummoyne Power Junior AFL Club is so strong because it is run by a hardworking and dedicated team of volunteers. No one does it for the thanks but all must know the club is indebted for their assistance again in 2015. Volunteers came from all quarters and thanks go to each and every one for helping making ours the City Club of the Year in Sydney AFL for the second year running. But the club would like to give special mention to: Coaches: Without the 29 coaches and more than 20 assistants we do not play. Managers: Without the 29 managers we do not know where to play. Runners: Without whom we cannot always get the messages out to the players.

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Ground set-up volunteers: No goal posts no game, it takes 40 posts, 80 cones, two marquees, two barbecues and numerous sponsors’ banners to have Drummoyne Oval primed for home game day. Canteen co-ordinators: Without them there is no post game food or no coffee van. Parents: Who volunteer in the canteen. How else do we get bacon and egg rolls at 8am? Then we have the club roles: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Managers Manager, all of these roles are volunteer – done for the love of it – and each requires at an enormous amount of time and energy. Other club positions: Auskick Co-ordinator, Communications Manager, Sponsorship Co-ordination, Submissions Co-ordination and Writing, Events

Co-ordination … all of the people behind these positions earn our applause and admiration. For all the work that everyone does, our children playing football are the great beneficiaries. The club has officially recognised its outstanding volunteers in 2015: Megan Chandra who has won the club woman of the year Milan Serovich who has won the club man of the year Clint Hawthorne for GWS club-person of the year So what of 2016 and beyond? Here are some broad plans for the Drummoyne Power Junior Football Club. We have always enjoyed the support of a dedicated and hard working group of volunteers. However, we often see a large load being shared across too few.


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The board has a strategy regarding volunteering and what we require to continue as a highly successful club. As a part of a renewed push we would like to see all families contribute to the running of our great club. We all know that many hands make light work and whilst we recognise the strain of a busy work and social life, especially around kids sport on weekends we would like every family to put their hand up for one or more of the following roles: CLUB ROLES Committee Running of the Canteen – Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday

afternoon and Sunday. This role is split over the different times. Canteen Helpers – ordering, pickup Ground Management Ground setup and closure Training day setup and pack up. Merchandise and gear management

If you believe you are in a position to pitch in a little than you did in 2015, then please contact the club.

TEAM ROLES (Beyond the normal oranges, canteen and goal umpire duties) Coaching Managing Assisting at training sessions Ground management on Saturday and Sunday Ground setup (mornings) and pack up (afternoons)

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We’re a talent magnet THE Drummoyne Junior Football Club remains a key destination for talent, yearend statistics have revealed. Club officials are pleased with player registration numbers despite a slight dip on the 2014 result. This year was another terrific season with 393 registered Drummoyne Power players and another 31 on permit from Concord playing as the Canada Bay Cannons. The club was left to ponder the impact of the Sydney Swans’ 2014 grand final performance on registrations. When the Bloods won the premiership in 2012, Drummoyne enjoyed a strong surge in interest. It was very pleasing to see the number of new players attracted to the club was still strong in 2015. The Power is very proud of its 27 Youth

Girls in the Under 14s and Under 18s divisions and the 41 girls across all ages enjoying their footy at Drummoyne. New player registrations were a little down in 2015. But as club officials reflect on a good year when teams had on-field success, they look forward to building again in 2016. Existing players are encouraged to bring along some mates to try their hand at AFL – either as an alternative or as a complement to other footy codes. Most of the Drummoyne Football Club’s recruitment occurs through local schools. Parents who feel they can spread the message to their school about playing junior AFL in the new year, should contact the club.

CLUB STATISTICS

GROWTH IN PLAYER REGISTRATIONS

393

NEW REGISTRATIONS THIS YEAR WHO’S SIGNING UP

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NEW PLAYERS COME ABOARD


2015 BEST OF THE BEST Best and Fairest UNDER 9 WHITE Harry Serovich

UNDER 10 BLACK Cooper Husken

UNDER 9 TEAL Joseph Harkin

UNDER 10 SILVER Ben Champion Lachlan Carmichael

UNDER 9 BLACK Denver Pelly UNDER 9 SILVER Xabi Marnell UNDER 10 TEAL Ethan Carger

UNDER 11 BLACK Paddy Mulvey UNDER 11 TEAL Archie Gillies

UNDER 12 DIV 2 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Louis Pribula

UNDER 14 DIV 1 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Tom Baxter

UNDER 13 DIV 2 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Joel Ditcham

UNDER 14 DIV 3 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Jordan Hill

UNDER 13 DIV 3 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Jordan Mastrogiannis

YOUTH GIRLS U14 – DRUMMOYNE/WILLOUGHBY Jessica McKee

UNDER 17 Billy Lambert YOUTH GIRLS U18 Chloe Arndt

Runner Up Best and Fairest UNDER 9 WHITE Oscar Davies

UNDER 10 TEAL Benjamin Innes

UNDER 9 TEAL Oliver Heinjus

UNDER 10 BLACK Fraser Salmon

UNDER 9 BLACK Lochlan Demark

UNDER 11 BLACK Thea Gallen Will Halliday

UNDER 9 SILVER Jacob Digiglio

UNDER 11 TEAL Daniel Milburn Thomas Vercoe

UNDER 13 DIV 3 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Riley Nelson

YOUTH GIRLS U14 – DRUMMOYNE/WILLOUGHBY Samantha Kotsakis

UNDER 12 DIV 2 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Gabriella Stanwix

UNDER 14 DIV 1 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Jimmy Loughnan

UNDER 17 Ben Vozzo

UNDER 13 DIV 2 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Joshua Lee

UNDER 14 DIV 3 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Zac Dennis

UNDER 13 DIV 3 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Sebastian Robitschko

YOUTH GIRLS U14 – DRUMMOYNE/WILLOUGHBY Elysia Cook

UNDER 14 DIV 1 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Benjamin Wrigley

UNDER 17 Darby Durack

YOUTH GIRLS U18 Matilda Friend

Coaches’ Awards UNDER 9 WHITE Toby Ryan

UNDER 10 TEAL Zachary Nandlal

UNDER 11 TEAL Dominic Leonard

UNDER 9 TEAL Hugo van Hal

UNDER 10 BLACK Zac Izzard

UNDER 9 BLACK Russell Pedley

UNDER 10 SILVER Tom Campbell

UNDER 12 DIV 2 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Luca Mulcahy

UNDER 9 SILVER Fionn Redmond

UNDER 11 BLACK James Granger

UNDER 13 DIV 2 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Jack Hauschild

UNDER 14 DIV 3 – CANADA BAY CANNONS Tom Keogh

YOUTH GIRLS U18 Elizabeth Barnes

SYDNEY CITY JUNIOR AFL AWARDS 2015 DRUMMOYNE POWER MATILDA FRIEND JACK MASON -

Sydney City Club of the Year

Best & Fairest U18 Youth Girls

Runner Up Best & Fairest U17 Div 2

BILLY LAMBERT -

3rd Best & Fairest U17 Div 2

JAMES LOUGHNAN (CANNONS) THOMAS QUEENAN -

Runner Up Best & Fairest U14 Div 1

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POWER BY NUMBERS MILESTONE SUMMARY Achieved in 2015

200 GAMES 150 GAMES

Dylan Higgs Ben Vozzo Gabriella Stanwix Angus McNamara James Loughnan Joshua Paul Brendan Ford

100 50 GAMES

GAMES

Luke Lawrence Cameron McLean Zachary Dennis Tom Sanders Maxim Angelos Liam Loughrey Ely Corliss Benjamin Wrigley Ethan Jamieson Sebastian Vervoort Bodey Lambert Riley Nelson

Michael Tomarchio Jaden Fuata Damian Sullivan Patrick Van Der Wel Joshua Macdessi Lucas Blythe Holly Anderson Anton Demark Michael Robinson Louis Mosmann Samuel Evans Benjamin Innes Zayn Melhem Hayden Bui

Pictured: Drummoyne’s Dylan Higgs being chaired from the field being the first to achieve 200 games playing exclusively for the Power.

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DRUMMOYNE POWER HONOUR BOARDS *Denotes currently registered and playing in 2015 200+ GAMES Dixon, Raph: 228.5 Lewis, Gregory: 228 Parker, Mark: 204 Higgs, Dylan: 203* 150+ GAMES Walton, Luke: 195* Lee, Marshall: 188 Hall, Richard: 172 Enderby, James: 168 Garrick, Thomas: 165 Bertino, Nicholas: 160 Lewtas, Mason: 156 Mangal, Hamid: 155 Vozzo, Ben: 155* Stanwix, Gabriella: 155* McNamara, Angus: 153* Loughnan, James: 152* Clancy, Nathan: 151.5 Paul, Joshua: 151* Ford, Brendan: 150* 100+ GAMES Farrell, Jerome: 149.5 Considine, Todd: 146 Rankin, Angus: 144* Nelson, Xavier: 143 Sheridan, Matthew: 142* Douma, Matthew: 140 Bourke, Oliver: 138* Willis, Jordan: 136* O'Dea, Alex: 135 Lucas, Riley: 135* Garrick, Jonathon: 134 Phillips, Fraser: 133* Bertino, Adam: 131 Burgess, Lachlan: 131* Chan, Ka Yin: 131 Kerrison, Jacob: 131 Hart, Bryson: 130* O'Donoghue, Jack: 129 Willis, Ethan: 128 Vicic, Matthew: 128 Sansom, Jake: 128 Brookshaw, James: 127* Scott, Jack: 125 Durack, Darby: 123* Patton, Lewis: 123 Shouldice, Hugh: 121 Garrick, Nicholas: 120 McNamara, Lewis: 118* Chard, Tom: 117 Egan, Luke: 116 Foster, Izaac: 116 McLean, Lachlan: 116 Ferguson, Mitchell: 116 MacPhee, Paul: 116 Shirlaw, Ryan: 115* Lawrence, Luke: 115* Doyle, Tommy: 113* McLean, Cameron: 113*

Vozzo, Joel: 111 Rowe, Fletcher: 111 Brockway, Adam: 109 Dennis, Zachary: 109* Bowles, Damien: 109 Uyeda, Lachlan: 108 Sanders, Tom: 107* Angelos, Maxim: 107* Loughrey, Liam: 106* Ringer, Joseph: 106 Ford, Nicholas: 105 Corliss, Ely: 105* Wrigley, Benjamin: 105* Jamieson, Ethan: 105* Vervoort, Sebastian: 104* Vozzo, Jack: 104 Lambert, Bodey: 104* Cahill, Lachlan: 103 Lenton, Elijah: 102 Morrison, Liam: 102 Queenan, Thomas: 101 Nelson, Riley: 101* Durrant, Lindon: 101 MacDonald, Ewan: 101 Storan, Liam: 100 50+ GAMES Jenneke, Nicholas: 97 Tunstead, Ryan: 97 Anthony, Will: 95 Barrett, Tim: 95 Fernandes, Jarryd: 94 Connell, Thomas: 94* Barrett, Tom: 94 Ferreira, Gabby: 93* Barnsley, Jack: 91 Soames, Mitchell: 91 Sanders, Benjamin: 91 Beswick, Gabriel: 91* Dusevic, Joe: 89 Vicic, Zoe: 88 Kerr, Joshua: 88 Bruton, John: 88 Nelson, Ryan: 87 Anthony, Michael: 86 Grant, William: 86 Gallen, Luke: 86* Hamilton, Joshua: 86* Barnett, Jeremy: 85 McCann, Edward: 85 Cox, Bailey: 84 Durrant, Cameron: 84 Patton, Rhys: 83 Lambropoulos, Michael: 83 Hauschild, Jack: 83* Loughnan, Jack: 82 Wrigley, Nathan: 82* MacDonald, Finlay: 82* Henderson, Alexander: 81 Robertson, Alex: 80 Stevanovic, Ben: 80

Campbell, Alexander: 80 Laz, Matthew: 79 McKee, Blaise: 79* Thomsett, Jack: 78 Ditcham, Joel: 77* Gallen, Thea: 77* Blundell, Briar: 76 Tilyard, Daniel: 74 Johnson, Lachlan: 74 Lavery, Calum: 74 MacDonald, Alistair: 74 Cook, Benjamin: 74* Wilson, Alistair: 73 Heine, William: 73 Kemp-Rumens, Oliver: 72 Dunne, Jake: 72 Hore-Thorburn, Brendan: 72 Sabine, Nicholas: 72* Newport, Zachariah: 72* Lambert, Bailey: 71* Barkley, Samuel: 71 Kenzler, Timothy: 71 Ford, Edward: 71* Rowe, Liam: 71 Ringer, Kristian: 70 Papapetros, William: 69 Ringer, Phillip: 69 Thompson, Joshua: 69 Barkley, Rory: 68 Hassett, Michael: 68 Searle, Cooper: 68 Davies, Alistair: 68* Williams, Benjamin: 68 Edwards, Tomas: 67 Gorman, William: 67* Matheson, Callum: 67 Doyle, Brendan: 66 Morrison, Maxwell: 66 Hawthorne, Jesse: 66* Strater, Scott: 66 Lambert, Billy: 65* McCauley, Gabriel: 65 Jenkins, Brendan: 65 Anderson, Lachlan: 64 Crocker, Edward: 64 Shepherd, Matthew: 64 McConville, Charlie: 64* Hansford, Harrison: 64* Bursill, Jackson: 64* Partridge, Alex: 64* Bateson, Billy: 63 Cain, Henry: 63 Perez, Tomas: 63 Tomarchio, Michael: 63* Bowden, Lloyd: 63 Comtesse, Sean: 62.5 Carter, Angus: 62 Griffith, Cameron: 61 Hine, Lachlan: 61 Kirkby, Jack: 60 Fish, Justin: 60

Maylon, Nicholas: 59 Edwards, Jack: 59 McKee, Jessica: 59 Van Wachem, Jonah: 59 Sullivan, Damian: 59* Bull, Nicholas: 59 Chomley, Bernie: 59 Firmin, Joshua: 59 Chilton, Angus: 58 Van Der Wel, Patrick: 58* Macdessi, Joshua: 58* Blythe, Lucas: 58* Wilmot, Lachlan: 58 Anderson, Holly: 57* Nicholls, Callum: 57 Demark, Anton: 57* Mosmann, Louis: 56* Micallef, Aiden: 56 Kennedy, William: 56 Fish, Austin: 55 Walton, Biancia: 55 Adgemis, Nicholas: 55 Bourke, Darcy: 55 Barrett, Jack: 55 Dowd, Lachlan: 54 Cividin, Sam: 54 Layoun, Brandon: 54 Gardner, Luke: 54 Barnett, Daniel: 54 Cooper, James: 54 Hogg, Gilbert: 54 Everitt, Rory: 54 Nelson, Nick: 53.5 Gibbs, Charlie: 53 Ferreira, Sean: 53 Fotea, Sebastian: 53 Edwards, Anton: 53 Gray, Taylor: 53 Soper, Liam: 53 Pellegrino, James: 53 Papapetros, Christopher: 53 Evans, Samuel: 53* Innes, Benjamin: 53* Williamson, Selina: 52 Jorgensen, Nicholas: 52 Robinson, Brent: 52 Gibbs, Jack: 52 Melhem, Zayn: 52* Benson, Elliott: 52 Bui, Hayden: 52* Robinson, Louis: 52 Bailey, James: 51 Ryan, Jared: 51 Bennetts, Lachlan: 51 Harmer, Alexander: 51 Brundle, Liam: 50 Newton, Ned: 50 Chinnappa, Meera: 50 Welsh, Jake: 50 Ole, Angus: 50 King, Pandu: 50 15


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FAREWELL: THE CLASS OF 2015

Senior footy is calling Each season, several members of Drummoyne Power senior youth teams reach an age where they play their last game in the Power colours and have an opportunity to continue playing footy at a senior club. We say farewell to the Class of 2015 along with 1,013 games of experience and wish them well in their future footy careers and, indeed, any other endeavours they may take on. Authors: Under 17 Boys – Peter Higgs; Under 18 Youth Girls – Jeremy Stanwix

UNDER 18 YOUTH GIRLS DJANALA SVAGELLI

EBONY CARBERRY

DJ has made a massive contribution to the backline for YG18 in her first season. We hope she continues with her AFL, and shows her colours in senior women’s AFL while completing her Year 12 studies. Played well in the 2015 Grand Final side.

Ebony has played for the past three seasons with great effect. She is one of the stalwarts of the Power team and we hope she continues with her pathway to senior women’s footy.

UNDER 17 BOYS TOMMY DOYLE

which sees a loose man in defence as an attacking method, Tommy A stalwart of the club, Tommy began has been outstanding in this role playing at Drummoyne Power in with his ability to read the play and 2007. He has played 115 games his speed making him a real asset. in Power colours and has given his Tommy is the only member of the all when available while filling his squad who has ever missed Rugby League commitments. With a training session due to his the change in coaching strategy St Kilda academy commitments.

He was a key member of the undefeated 2013 premiership side and the assistant coaches have named him the inspirational leader of the 2015 premiership winning team.

OLIVER “OLLIE” BOURKE

early career but has turned into a strong and determined player who Current co-captain of the U17s, leads by example with his on-field Ollie has been part of the leadership toughness. His skills have been group of the senior youth teams used by the coaching staff in several over the past few seasons. He has positions usually across halfback played 140 games in his career but he does go into the midfield on which started in 2005. Ollie occasions and even lends a hand started as a quiet young lad in his in the ruck if required. Ollie has

played representative football at the senior youth level and was a key contributor to the all-conquering, undefeated U16 premiership winning team in 2013 and this year’s U17 premiership team. He took up AFL umpiring a few years ago – another indication of his passion for the game.

HARRISON “H” HANSFORD

of being in the right place across the midfield. A member of the 2013 undefeated team but unfortunately missed the Grand Final with injury (wrist: 1 of 4). Part of this year’s Grand Final-winning side.

H has played 66 games for Drummoyne since signing on in 2010. Although small in stature when he first commenced he has always shown the ability to get the ball and his disposal skills have 16

improved dramatically. Used on the wing and half forward line he can also help out in the midfield and has been asked to play a run with role in the last few seasons with a high success rate. Another to have taken up umpiring and it appears this has added to his reading of the play as he has the uncanny knack

Runner up B & F 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014


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DYLAN “DT” HIGGS

the back line together for the past four or five seasons with the Been around the club forever occasional switch to the other end (2003) and achieved the 200-game to slot a goal or two as required. milestone on his last ever appearance Rarely beaten in a one on one contest at Drummoyne Oval, which the boys and is the general down back where topped off with a win. Started off as his experience and game smarts a midfielder with a great endurance provide direction for his teammates. tank until some leg issues curtailed Does not get on the end of too much that as a career path. He has held running play but the “Gazelle” is

BILLY LAMBERT The Power were in luck when new recruit Billy joined us from Queensland in 2011 and his family pedigree started to show early on. Having said that Bill has continued to improve every year and this year would be

PATRICK SABINE Starting his career in 2010, Pat was a taller than usual lad, which the Power desperately needed at that time. He has gone on to play 48 games and has battled several

TOM SANDERS Tom joined Drummoyne in 2007 and immediately had an impact around the club with his passion and commitment to the game. He has been plagued by injury throughout his career but the “Man of Glass” has still reached

SEBASTIAN “SEB” VERVOORT Seb signed on as an Auskicker in 2006 and has gone on to represent the Power on 106 occasions in which time he started as a solid

BEN VOZZO Ben is part of a strong and committed Drummoyne Power family and has been involved from Auskick level in 2006 and has amassed 157 games in the club colours. Ben has kept improving throughout his footy career and has played at a representative

super reliable. Another member of the 2013 undefeated team but unfortunately missed the Grand Final with injury, but was BOG among the water carriers. DT ends his career with 205 games. Member of the 2015 premiership team. B & F 2007 (U10s); Coach’s Award 2014

close to his finest which is saying something as he was the league B&F in 2013 during an undefeated premiership season. Bill has played 67 games for Drummoyne as well as representative footy and is a member of the Giants Academy. He has been used a top up player for the Giants at NEAFL level this

year and also for Balmain Tigers’ senior team. His is a real footy “head” and a hard at it midfielder and we hope he achieves all his goals in footy. Co-captain of the 2015 premiership team.

injuries throughout his junior career. Is a reliable player in all positions that the coaches ask of him mainly across half forward as a lead up marking option where he works hard at creating a contest. Pat showed some really good footy

smarts at the business end of the season getting in good positions around the ground to help out the midfielders. A senior umpire. Member of the 2015 premiership team.

the century of games milestone and finishes with 109 games for Drummoyne. A tall key position player who rotates between centre halfback and centre half forward, Tom has had some really fine moments in the game including an unforgettable effort at Olds Park where he was selected to play

in the ruck and dominated the contest all over the ground. Of course he suffered an injury but made it back for the 2015 finals series. A member of the 2013 undefeated team but unfortunately missed the Grand Final with leg injury. Part of the 2015 Grand Final team.

defender playing deep in the back line. Over more recent seasons he has been used exclusively up forward at the third tall option where he has always provided a contest and has been known to bang through a long goal. His

desire and passion for the game is unquestionable and was a member of the undefeated 2013 premiership side and 2015 premiership side.

level on several occasions. Ben was traditionally a halfback flanker who could move onto the wing or into the midfield as required where he would often go for the specky. 2015 has seen Ben take over the mantle of number one ruckman and he has been a dominant force throughout the season giving our midfielders first use of the ball

as well as marking anything that comes his way. His position play has been exactly what the coaches have asked of him. He was a key member of the undefeated 2013 premiership side playing on a wing. 2015 premiership player.

B & F 2013, 2014 and 2015; B & F Runner up 2012

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Under 5s have fun, make friends, learn the game WHAT an absolute pleasure it has been to coach the U5s. While the team may be the youngest in the club, there is certainly no lack of Power enthusiasm and competitiveness. Our goals for the year were quite simple: 1. Have fun! 2. Make new friends, and 3. Learn and slowly improve the basic skills of AFL. I can say without hesitation we achieved all three aims and the improvement shown by the group over the year was amazing. Every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning (when the rain stayed away), our group was ready to play with smiles on their faces and an eagerness to learn and improve. The banner runs at Drummoyne Oval were particularly popular – almost as popular as the snakes after the game. It didn’t take long to learn the word to the Power song and we sung it with great gusto each week! We were lucky to have a great group 18

of kids and amazing parents who made every game a lot of fun. A huge thank you to assistant coach Trent Moore, team manager Daniel Brandon, our parents and Auskick Co-ordinator Megan Chandra. Alexander Moore: A feisty and very competitive player. Alex is full of energy and loves running around and chasing the ball. As his skills improve he is sure to develop into a great player. Jack Cameron: Started the year in great form but we didn’t see much of him after the first few rounds. With his

brothers and dad no doubt kicking the footy with him as often as they can, Jack is sure to be a great player of the future. Finlay Kitching: Without doubt one of the keenest and most coachable players in the team. Finlay is a great listener and always tries really hard to learn. He goes in hard and always chases the ball. Zachary Casey: Zac attended nearly every training session and every game. He improved a huge amount across the year and is a very popular member of the team.

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Mac Seebeck: Mac really loves his footy and is always itching to play every weekend. His big kicks were a feature from both the backline and forward line. Sachin Sandraj: Sachin showed some great signs during the year and was a very enthusiastic member of team. I really hope he plays again next year. Jack Brandon: A tall player who took the lead on the team song every week and made sure it was sung with true Power spirit. Jack has loads of potential and is sure to become a very good player. Leo Langman: One of the most natural players in the team. Leo always finds the ball and his skills keep getting better. He chases the ball hard. His potential is enormous.

Nicholas Carman: A huge West Coast Eagles fan, always wears his club colours to training. A natural player who showed a huge amount of talent especially up forward where he kicked lots of goals. Kingston Brown: Kingston showed amazing courage early in the year when he was hit hard in the face by the ball but kept on playing. A great competitor with big things ahead. Thaine Loney: Geelong fan, always wears his Cats jumper to training. He loves to kick goals and play up forward. I’m sure he will develop into a very good player. Ashton Drury: What a joy it has been to coach Aston. He always seems to love training and playing and never takes the

smile off his face. I really hope Ashton keeps playing AFL. Harry Monch: Harry led the way with his great marking and kicking. His skills are among the best in the team. Loves wearing his favourite Swannies jumper whenever he can. Reuben MacLaine: A convert from soccer who has really taken to AFL. Reuben is very keen to improve and chases the ball really hard. I’m sure he will keep getting better and better. Runjeet Khara: Runjeet was also really keen to learn and improve in the games that he played. I do hope he enjoyed the experience and keeps on playing next year.

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Friendship, fun and football! FOR our mighty U6s – some returning from U5 for their second year of Aussie Rules and a brand new cohort plunging into AFL for the first time – it didn’t seem to matter whether they were Black, Teal or Silver… as long as they had a footy in their hands! Starting off with two teams, the ranks swelled and three teams were formed, with some movement between teams. A huge thanks to parents and kids for ‘going with the flow’ and stepping into team roles when needed. Our three senior coaches – Mark Gunning (Black), Adam Ritchie (Silver) and Matthew Bruce (Teal) provide their summaries of the 2015 Season. U6 BLACK THE Under 6 Black team played footy that was fun and full of running this year. Each member turned up full of energy, and they were all such a pleasure to coach. Thank you to the children for their enthusiasm, and to the parents who came to the games, and attended training to help out with the training drills and organisation of the kids. Now to the champions of the team! Austen Pelly: A wonderful player in the making. He has developed in all his skills this year, and always had a positive attitude. He has a lot of pace and courage, and was always playing for the team. Thomas Colreavy: Thomas played with spirit and passion this year. The way Thomas ran, kicked and chased was

reminiscent of those old style players who ran all day and never gave up. Thomas was a major asset in the team, and never gave the opposition an inch. Evie Millar: By the end of the season, Evie was in the thick of it, taking shots at goal, chasing the ball, and getting really involved in games. Evie was such a pleasure to coach. The more Evie touched the ball, the more her confidence grew. This rookie is due for a big year next year! Austin Dunne: Words cannot describe how well Austin played this year. A very valuable member of the team, who always linked up well with his teammates, and showed all of his kicking and marking skills in every game he played. Austin showed true grit, and we are very proud of him. Ted Batterham: Ted played with spirit and enthusiasm. His kicking skills have gone to another level, and his involvement in the game was marvellous. As the season went on, Ted’s confidence grew. A real contributor to the team. Alexander Gunning: With ball in hand, Alexander was unstoppable. He knew where the goalposts were, and headed straight for them every time. Like all of his teammates, Alexander was a pleasure to watch and coach, and can only get better as he approaches his second year of footy next year. Akira Howard: Akira was an out and out champion. He worked well with his


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“FOOTBALL ASIDE, IT WAS GREAT TO SEE THE BOYS FORMING FRIENDSHIPS, GROWING IN CONFIDENCE AND MOST OF ALL HAVING A LOT OF FUN.”

teammates, and by the end of the year showed exceptional skills in kicking, passing and marking. The team was lucky to have such a wonderful player! Sophia Liney: Sophia came along in leaps and bounds. The unforgettable moment came in the Gala Day, when Sophia even surprised herself (I think) by the quality of her kicks. Or perhaps she knew all along what she was capable of! Such great progress this year. She clearly had lots of fun playing footy. Hugo Young: What a great young fellow is Hugo. He tried hard and never gave up. Hugo epitomised the spirit and the nature of Under 6 Black. He is learning about the game, and big things are expected of Hugo next year. By the last few games, his kicking improved out of sight. Koji Howard: A valuable signing during

the season. Mr Entertainment. Never shy of grabbing the ball, Koji took on the bigger players with ease. Fear is not a word he understands, and may that quality stay with him because Koji is one to watch. Koji’s kicks, for such a small fellow, are something to behold. Well that’s it. The Under 6 Black team played 2015 with a fighting spirit. And they always played with a sense of fun. Congratulations on such a wonderful season. It was a privilege and a pleasure to coach them, and it is a winter that I will never forget! U6 SILVER U6 Silver was formed several rounds into the season and quickly gelled into a tight unit. A mix of new and returning players what was immediately obvious was a

focus and attitude to develop their skills and compete hard. We had a fantastic year and the improvement brought on by hard work was noticeable to all. Football aside, it was great to see the boys forming friendships, growing in confidence and most of all having a lot of fun. Towards the end of the season we saw some fantastic team performances, highlights of which were cracking games against Maroubra and Eastern Suburbs. Coaches from both clubs mentioned how hard our boys competed and played as a team. Special thanks to Julie for a mountain of help during the year, and also my fellow coaches Nathan, Matt and Mark. And obviously a special thank you to a fantastic group of kids. Bring on 2016! Continues page 22

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Zachary Cohen: The best kick in the team, which was used with great effect shooting on goal or clearing from defence. One of our younger players but constantly vocally encouraging teammates and a great willingness to attack the ball. Always positions himself to be in the game. Charlie Halliday: Another returning for his second year and in my view our most improved player. It is obvious Charlie puts in a lot of extra work away from training developing his skills. Technically a fantastic kick and rarely misses from the set shot. Formed a great combination with the Oscars. Oscar Halliday: Small in stature, huge in heart. Little O’s skills quickly developed as the season went on. Like big brother he has a wonderful kick and is never intimidated by larger opposition. Always focused at training and keen to develop his skills. Arnaud Lea: Great team player and an integral part of the squad. Like several teammates Arnaud is often put up against much bigger opposition and was never overawed. Steady improvement throughout the year culminating in some great performances on Gala Day. Robert McEwan: What courage! Always a keen player he really learned to scoop the ball up and play on. A fan of the

short play, he was a great interceptor and has really taken to hand-balling like a pro. We look forward to seeing you back in the pack next year. Fergus Cowe: Fergus’ willingness and cheeky grin were an asset. His eagerness saw him quickly pick up the essentials of the game. A great team player. Some great kicks and handballs in there! Oscar Ritchie: Returning for his second season and saw a steady improvement during the season. A consistent team performer with a solid pass and handball. Jake Schwabrow: A quiet achiever who grew in confidence as the season progressed. Solid in all positions though most effective in defence where he positioned himself to stop more than a few goals. Formed a very effective partnership with Edward. Zachary Slade: Probably our best defender, always applying relentless pressure on the opposition attack. Never gave an inch and continually seemed to find himself in the thick of the action. Always put 100 per cent into whatever he did on the field. Edward Smith: Week in, week out our best player. A tireless performer with an ability to accurately read the game and position himself well. Another great team player always looking to offload to teammates.


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U6 TEAL IT was great year for the boys. The second year players improved significantly, and the new players fitted in perfectly with their enthusiasm and skill. Nothing makes you prouder as a coach to have the team come in from the break between thirds with their faces bright

Leif Ingwersen: The season’s big improver! Extremely enthusiastic and relentless in trying to get the ball. His signature play was to run from the back and link up with teammates on the wing. Very tough, and very brave. Leif enjoys filling in for the opposition more than he should!

“…THEIR FIRST INSTINCT WAS TO GET THE BALL TO A TEAMMATE TO ENSURE THAT THEY GOT A TOUCH AS WELL.” red and puffing from all the effort, and that happened most weeks. It was great to see them develop as a team. This was particularly evident as their first instinct was to get the ball to a teammate to ensure that they got a touch as well. I feel fortunate to have been the coach of a such a great group of players. I hope to see everyone back next year to continue the improvement. I would also like to thank all of the parents for their support, without that the boys wouldn’t have shown the dedication and enthusiasm that caused them to grow into very strong team, and more importantly, a great group of mates. The team varies but the core players were:

Xavier Maclaine: A coach’s dream. Give him an instruction and he goes back into the game with 100 per cent enthusiasm and carries out his role perfectly. He enjoyed tagging opponents a little too much! The highlight was in the derby vs Black at Gala Day were he did an amazing job on the dangerous Oscar Ritchie. Hugh Chandler: Another big improver! In his first year of footy, he was a ball magnet, and loved getting a kick. He and Leif were a formidable pairing. He practises hard, and as a result improved very quickly. I expect he’ll be a force to contend with next year. Jaxon Lewis: Big Jaxon! Loves kicking a goal, and when on fire could kick a

bag-full. The go-to man on the team song when the coach forgets the words. Once he realises he is the biggest player on the field, he will dominate. Great team man and provides the energy for the team. Flynn Stewart: An experienced campaigner. He partnered Freddie most of the time, and they worked together well. A full-forward in the Tony Lockett mould, he lives in the square and waits for the ball to come to him. He carried Plugger’s intensity to the training paddock as well. Loves a bit of the rough stuff. Rorey Power: Happiest player on the field. Rorey’s another big improver from last year, picking up the new skills. Loves to kick goals, and had a dayout in the Gala Day. Never missed a training session and showed a heap of enthusiasm and energy. One of the most prodigious handballers in the game, racking up record fantasy handball stats every week! Freddie Bruce: Showed a lot of skills and could always be relied upon to take a big mark in defence to get us out of trouble (often when he should have been playing in the forwards). A very hard trainer, and the results show it. Very loyal to the Power, often choosing to sit out in protest when required to play for the opposition to even up the teams. 23


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These kids just love to play footy THE registration numbers quickly grew for the U7s this season which pushed Drummoyne Power U7 Auskick to try to field three teams – which we did from time to time throughout the season. Teams formed and re-forming as needed. Fortunately, we had an agile group of footballers (and parents). The coaches: Eric Brown (Black), Mark Williams (Silver) and Matt Cavanough (Teal) reflect on their charges for Season 2015 and find there’s some real talent in their ranks. U7 BLACK WOW, what a fantastic season! U7 Black Coach Eric Brown said “as the coach I am very proud of all the boys, we improved both individually and as a team”. “All the boys learnt to sidestep the mark, run into space and look for a team-mate who was in space to deliver the ball to. We improved in defence and attack and I was particularly happy with how the lads learnt to clear the ball from the centre bounce. We have the backbone of a great playing group who I’m sure will continue to develop amazing friendships as we build year after year.” Oscar Pestonji: Has an amazing kick and is gifted with natural timing, great vision and ball awareness. I have never seen a six-year-old kick so far, now he just needs to convert it to a drop punt. He always looked for teammates in the space. Great season, Oscar. Riley Power: Riley has a great running game, he developed an unstoppable sidestep and scored many a goal as a result. His kicking on the run has improved throughout the season. Riley also showed excellent defensive skills and often thwarted opposition attacks.  Peter Jones: Really improved throughout the season. A standout in defence, he learnt to take a good mark and improved his delivery of the ball. As his confidence grew so did his involvement in the game. A pleasure to coach. Callum MacDonald: Callum’s enthusiasm is infectious and his hunger for the ball improved as the season progressed. The more he got involved, the better he

played. He contested some great marks and was good with ball in hand. Keep it up, Callum! Ashton Brown: A naturally talented player with excellent vision and ball awareness. He showed some great defensive abilities, took some spectacular overhead marks and, most importantly, understood the importance of finding the space.  Zachary Crisafulli: Zac showed constant improvement through the year. His skills improved, his ball awareness and positional play also got better and better as the year went on. He finished with some great running and deliveries.  Benjamin Gallo: Ben developed great game awareness. His positional play was exceptional. He found his own space and actively looked to deliver the ball to his teammates who were in space. Great season, Ben. Henry Lea: Transformed his game by learning to use his sidestep, which also improved his running game. Often handballed to teammates in space and began great passages of teamwork between the boys. Henry’s kicking on the run also improved this year.  Daniel Sealey: Dan showed amazing hunger for the ball. An excellent on baller all season and without doubt will be a future star of the game. Fast hands and feet, he often found the space and had no problems delivering it upfield to his teammates in space. A natural talent. Ehsan Mouhajer: Ehsan came to us midseason. He showed a dramatic improvement in the back half of the year. Ehsan was great with the ball in hand running through the pack. Not afraid to handball to a passing teammate. Excellent rucking ability and rarely lost a contest at the bounce. Could be a future ruckman.  Brody Hawthorne: Brody showed great improvement. As his skills improved so did his confidence and this added to his weekly contributions. Brody always gave his all and showed great determination. He always looked to deliver to teammates in space. Well done, Brody!


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“… THE LADS HAD A BALL AND IT WOULD BE VERY FAIR TO SAY THEIR SKILLS DEVELOPED BRILLIANTLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.” Harrison Williams: Another future AFL star. Harry has an unmatched hunger for the ball. He contests everything and puts his body on the line time after time. He has the makings of a complete footballer. Great passion and drive, great vision, great delivery. Harry took some of the best marks I have ever seen in Auskick. Good work, Harry. Finn Thomas: An excellent contributor. Combined amazingly with Harry and shared a similar drive for the ball. He has great skills and is very quick on his feet. Finn also showed the ability to make quick decisions, allowing him to deliver the ball into space before the opposition had a chance to close it down. Can’t wait to watch you shine again next year, Finn.

U7 SILVER SILVERS Coach Mark Williams says his team would be among the most agile U7 team of footballers for the season. “One week we would play as Silvers and the next week help our mates out in the Black or Teal teams. Either way the lads had a ball and it would be very fair to say their skills developed brilliantly throughout the year – evident by their best performance of the year on our last game day; the gala round. “All of us were so proud of our boys and their performance throughout the year, but no more than the spirit they showed undermanned on the gala day whilst playing their best footy for the year. Now I would just ask all the Silver parents to remind their lads of that great finish to the

season throughout the summer to ensure they come back in 2016 looking to pick up where they finished this year.” Toby Hansen: Toby had a great year developing his skills and confidence and was improving week by week. He finished the season off with a great goal in our last game. Keep practising Toby, just like you did at our camping trip at the end of the season – remember that great mark and kick combination! Ben Kerr: Ben just loves going hard for the footy and puts in hard chasing possessions. He really improved throughout the year, he started to understand the game, learned the value of good defence but it was without doubt his kicking that has improved Continues page 26

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immensely. He is a tall lad with a big kick when he gets onto it – so watch out for Ben next year. John Mills: John’s skills improved so much this year. He started to find his groove throughout the season and played some solid games with good runs. His confidence grew quickly and his ball skills in particular started to improve. Great season John and we look forward to seeing you next season. Lucas Stanley: Lucas also had a great year developing his skills and confidence and was moving around the field well by the end of the season. A great team player, who calls and works hard for the footy. Solid work this year, Lucas. Finn Thomas: Finn has been a standout this year. He played well throughout the year but he finished the season in exceptional form with strong marks and some great kicks and goals. A standout for me was when he passed to Toby in the last game to set Toby up for a great team goal – great team play, Finn. Nash Waters-Delaney: Nash started with us after the season had kicked off, but he quickly improved his overall skills and started to read the ball much better as the year went on. He had a great finish to the season with a solid performance throughout the gala round.

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five and big hug after a great long goal. Super season, Harrison. U7 TEAL IT was a great season for all the kids, with many improving on skills learnt over the past two seasons, and some new blood bringing some real talent into the U7 age group. Teal Coach Matt Cavanough runs

a ruler over the playing roster for U7 Teal – a team that’s trademark had to be a combination of determination and passion. Dylan Blythe: Dylan has been a great new addition to Teal. His defensive skills have baffled many opponents and he has begun to master the smother and has kept many goals from being scored. Way to go, Dylan. Matthew Booth: Matthew started the season strong looking at becoming a promising midfielder. His strengths lie in running around the ruck and being available for the man with the ball. He is a great support player. Good job, Matty. Lachlan Carmen: Lachie has become a real all-rounder. His ability to find space has seen him be rewarded with many goals this year. He has dominated all positions and is a player to watch in the future. Brilliant season, Lachie. Caleb Cavanough: Caleb’s continuous hunger for the ball has seen him lift his possession rate this year. His ability to read the game has assisted him to take some speckies this year and he has introduced the bounce into his game quite smoothly. Super season, Caleb. Sam Maybury: Sam has seen a lot of the ball this year with his great effort from hit outs in the ruck. His kicking has also improved and he has been a great

support to his teammates across all three quarters. Great year, Sam. Orson Owen-Jones: Orson’s determination for the ball has seen him gain a lot of possession during play. His defensive game has really lifted this year and he has been crucial in moving the ball from the backs to the midfields. Fantastic year, Orson. Otto Ross-Sampson: Otto has been a standout this year. He has really found his feet and can kick accurately to a man on the mark. His ability to read the game and send the ball on has seen many possessions for Teal and many goals for him. Awesome season, Otto. William Wheeler: Will has really improved his kicking game this year. His enthusiasm for the ball this year has seen his kicking game improve immensely, which has translated into many solid goals for Will. Solid work this year, Will. Angus Young: Angus has truly found his position in the backs. He has learned to harness his aggression to focus on getting the ball. His determination and passion for the ball has seen him gain many possessions in the back while also improving his kicking game. Great season, Angus. 27


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COACHES: David Chandra Greg Richardson TEAM MANAGER: Megan Chandra

Self-belief and the big switch was on DRUMMOYNE’S Under 8 Black kicked the season off with an ANZAC Day clash against Concord Giants. With half the team new to the sport and the rest a little rusty, it wasn’t pretty. Plans needed to be made to get the boys up to speed. The big switch came just a couple of rounds later at Moore Park. After a first third of letting the opposition run away, The Blacks changed its style to be more aggressive. In the time it took to change wristbands, the team was an entirely different squad. The boys won the next two thirds and with that confidence boost, changed into a team that played talented football. The Under 8 Black went on to play some great running football, quick handpassing and dogged defence. Self-belief was the key to a very successful year. Here’s how the players stacked up: Alexander Hripko: Great midfielder who can win a sprint to the ball every time. 28

Finds space and uses his opportunities well. A committed gymnast, Alex was unable to play after Round 10. We hope the later game time brings you back in 2016. Archie MacDonald: Very talented, versatile player. Plays exceptionally well in every position, though definitely best as a highly skilled attacking midfielder. Has an accurate kick; when the sticks are in Archie’s sights, the ball will go through for 6 points. Finley Casey: New to AFL this year, Finley is a natural. Best moments came in the defensive line, using his height and attack speed. A very good marker, he can stop the best opposition forwards from scoring. Joshua Hauschild: Just like Josh Kennedy, our Josh is a clearance king. Uses his size to win the contest. Isn’t afraid to get involved in some scrappy football. Team player: knows when to dispose the ball to a better positioned player.

Keshaan Chandra: Keshaan has learnt his role as a ruckman this year, using his height to tap the ball out to a team-mate. His confidence and selfbelief have grown and he continues to play an unselfish team game. Accurate kick: some of our best scoring shots have followed a kick-in or assist from Keshaan. Kody Murphy: Kody’s ability is impressive, more so given this was his debut year. Most memorable moment: a kick in from the left forward pocket against Easts that in true Eddie Betts style went straight through the sticks. Leon Schouten: Our own Lance Franklin, there wasn’t a game where Leon didn’t score goals. His first year of AFL, but Leon’s speed, running kicks and marking ability made him one of the most dangerous players on the team. Against Easts, a handball over the defensive pack to Josh was one of the best team goals of the year. Marlowe Zeremes: A Tiger just like


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“IN THE TIME IT TOOK TO CHANGE WRISTBANDS, WE WERE AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SQUAD.” Kevin Bartlett (minus the comb-over). Fast and hungry for the ball. Not afraid of a rough contest. Marlowe’s midfield contribution moves the ball quickly out of the ruck. His massive kick can score goals from way downtown. Miles Richardson: Miles demonstrates all the values of Auskick week in, week out. A great team player, always on the lookout for a team-mate in a better position, and the first to volunteer to play for the other team when needed. Showed his bravery in Round 9, leaving the ground under the blood rule, only to

return a few minutes later to finish the game. Oliver Casey: New to AFL, Oliver started out as Clark Kent and finished as Superman. Oliver’s skills and confidence improved steadily; his ability to think quickly and pass the ball to teammates ensured great game flow. His ball-steal to pass on to a team-mate resulting in a goal during our first Gala Day was his play of the year. Rafferty Kitching: One of the youngest in the team, though you’d never know. Rafferty’s skills are outstanding. Runs up

the flank from the backline with a smile on his face, bounces the ball a couple of times, then offloads it forward with great precision. Rafferty loves to kick goals. His long kicks are great to watch. Go Catters! Tadhg McBeth: A great kicker and play maker, Tadhg made his mark in defence stopping many critical plays by the opposition. We waved goodbye to Tadhg earlier this year – we hope you found an Aussie Rules club in England, Tadhg!

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COACH: John Nandlal TEAM MANAGER: Clare Cody

Get the ball and run 2015 has been another fantastic year for the Teals. We kept the core team together and added a few new players to the mix to build a good team and a solid season. We don’t keep score, but if we did we’d be on the right side of the ledger. There were few teams that we could not match…OK, Easts and Wests were perhaps the exceptions. This year the boys continued to develop their skills and their understanding of football. Our emphasis was on a fast game. The key messages were “get the ball and run”, “look for a team-mate to give the ball to”, and “handball”. The boys took the messages on board and we saw some passages of play that made us proud; there were occasional passages of brilliance; there were also concentration lapses when it looked as though the boys had other things on their minds!

The games became more physical towards the end of the year and the boys look very ready for tackling in the Under 9s. A special thank you to Clare Cody, who again got us organised. Bring on 2016! Declan Baskett: A gutsy player. A new starter to the team, he took some time to develop his skills and confidence. His attitude, determination and competitiveness have always been clear and that’s what his teammates love about him. He was often the player at the bottom of a pack, the last to stand up…but always with the ball in his hands. Nicholas Champion: Does it all as a footballer. He is the complete package combining skill, speed and courage with football smarts. He is a genuine forward with an accurate goalkicking

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boot but is just as effective down back. Another excellent season! Thomas Cody: With a delayed preseason, Thomas had a slow start to the year before a mid-season turnaround that saw him become one of the team’s best players. He has always been an excellent defensive player but this year he added goalkicking to become a more adaptable and complete player. Alexander Duggan: Showed us some of his potential in his first year of football. He has good height and was a valuable contributor in defence. Another season will see him develop some of the skills and reading of the play that will make him an important player in the team. Sean Gibbons: Played out another good season. Adds as much to our team spirit as he brings to our on-field performance. Sean was consistent throughout the year and always looked like he was enjoying himself both at training and on the ground. Zai Khan: Zai’s second year has shown steady improvement culminating in a courageous display in the final gala day when his team really needed him,


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Above: Drummoyne Power U8 Teal and Western Suburbs U8 showed their support of Swans star Adam Goodes over the ‘booing’ controversy, causing a ‘Twitter storm’ of positive comments with this photo.

playing out the day despite not being well. Some more work on his skills will really help him to take advantage of his height. Harry Millar: A whirlwind of energy and attitude. You know when he is on the ground as he charges towards the ball, his voice tearing the opposition apart even before he gets to the contest. Harry brings a competitive edge with him that all teams need. Ethan Nandlal: Ethan had another terrific season. His kicking has become more accurate, his handball smarter and he has added a little flair with a blind turn. He knows how to use his body to create a contest. He kicked a few goals and shared a few goals. Well done, Ethan!

Thomas Nethery: Thomas is developing into a very good player. He has all the attributes needed for a key position. He has good hands, a big kick, some speed and can take a mark… maybe even a speckie. Well done on a great year. Scott Wrigley: Speed to burn. He packs a lot into that small frame of his – pace, power and passion. He is the ultimate small forward and always makes a contest of it – roving a spilt ball or ripping the ball out of a pack. He finished that hard work with plenty of goals through the big sticks. Some of Teal’s best goals were created by Scotty or kicked by Scotty!

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COACHES: Rohan Miller Anthony Grant TEAM MANAGER: Leanne Granger

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Learning the importance of working together TWO happy coaches ruminated on the season over an amber coloured supper… Season 2015 saw Drummoyne U8 Silver show demonstrable improvement, evidenced by a great level of teamwork and skill development that led to a number of excellent games. However, the parents’ attempts at the team song needs much work (to be kind) and rehearsals are planned in preseason training. There were many encouraging signs that the players ‘clicked’ in their understanding of team and the importance of working together. As a consequence, there was significant improvement in the number of kicks and handballs intelligently directed to teammates. This led to some memorable end-to-end team goals. The team also grew in their aggression and desire to be the first to the loose ball and to be hungry for possessions. They’ll love being able to tackle next year. Whether they will like being tackled is moot.

Luc Miller: Determined ball carrier, often busting through several opposition defenders. He has impressive speed and is aggressive with the loose ball on the ground. Great improvement in his marking and goalkicking this year. Occasionally tries to help the umpire as well. Jacob Grant: Significant improvement in his kicking skills and accuracy this year, with a nice range of drop punts in his arsenal. Loves playing the game. A big kick able to put the ball deep forward. Always passionate to get his hands on the ball and contribute. Led the team in contested marks. Charlie Gunning: Strapping utility with a promising future. Valued member of the team. Picked up his aggression for the ball this year and was particularly impressive with one-touch pickups of loose balls. Known to get a solid handball away to a teammate in a better position.


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“…THE PLAYERS ‘CLICKED’ IN THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF TEAM…” Lachlan Williams: Consistent performer. Noticeably missed when injured but still turned up to help. Improved as the season progressed. Very reliable kick that propels the team forward and out of danger. Grew in his ability to read the play and pass to a teammate. Yoshi Miller: Great left-foot kick. Developed a very nice drop punt at the back end of the season and able to excel in every position. Loves playing and a very popular member of the team. Solid mark with growing confidence to lead and contest. A player feared by all opposition. Daniel Woods: Fierce defender who consistently pressures the opposition. Bullocking runner with the ball who worked hard to bounce the ball while running at 100 per cent. Hardworking and excellent at positioning himself in space for a teammate’s kick. Good football brain. Samuel Eastwood: The Bjorn Borg of the team with his now famous headband. Mr Everywhere. Infectious enthusiasm for the game sees him accumulate lots of touches. Good at getting his hands

on the ball and turning the momentum of the game. Reads the play well. Enjoys the social aspect of the team. Riley Gange: Terrific first season with some star performances and memorable goals. Energetic with natural ball skills. Intelligently uses the ball. Solid running player who will improve with a big preseason and practice year. Really looks like he will become a quality player. Oliver Moore: Most improved player in 2015. Demonstrated he can be a match winner. Learnt to inject himself into the play and particularly damaging in the centre. Significant improvement in his marking ability throughout the season. Good level of aggression in defence. Will Granger: Showed a lot of courage and determination throughout the year. Quality midfielder who also loves snapping a goal. Tremendous enthusiasm with the loose ball and has clean pickups. Really effective in open space and good vision. A great team man! Jett Thomas: Good forward pocket player who relishes a gallop through the mid field. Established a great combination with Jacob. Has the ability

to read the play and intelligently position himself to convert possession to goals. Unselfish player who can get a great handball away to a teammate to free them up. Samuel James: Excellent exponent of team first play, reflected in more handballs per game than any other player. Sam makes every possession count and is willing to lay-off for a player in a better position. When chips are down, he’s a team lifter. Fantastic competitor with lots of determination. 33


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COACH: Stephen Dunne TEAM MANAGERS: Alastair MacDonald Natalie Dunne

Young guns fire on all cylinders COACHES were impressed by the boys’ improvement and boost in confidence over the year. The Under 8 Whites had a lot of new players to AFL and it was a testament to the team that all our players improved, showed skill and teamwork, and developed into incredible young footballers. U8 White focused on calling loudly, handpassing, never giving up, creating space … and on having as much fun as possible. This was a team with a diverse range of skills and experience that made the season extremely entertaining and enjoyable. Special thanks to managers Alastair MacDonald and Natalie Dunne, and the parents who helped out each week. With the season behind them, coach Stephen Dunne reflects on the players’ development: Zac Winter: New to the Power this year, Zac showcased his talents in the back line. Resolute in picking up the forwards when under attack from the opposition. 34

Unselfish and keen to include his teammates, Zac has lots of potential. Coach’s tip: Get more involved, go harder at the ball and use your height to your advantage. Lucas Slade: Seems to pop up everywhere. An incredibly courageous on-baller, Lucas would always be at the bottom of the pack wrestling for the ball. His determination and effort were second to none. His ability to move the ball from the midfield set up many goals. Has a genuine passion for the game. Coach’s tip: Work on your handpassing and kicking skills. William Briede: One of the best kicks on the team, William often spearheaded us forward with great depth and accuracy. Has a great read of the game that he often used to out-smart his opponents. Always willing to get involved, William’s tenacity and strength developed wonderfully during the year. Coach’s tip: Create space out wide and work on your fitness.

Max MacDonald: An absolute dynamo. In his first year at Power, Max showed incredible skill and natural ability, which he masterfully developed over the season. Picks up the ball and runs past opponents, highlighting his talent to find space and get the pass away. Coach’s tip: Keep your head up and look for teammates. Callum Campbell: Known for his running game, Callum possesses the height and resolve to take on most fearsome opponent with purpose and grit. Strong in all positions. A big asset to any team and a real team player. Coach’s tip: Get in front of the opposition. Practice bouncing the ball when running full tilt. Ethan Dunne: Ethan’s composure and skill drastically lifted this year which resulted in some great footy. His confidence in the forward line combined with his strength, his marking, speed and overall footy skills make him a formidable player. Coach’s tip: Invest


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in practising your kicking and overhead marks for next year. Milan Sundaraj: A pocket rocket, Milan showed immense courage. Often faced with much larger imposing players, Milan showed a dogged and unwavering approach to his footy. Milan’s confidence grew this season and he will only get better as he plays more footy. Coach’s tip: Practice your general skills and get more involved in general play. Harry Tucker: A late, but welcome, addition to U8 White. Thanks Harry! Always puts the team first. At times Harry was faced with a wall of opposition players, but with self-control and poise always found a way out of trouble. Coach’s tip: Focus on your ball skills and build on your courage to grab the ball. George Liney: Became an integral part of the team. Excels as an onballer. Challenged by taller opponents, George’s strength and tenacity often out-muscled the opposition. A hard

worker who gives 100 per cent effort. Coach’s tip: Work on your handball skills and speed off the ground. Jesse MacDonald: Jesse demonstrated great composure, commitment and wonderful skills. His stirring runs out of the centre and amazing kicks were a joy to watch. Coach’s tip: Invest time in training and practice as much as you can.

Harry Keeping: A great all-rounder. Has a natural feel for reading the game so it seemed, at times, that he was playing everywhere. Effective in all positions, Harry is a talented player, who can go much further. Coach’s tip: Work on your overhead marking and train as much as you can.

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COACH: Brad Kantor ASSISTANT COACH: Mark Tkocz TEAM MANAGER: Joe Pippia

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2015: Mission accomplished THE year started with players arriving at training bubbling with excitement and enthusiasm about their coming year with new rules, more players on the field and TACKLING. In pre-season we worked hard on skills such as handballs, leading, tapping the ball on and most importantly, helping each other as a team. It was clear from the start – and a convincing win in Round One – that this team meant business. As the year progressed, our attitude at training was impressive and this was showing on the field as the team compiled a strong winning streak.By season’s end, the team finished in third place. Although they were defeated by Moore Park in the Preliminary Final, they went on to win a consolation game and can hold their heads high after their first finals campaign. As the coach, I would like to thank the parents for their assistance and support – we were a team off as well as on the field. I would also like to thank each of these wonderful young men for their commitment, respect and behaviour throughout the year. Hugo Van Hal: “The Rock”. As a first year player with our team, his commitment to training and playing was impressive; he blended well with the boys. Hugo started our attacking raids with long kicks out of the backline.

Oliver Heinjus: “Mr Reliable”. Ask Olly to play any position and will always give 100 per cent. His commitment to his teammates and his strong running make him a very valuable part of our team. Luke Tkocz: “Tiger” has improved every year, but this was his breakout year whether in the backline or centre. If I asked him to get the ball, he fired himself into the game and sent the ball forward. Alex Pippia: “Safe Hands”. Not the tallest man on the field but that does not stop Alex from taking strong marks and kicking us into attack. He always sticks to his man and backs up his teammates. Joseph Harkin: Is the tallest man on the field. “Joey” takes command of the centre and taps the ball to his teammates. With his strong running and long kicking, he’s had an impressive year. Max Kantor: “Rocky” has had a strong year and has provided the team with his leadership and support. With improved kicking and marking skills, he has made a big impression in all games this year. Lucas Jones: “Hawaii” is our Mr Dependable. Plays all positions and can be relied on to give 100 per cent. Whether it is marking or passing to a teammate in a scoring position, Lucas has the ability to be a smart footballer.


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“I WOULD… LIKE TO THANK EACH OF THESE WONDERFUL YOUNG MEN FOR THEIR COMMITMENT, RESPECT AND BEHAVIOUR THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.” Harry Cameron: An outstanding year for “The Coach”. Harry has performed every week with his ball skills and his team work has greatly improved. His understanding of the game and ability to understand instructions is impressive. James Meszaros: “Run James”. Has the ability to spark a game to life. His marking, strong running and kicking has been on show with some great goals this year. His humour at training has had us all enjoying being a team this year. Jonty Garland: Jonty has been “Mr Improvement” this year, injecting himself into every contest and delivering on every occasion. It has been very enjoyable watching him transform into the team man that he is. Nick Callanan: As our other first year player, “Goal Sneak” has grown into our

main goal kicker. Does not let his team down. Provides the team with a target every week. The centres know when they look up field, Nick will be there to take the mark and kick the goals. Mathew Dunphy: Matty “Tackle” has had a great year with improved kicking and marking. He has impressed with his tackling skills and once he has hold of you, it is impossible to get away. In his new role in the forward line it won’t be long before he will be snapping some goals. Luke Van Der Wel: “Laces” has had a great year – his skills have improved and he’s enjoying his football. His tackling has been outstanding. Gives 100 per cent to every position on the field – as a coach you would like to have the same commitment from each player. 37


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HEAD COACH: Warwick Pelly ASSISTANT COACH: Greg Richardson TEAM MANAGER: Ann-Maree Lawrence

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Let the qualities shine through WITH the experience of Auskick behind them, the Drummoyne Power U9 Black team entered the next phase of their AFL careers as boys embarking on a new challenge and finished the season as a team of proud young men.  From the opening bounce of the season to the final whistle of the gala day, each and every one of the core qualities that make a great sportsman was laid bare in front of a wonderful team of supportive and very appreciative family and friends. The nature of this report does provide the liberty to record all key moments in full but it would be remiss not to outline a two pivotal points of the season. 1. AFL is not a game for the fainthearted and all were reminded of that in an early season game at Drummoyne Oval when a Cooper Hansen charge-down saw first-blood split on the battlefield for the year. Despite sporting a “Sherrin” tattoo on his face, Cooper got the all clear by the team doctor and not only took his place

on the field but rose to the occasion when he returned. Courage. 2. While the gladiatorial efforts of sportsmen have been in the spotlight this year in the interests of player welfare (Cooper was ok), stories of players rising to the occasion to inspire their team are the makings of sporting folklore. Russell Pedley provided such a moment in Round 6, showing all his teammates what it means to lead when he claimed the ‘best-on-field’ in a powerful performance. Inspiration. It is tempting (often too tempting) to look at specific moments as turning points but the only real indicator of progress is matching a desire to improve with a work ethic that will see it translate into action. On this note, everyone should be proud of what they have achieved and the steps they took to get the team there. Over the season the improvement in the team was evident and with any luck the sideline cry of “find the space” will


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“SKILL ERRORS ARE A PART OF LEARNING; LIFTING YOUR HEAD AFTER YOU’VE MADE ONE TO SEE THE HEADS OF YOUR TEAMMATES ALSO HELD HIGH AND FOCUSED ON THE NEXT PLAY IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE PART OF A TEAM…” long ring in the ears of all the boys/young men. Similarly, the desire to break out of a tackle (“drive the legs, Toby, drive the legs”) evolved from tepid at the season opener to ferocious at season end. On a final note, I would like to thank everyone in the team for the way they played the game as a team. At no stage throughout the season did any team member do anything that was not supportive of the growth of their teammates. Skill errors are a part of learning; lifting your head after you’ve made one to see the heads of your teammates also held high and focused on the next play is what it means to be part of a team and that is what these young men built in 2015.

Lachlan Carmichael: “Persistence”. The “I’ll get knocked down but I get up again” award. Luke Bannerman: “Raw Talent”. The “It may by my debut season but you’d never know it” award. Will Mathie: “Humility”. The “I just made a great play and my hair still looks perfect” award. William Innes: “Momentum”. The “Once I get a roll on it doesn’t stop” award. Indi Murphy: “Stepping into Now”. The “I’ll start kicking goals from the time I turn up” award. Damien Lawrence: “Sport Intelligence”. The “I’ll be wherever the ball is” award Russell Pedley: “Inspiration”. The “Showing how to lead the way” award. Harrison Lynch: “Selflessness”. The “I’m

always looking out for my teammates” award. Jackson Wybrow: “Determination”. The “I’ll never give up and no one can take it off me” award. Denver Pelly: “Commitment”. The “Practice makes good, better practice makes better” award. Lochlan Demark: “Competitiveness”. The “You’ll never see my head go down” award. Cooper Hansen: “Humility”. The “Just wipe the blood off so I can get back in” award. Toby Dolph: “Unstoppability”. The “I’m going wherever I want, just get out of my way” award. Duke Richardson: “Focus”. The “I’m in control of the centre” award.

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COACHES: Nick Dinham Anthony Moulton TEAM MANAGER: Milan Serovich

A dominant defensive side finds its place THE season started every player searching for their place in the paddock. Team work and short passing were the focus in pre-season and this set U9 up well for some great performances in the early rounds. As the season progressed, U9 White found their strengths and quickly became a dominate defensive side. U9 White showed they could take on any opposition in a physical contest and grew as a team, backing each other up. True sportsmanship was shown in all conditions and when things didn’t go White’s way, the team pulled together. At the end of the season. all players had given their best and found where they could contribute the most, finishing the year with strong performances in the Gala Days. Archie McConnell: Showed great improvement this year impressing all with his speed in the open and a much improved kick. Departed late in the season for Vietnam and was sorely missed. 40

“U9 WHITE SHOWED THEY COULD TAKE ON ANY OPPOSITION IN A PHYSICAL CONTEST...” Finbar McElligott: Asserted his presence across the paddock in every game with strong tackling and powerful running. Took some magical marks. Played hard for his team and was always there to back his mates up in a physical contest. Harry Serovich: Played hard all year at training and on game day. His ability to give 110 per cent every time he strapped on his boots was inspirational. Harry played all positions and never questioned what he was asked to do – just put his head down and played hard and fair. Harrison Eckert: Harrison had to leave the team early in the season to pursue representative duties overseas but the

early rounds had Harrison’s mark all over them with lighting breaks out of the ruck and, like all our centres, solid tackling. Hugo Moulton: Hugo has an ability to read the game and position himself in the right spot for scoring opportunities game after game. With a strong running game off the forward wings, Hugo often snapped at goal. Always reliable from a set kick: ne of his best was in the final rounds, scoring from a position well outside the boundary. Isaac Edmonds: Continued to improve through the season showing form particularly in using his body height in tight situations and proving to be a solid defender, sticking to his man like glue.


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Jack Dinham: Jack found his role in the centre this season, proving to be a tenacious mid fielder. Always in and at times on the bottom of the ruck scrapping for ball. Jack Hawkes: An adaptable player for the coaches. Can play in all positions. Jack was always insightful at training with his analysis of past matches and training technique. Luca Lamaro: Joined the team late in the season with little game time prior to running on with Drummoyne. In his first game, Luca took a couple of heavy knocks but was not phased and improved throughout the season.

Luke Haddad: Luke’s speed and step impressed all again this season. He showed versatility in not only playing forward but out of the backline, slicing the wings and forming good combinations with the centres. This season also saw the banana kick added to Luke’s bag of tricks. Oliver Pestonji: Lets his play do the talking, showing fantastic positional play. With glimpses of speed when he got the ball, Ollie knew how to find the goal square or his support players. Oscar Davies: Speed, kicks, bounces, handballs, tackles and a supreme ability to read the game. Always listening and looking for that extra 10 per cent to

improve his game. A true team player and the backbone of U9 White. Oscar Sealey: Oscar became one of two regular full back options mid season – a coach’s dream. His clear kicking from the goal line consistently turned defence into attack and provided structure to the back line. Toby Ryan: “The tackling machine”. A standout improvement. The other half of White’s regular backline, Toby never stopped. Massive tackles provided turnovers game after game. Never afraid to keep the talk going between players, he was also constantly organising the backs. Toby was the clear choice for this year’s Coaches’ Award. 41


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HEAD COACH: Sam Mehr ASSISTANT COACHES: Sam Mark Vincent Doug Connor TEAM MANAGER: Pat Colreavy

Shining silver stars DRUMMOYNE U9 Silvers are worth their weight in gold. What they may have initially lacked in skill, they made up for with heart, a never-die attitude and great sportsmanship. Fifteen players were on the playing list, with six boys never having played AFL before. By mid-season, our players gelled. Those who had never touched an AFL football had become adept at tackling, tapping, and torpedoes. Our old timers, with a year under their belt, showed us how football was meant to be played – by playing as a team and having fun. There were games of absolute brilliance that brought a tear to the Coach’s eye. Our midfield would give Fremantle a run for their money. Our backs would repeat the mantra before every game: “Man up!”. If the opposition dared to touch the ball, our players would descend with a flurry of tackles that would make any proWrestlers proud. Our forwards showed us even nine-year-olds can perform cheeky “Eddie Betts” snaps. “I would coach these boys any day of 42

the week,” Coach Sam Mehr said. “Their parents should be proud, especially about how they conduct themselves every game day”. Football can emulate life. It teaches you to never give up, have a laugh and bond for a common goal. “I remember a dad from the opposition team came and said, ‘what a great bunch of boys you have’. I could not agree more,” Mehr said fondly. The team would not have got through the year without the help of the parents. Dads/Mums vs Silver will now become a permanent season fixture. Pat, our manager, single handedly made sure we were at the right place, at the right time, and lugged that green box to every game. Mark, our assistant coach, or the “Voice” for his ability to shout like a man possessed during games, is thanked for stepping in when the Coach could not train or take the boys on a Saturday. Assistant Coach Doug’s efforts at training were sincerely appreciated. Finally, to our Silver players. Well done,

boys. Your conduct and effort is a shining example of how junior AFL must always be played. There will be times when we will fail in the future and when we do, remember the words of NBA great, Michael Jordan: “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Go Silver! Angus “The Wall” Pratt: The last line of defence. Even Buddy Franklin would have trouble taking on this kid. Alex “Mr Football” Colreavy: Ted Whitten reincarnated. Best kicker on the park. Alexander “Tenacious” Tetley: Tries his guts out. Keep it up Alex. Fionn “The Machine” Redmond: Never stops, never gives up. A Brownlow favourite. Fox “The Muscle” Rand: Was born to play AFL. Stays his ground, does not give an inch and always the first to thank the Umpire.


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Gabrielle “The Flash” Pepper: Fast as lightening. Good luck catching this kid once he has the ball. Hamish “Hulk Hogan” Rose: Ferocious tackler. Like a pit-bull possessed. I pity the fool who runs in his way. Jacob “The Deliverer” Digiglio: Give it to Jacob and the rest is history. This kid can do it all – kick, mark, tackle. Jasper “Juggernaut” Vincent: Once he gets that glint in his eye, he is impenetrable. Jasper “Collingwood” Connor: Can’t believe this kid never played football! You have permission to tackle your father in the off season for practice. Lukas “The Snap” Taylor: Fast, agile and loves a snap for goal. Miles “The Beast” Emdin: A born tackler and surprise goal kicker…for the opposition; lesson to the next coach – don’t lend Miles out when you need to even up.

“YOUR CONDUCT AND EFFORT IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF HOW JUNIOR AFL MUST ALWAYS BE PLAYED.” Miles “Kanga” Mehr: Slices through the mid-field like a young Boomer Harvey. Sam “Smashing” Walters: This kid puts his body on the line every week (and has the bruises to prove it). Xabi “The All Rounder” Marnell: Puts more kilometres on the track than anyone else. Blink and you will miss his mad dash from back, to midfield, to kicking a goal.

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COACH: Rob Blunden TEAM MANAGER: Michelle Rowcliff

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Tackling in packs 2015 started with U10 Black as a group looking to get to know each other – learning new skills was secondary to team bonding and trying to play team footy. We started off the season with some keywords like tackle, “man up” and handball. Turnovers and counter attack were a pleasure to watch. We troubled the scorer on many occasions and our trademark was tackling in packs. Despite the interruptions from the weather, the enthusiasm never seemed to dwindle. Midway through the season, the team tried some new tactics. Our keywords became “look up”: Get in position, get the ball and look up for a team mate. Almost immediately, the kids started to play team footy: tough, tackling and teamwork was how the season wound up. The hard work paid off with a great Gala Day, winning three games and kicking six goals. It was fabulous to see how much the kids enjoyed ending the season that way. In all, it was a fun season with improvement across the board. Thanks to Manager Michelle Rowcliff and all the parents that helped out as runners, match reporters and goal umpires. Thanks for the support. Max Merifield: Played a lot up forward this year – his 5th at the club. Always fought hard for the ball and topped the score sheet for us. Three goals on Gala Day was a highlight. Lucas Blythe: Another 5th year player,

often played more than one, sometimes three games every week. Always solid. Tough around the ball. Strong tackle and long kick. Great season, Lucas. Zac Izzard: Great team player, always supported the coach and did whatever job he was asked to perform. With safe hands and strong accurate kick, he played his best footy in defence. Couldn’t ask for more from Zac. Jamie McGrow: New player who enjoyed his footy. Always consistent, loved to get his head in over the ball. A strong tackler. Super dependable. Cooper Husken: Took on some tough assignments in this, his 5th year. Happy to take on the gun opposition player. No-one wanted to be on the end of a Cooper tackle! Great team player, listener and on field leader. Ashwin Barrett: New player who improved week in, week out. By season end he was one of best. Easy to coach and has great future with footy. Summer Poole-Blunden: New to footy and the only girl in the team (and on the field most weeks). Really proud of her effort and commitment all year. Tackling was a highlight, along with the nevergive-up attitude and enthusiasm. 10/10 for effort. Liam Wingrave: Another 5th year player, Liam had a really consistent year. Always listening and follows through on the field. Strong kick and an ‘A’ for attack on the ball. Phoenix Moloney: Looked like a star fullback early on… ended up with the best goalkicking celebration of the year: Adam Goodes would have been proud! Pleasure to coach, great effort. Nick Adland: A ruckman in a rover’s body – never afraid to step up for the tap. Enthusiastic, looked like he had a great time with footy this year. Fraser Salmon: Reliable player. W orked hard in ruck. Fraser was always up for a tackle and played everywhere. Sebastian Zanardo: First year player. Remarkable improvement throughout the season. With his attack on the ball and improved skills, he became one of our ‘go to’ players in the middle of the ground. All the makings of a really good footy player. Charlie Millar: Super competitive and a


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“…OUR KEYWORDS BECAME “LOOK UP”: GET IN POSITION, GET THE BALL AND LOOK UP FOR A TEAMMATE.” real ball winner. Was missed in Gala 2, one of our best in Gala 1. When he gets his long kicks sorted, Charlie is going to be a star player. Dallas Arndell: Super speedy and plays all over the ground. Good attacking player who always gets his kick away. Loves his footy. Kevin Orchard: New player and by season end in our top four every week. Great attack on the ball and 2nd and 3rd efforts were outstanding. Always got a kick out of trouble and our most improved player. Well done, Kevin! 45


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HEAD COACH: Peter Carger SENIOR COACH: Brian Kent TEAM MANAGERS: James Gully Gabrielle Gully GOAL UMPIRE: John Nandlal

Delivering above expectations 2015 started with a solid preseason program, put together by the head coach Peter Carger and senior coach Brian Kent, which saw a number of new boys and our core group of returning players ready to take on all opposing teams. We were quick to realise that we had a team that was diverse, keen and ready to play, whatever the conditions or opposition.

“THE BOYS… GREW INTO YOUNG MEN AS THE SEASON UNFOLDED.” Our behind the scene team was strong with the team manager combination of James and Gabrielle Gully, organised like a well-oiled machine, and our goal umpire John Nandlal ready to wave through many a goal. Our core players knew what was expected and delivered above expectations week in and week out. Benjamin Innes: Benjamin was our solid rock in defence, ensuring that he was never beaten and nothing ever got past him. His commitment was second to none. Ethan Carger: Although he started the 46

season as our key ruckman, we quickly realised that Ethan was our key swing man, playing across all zones with power and strength. Jack Gully: Jack Gully was our key ‘in and under’ player, primarily across the centre and back line as well as becoming a key forward in ensuring that the opposition back line were never going to receive an easy kick. Jack Kent: The goal sneak – whether it was from the boundary or out of a pack, Jack seemed to always know where the big sticks were. Lucian DeFrancesco: Our key ‘stopper’ when we needed someone to ensure an opponent never received a kick as well as our key high forward who roamed like ‘Buddy’ Franklin, gathering any opportunity to put pressure on the opposition and create a turnover. Thomas Harbot: Thomas started off as both a key defender and key forward, but as the year progressed, he became our number one ruckman. His ability to jump and get his hand on the ball was clearly the best in the competition and it gave our small brigade first use of the ball. William Nethery: Our most versatile


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player: key defender, forward or ruckman, William adapted to all positions and was becoming one of our best team players adding agility and skill wherever he was positioned. Zachary Nandlal: The pocket rocket. Zachary was always chasing down the ball and opponents creating opportunities for his teammates. His ability to find and get the ball were key to our success in 2015. Our new players gave Teal versatility and genuine creativity as they blended into the Teal handball and running style of play. Bill Jordan: Bill might have been small, but what he lacked in height he made up for in endeavour and enthusiasm. He has this ability to never be caught with the ball and created many running and

linking opportunities that ended in goals. Caelin Bofill: Caelin’s determined mindset saw him improve weekly to the point that he was becoming one of our best midfielders by season end. Joshua Giersch: Our most elusive player, always in the open and ready for a pass. Joshua’s passion to be involved in the game saw him finish the year as one of our best players, not only holding down opposition key forwards but also creating many opportunities up forward. Joshua Wodson: Our main ‘go to’ forward when we needed quick goals. On regular occasion we had to move Joshua up forward to ensure that we kicked many a goal, and he always delivered. Torbian Titow: Torbian quickly adapted to AFL. His fierce attack on the ball

and competitive drive saw him become one of our leading versatile players. There were many games where Torbian controlled the ball and flow of the game that ensured a Teal victory. Overall, Teal had an outstanding year, not only introducing five new players to Drummoyne Power but also winning close to 90 per cent of our games (not that we were scoring…). The boys were a pleasure to coach and grew into young men as the season unfolded. All the boys worked well together and united from the first bounce to the song at the end of each game. P.S. I would also like to thank those boys who helped out during the year with the occasional game: Lucas Blythe, Thomas Nethery, Ben Champion, Tom Campbell and Lachlan Carmichael. 47


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COACH: Tim Carmichael TEAM MANAGER: Sarah Corbett

Take a knee… THERE is nothing quite like the minutes immediately after a game when – win, lose or draw – the mighty U10 Silver huddle together. At the core, 12 players, of varying experience with the game and with even more disparate physical weapons (some guns, some sharpened twigs – equally a physical presence when used prudently) are unified by the satisfaction that can only come from giving your all for the team in the pursuit of a common goal (and half an orange at the half time break). And surfacing from beneath that satisfaction, a thirst which belongs exclusively to those who have only ever known growth (a thirst perhaps enhanced by the sausage sanger consumed at opportune breaks during the game). Their thirst is for feedback, for advice and for an encouraging word. Following a three-

minute verbal hydration (supplemented with passionately shared stories of battlefield heroism), the group rises as one, emboldened and proud. Regardless of the on field outcome, arm in arm, they belt out the club song, in a celebration of the time they have just spent together (the injuries, the goals, the oranges and, on exceptional weeks, the lolly snakes!) and in anticipation of doing it again on the next (dry) Saturday! Surrounding this ring, in a corresponding and similarly tightly bound formation are the mighty Silver Parents. They listen intently (perhaps due to the ringing in their ears from proximity to the boundary bound coach blessed with a large set of lungs…) and offer timely applause, collective gasps of admiration at war tales, and interjections of encouragement which wrap a simple coaches words

with the warming credibility of parental endorsement (they also cook the meanest bacon and egg roll, add new levels of finesse to goal umpiring signals, never fail to wash the kit and otherwise volunteer at the first ping of an incoming e-mail alert). They were all there – really there – every week and should be proud of the team environment they built in their unwavering support for their kids. These magical moments, in concentric rings of footy induced euphoria, would never form were it not for the efforts of Sarah, the manager without equal. Sarah made it all look easy, using e-mail, spreadsheets and rostered plans (and, where required, the wisdom and wit of the blind lady of justice). Jack Angwin: A tower of strength, with hands that don’t let go. Marking or competing for a ground ball, Jack is the

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epitome of determination. Big potential as a ruck superstar. Charlie Barrington: Has the unique ability to bend time to his will. When others around him are rushed Charlie has all the time in the world. He eats pressure for breakfast and with these unique skills is well equipped to excel in the modern game, at any level. Oliver Beresford: With an amazing step, Ollie knows how to escape trouble and makes his own space. His true gift is to use the space to look for a teammate. He is a pleasure to coach and will be pursued for the best teams, by the best coaches. Toby Butcher: For someone playing his first season Toby was a revelation. His smile, infectious; his steely defence, game saving. His fast development makes him a scary proposition for teams in coming years. Tom Campbell: Silky skills only matched by his team focus. When the going is getting tough, Tom is the guy you want beside you. He has a bright future in AFL, leading his teammates.

Lachlan Carmichael: Whether it’s winning the ball, or chasing down an escaped opponent, this guy never gives up. Easy to forget he was seven, as it seemed he was playing with his own footy. Love watching him play. Ben Champion: An elite junior footballer, with courage to match his skills. Ben stood out in every game he played. AFL contract negotiations are just a matter of time. Patrick Connell: Pat-man plays above his weight class, often intimidating opponents. On numerous occasions he single-handedly kept multiple opponents at bay. He has flourished as he has learnt the game and in potential terms he is a true heavyweight – a bright future awaits. Joshua Coulton: In his debut season, Josh played like an experienced hand. He can find the goal from a pack and seems to drift across the ground. Can’t wait to see what he can do with a few seasons under his belt. Charlie Fenely: Charlie has a natural flair for the game. His movement

is instinctive and his technique is impeccable. Over years to come, many football spectators will enjoy watching the way this guy makes a tough game look easy. Laura Gibbons: No Silver knew the way to goal like Laura. Whether marking and converting or crumbing at the base of a pack, within the blink of an eye Laura could make her trademark impact on the scoreboard. Laura will lead the way for so many behind her and what a great example she sets. Lachlan Macdonald: Wow! An impact player: The.Best.Tackler. Can swing the momentum of a game with his no holds barred approach. Remember you saw his name here first; he has what it takes to go far. Harrison Ryan: Hazza can be electric on the footy field, and when he powers up he is an absolute livewire. He can be untouchable, an enigma, and with great foundational technique – the combination of spark and skill is amazing to watch! Hi ho Silver! 49


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HEAD COACH: Clint Hawthorne ASSISTANT COACH: Damian Leonard TEAM MANAGER: Simon Osborne

Mission possible WHEN coaches sat with their fresh-faced playing group at the start of the season, they all agreed on three key principles of their 2015 mission - self improvement; commitment to the ball; and having fun. Okay, so Drummoyne Power’s Under 11 Teal team didn’t win many matches (just one to be precise) but they did win the respect and admiration of their coaches and parents because they gave it their all week in, week out. As the team reflects on four months of footy, head coach Clint Hawthorne proudly declared his young charges ticked all the boxes of their mission. “They did everything we asked of them, he said. “I could not be happier with what they brought each week. In most cases our team was outsized but these kids just don’t know how to give up.” Hawthorne said that while his role was to “just coach footy”, it was just as important to instil some lessons in the boys that may help them later in life. “Whatever we did on the field and how we conducted ourselves around the club has a lasting impression on these boys 50

“IT’S NOT THE SIZE OF THE DOG IN THE FIGHT THAT MATTERS, IT’S THE SIZE OF THE FIGHT IN THE DOG.” particularly in these crucial years of their development.” Here Clint Hawthorne and assistant coach Damian Leonard run their ruler over their team roster: Will Gray: Affectionately known as Willy’ G’, he found the going tougher than in previous years. But he dug in and showed fight and determination which are his strongest attributes. Fitness, tackling pressure and an improvement with his kicking, marking and handballing are areas Willy needs to focus on. Frazer Renu: Frizzy is the ‘On Switch for our team’. Lightning across the ground Friz was fantastic in 2015. Not only did he improve skills but he grew in confidence. He has a fantastic footy career ahead of him. Jesse Hawthorne: Jesse was a solid

contributor this year, growing in confidence to become a reliable forward. He became a tackling machine. Jesse just needs a little more confidence to go from being a ‘Good’ player to a ‘Great player. He is going to play an important part in the team’s success in the future. Max Pannanen: Maxy had some cracking games this year and everyone witnessed him grow in confidence. Blessed with height and strength Max needs to learn to use these attributes to his advantage. With stronger marking skills he will dominate. Ryan Melick: Ryan continued to improve as a footy player. Like many on the team, he is a confidence player. He showed excellent discipline and determination in 2015. He is not a quitter. Jeremy Hobbs: Jezza had a great year of


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footy, improving skills and consistency. Strong marking skills and good use of his build will see him dominate in seasons ahead. Over summer Jez needs to focus on his fitness and kicking technique. Xavier Leonard: The X Factor had a super year. He improved and grew in confidence, developed his skills and played some fantastic games. X is blessed with height, speed agility and an abundance of skill. Thomas Osborne: Oz had a fantastic year of footy after his continued improvement since arriving two years ago. His natural talents blossomed along with an ability to read the play. Oz’s skills and burst of speed is outstanding.

Jamie Slade: Jamie progressed so well this season, particularly towards the end. Practice, persistence and determination are now the key to his growth as a player. He has speed, height and can lay a top tackle. Liam Kassif: Liam could be anything when it comes to AFL. He has the height, strength and skill and now also has the choice to make the most of it. This will take practice and persistence. Josh Lander: Josh had a real breakout year. His progress, particularly his kicking, was impressive. He has a bright AFL future if he works on aggression and consistency. Hit the tackle bags over summer.

Daniel Milburn: Burner, the little champion. ‘Buddy’ was a stand-out performer in most of our games this year. What impressed most was his courage and bravery. He never shirked an issue and always attacked the footy despite being one of the smaller players in our team. Archie Gillies: Brownlow is an appropriate nickname for Archie because he is an inspiration, a natural leader and on many occasions this year was the fairest and the best player in our team. Archie’s many acts of courage and bravery uplifted teammates. Summer for Arch’ should be focused on mastering his kicking. Dominic Leonard: The Dominator is a little guy with a big heart and who dominated plenty of games this year. The longer the season went the better he performed. His best came in our last game when you nearly single-handedly inspired the team to victory against the top team. Everyone is excited about the years ahead. Thomas Vercoe: Tank! The General, The Rock, Mr Reliable. It was a pleasure watching his development as a footy player. Tank is best remembered in 2015 for bursting through a pack, with ball in hand, fending off tacklers and kicking the ball long down the field. Thomas Billingham: Tomahawk was a strong part of the team this year and with his mind on the job he could become anything in the game. Tomahawk is blessed with natural talent and with the right approach, will have an awesome AFL journey. 51


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COACH: Andrew Cook ASSISTANT COACH: Mike Andrews TEAM MANAGER: Paul Mulvey

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Character, honour and sportsmanship THEY may have only won two games but if there’s such a thing as an honourable loss, Under 11 Black conducted themselves with great honour all year. Pitched against some very stiff opposition, coaches Andrew Cook and Mike Andrews set some tough goals. We soon learned that finals footy was going to hard to meet, but we certainly fulfilled our aim to have fun, improve, play as a team and never give up. “I was really proud of them, they gave it their all,” Cook says, “they were competitive for all bar a couple of games. “They teamed together really well and their quality of footy at times was excellent, I was often blown away by how well they ran the ball and combined.” A couple of highlights standout – of course the wins over Wests, especially the 12-goal spectacular late in the season.

But the final game against Newtown really typified the kids’ character. It came a few weeks after they beat us by 20 goals, but Drummoyne wasn’t intimidated. We tackled, competed and often outplayed the top team, making them work hard for their win. The kids showed exemplary sportsmanship all year and it’s clear where that attitude comes from – we’d like to thank the parents for their positive support and camaraderie. The Under 11s will now transform into the Canada Bay Cannons. With a few recruits and the same positive attitude, it should be an exciting 2016. James Andrews: Heaps of talent. Always looking to play on. Able to find leading targets with a confident kick. Great evasive skills. Loves a goal. Jack Bannerman: Great team player.


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“I WAS OFTEN BLOWN AWAY BY HOW WELL THEY RAN THE BALL AND COMBINED.” Implements the game plan and puts his body on the line. A safe set of hands overhead with a solid, confident kick. Manfred Besier: Wicked speedster around the fall of the ball. So elusive around the pack that opponents simply cannot tag him. Goal sneak and definite improver in the second half of the season. Ben Cook: Mr Reliable. Orchestrates the defence and takes the responsibility of the kick in. Streams out of the back line to create options in midfield. Lovely left foot kick. Romano Di Stefano: Stylish wingman with lots of speed. Able to fly above the pack and pull down a specky. Key link man in many passages of play through the middle. Cooper Donald: Silky skills. Brings teams mates into the game with his golden disposals. Reads the play and attacks the ball with confidence. Samuel Evans: Gutsy speedster. Throws himself into the contest; knows no other way than to go hard at the ball. Always comes up with a smile. Kicks both feet.

Thea Gallen: (Captain) Great determination. Relentless attack on the ball. Always in the thick of the contest, leading by example. Very consistent performer as captain. James Granger: Had a major impact as ruckman. Gave his rovers lots of first hands on the ball. Big, tall, strong player able to impose himself on the opposition. William Halliday: Mr Utility. Can play anywhere. Wins the contested footy. Loves a run in the guts and can evade and break a tackle. Likes a goal. Very consistent. Finlay MacDonald: Pocket Rocket. Heaps of zip and courage in this AFL veteran. Leaves nothing on the paddock and surprises opponents with his sidestep. Charlie McConville: Tall, powerful forward. Goes hard at the pack to take the mark. Uses his body well to bring the smaller players into the game. Nice set shot for goal. Paddy Mulvey: (Vice Captain). Absolute gun on-baller who always keeps his

feet. There is no contest Paddy will shy away from – a tackling machine. Great motivator. Has a strong contested mark for his size. Connor Ogle: Mr Don’t Argue. Stands strong in defence and makes sure his opponent knows he’s sweating on him. Strong tackler. Occasionally sneaks forward for a shot at goal. Fergus Pullin: Talented, reliable defender. Reads the play well and uses this to attack the ball. Great chest mark on the last line of defence. Definite improver over the season.

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COACHES: Charles Gorman Tim Clark TEAM MANAGER: Melanie Willis

A season marked by passion, perseverance IT was about participation and development for the U12/2 Cannons in 2015 and the late season match against Ramsgate showed just what this team could do. Okay, there were a few losses, but we never let our heads down. We kept trying and this is what life is about. As the saying goes: “It’s not how many times you get knocked down that count, it’s how many times you get back up”. To its credit, the team showed this. What they didn’t get on the scoreboard, they made up for in sheer passion and perseverance. The players gave it their all – week in, week out – improving with every game. As coaches, we could not be prouder. Thank you to all our parents who were such great volunteers for team duties… you know who you are! It’s a group effort that keeps the club alive. Joshua Arnolda: A classy player who showed a steely focus throughout the season. 54

Daniel Feneley: With a determination and a leap that Nic Naitanui would be proud of, Dan showed his class and willingness to work hard for the team. Jeremy Fallon: Started the season slowly, but this boy is fast. Once we realised that he loved the challenge of playing on the best opposition players, he never looked back. Louis Pribula: Skilful left footer. Put him somewhere and the ball just comes to him and he does not let it get past. Cameron McLean: Skilful right footer. On the wing creating space, running through the middle at pace or chasing down an opponent, Cam was one player the opposition wanted to keep away from the ball. Anton Demark: Classy goal sneak with skills on both feet. Once he learned that standing behind the tallest opponent was not conducive to taking great marks, he created opportunities in the forward line for all.

Gabriella Stanwix: What else can we say other than she repelled more invasions that the great Wall of China? She stopped so many attacks. Gabriel Willis: Young Gabe became a regular back pocket flanker, showing his developing football brain to out position and out think his taller and stronger opponents. Patrick Chrystie: Trying to get Pat to play in the backline was the greatest challenge of the year which was generally fair as Pat created so much movement up forward with his power leads and great hands. Tynon Scroggie: He rucks, he marks everything, he runs, he kicks it a mile. What else can we say about Tynon? This year, he used his skill to create opportunities to involve the rest of the team as well. Nathan Wrigley: Try to get past him and he rips the ball from your hands and sends it forward. Kick it near him and more often than not, he marks


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“IT’S NOT HOW MANY TIMES YOU GET KNOCKED DOWN THAT COUNT, IT’S HOW MANY TIMES YOU GET BACK UP.” it and sends it forward. The heart of the backline but occasionally blasted forward to create havoc for our opponents. Bailey Newham: Big, strong and skilful, he played ruck, halfback and half forward. As the season went on, Bailey showed more of his talent. Can’t wait for next year. Jack Mayne: As the season developed so did Jack. He started to use his strength and positioned himself to stop the ball, the opposition and even the occasional passing wildebeest. Luca Mulcahy: If anyone illustrated the development the team seeks, it was Luca. As the season progressed, so did Luca’s kicking; as the season went on, fewer balls got past him.

Against Ramsgate, Luca stopped at least four goals. Rory Eggleton: Wanted to play rugby but taught us all a little about playing strong, tough footy. There’s no player a team would rather have in the middle of a pack than Rory. Magnus Wood: Committed. Focused. This quiet achiever showed us the value of persistence. Kept trying and by the end of the season, he’d developed into a key support. Tom Connell: Tough, focused and committed. Feared by the opposition, loved by his team. Send him forward for a goal or back to plug a hole. Pat Van Der Wel: ‘Don’t get Pat mad’ is a lesson some opposition teams learned. Once the fuse was lit, Pat’s speed and

determination showed, something we hope returns next year. William Gorman: The tackling machine, the goal sneak, the spirit of the team. Down forward for a goal or in the centre to stop the opposition run. Dogged persistence showed the team how it was done. Harrison Dunlop: New to the game he may have been, and game he certainly was. May have started off looking to pass the ball backwards but by the end of the season his kicks forward helped us score. Put Harry up to chase down an opposition player and we were sure to help balance a game in our favour. Jake Keogh: The smiling assassin. Always happy and ready to get amongst it. A couple of rugby passes early in the season were soon replaced with kicks and hand-passes. His improvement over the season was inspiring. Alexander Judge: While he may have learnt his skills with a round ball, the odd bounce of the oval ball didn’t slow him down at all. Sweeping wide and creating space with his speed, Alex played AFL midfield to a T. 55


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COACH: Nick Angelos TEAM MANAGER: Paul Sabine

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A reputation for taking on every contest “OUR coaches still tell us how important it is to have every contest,” were the words of GWS Giant Nathan Wilson during pre-season training and this became the theme for the Under 13 Division team in 2015. During the season, the boys did their best to create contests and all the teams in the competition knew that when they played the Cannons, they were in for a tough game. With a team that regularly included six or more boys who were under 12 players, we were almost always physically outsized and often outnumbered by our opponents. But this didn’t stop the boys competing fiercely for the ball. At the end of the season, the Under 13 Division 3 boys had won three of their 14 games, lost two narrowly after having had more shots at goal and lost another three after being within two goals at threequarter time. “While we were competitive in most matches and we were not always rewarded on the scoreboard, I was thrilled to see the development of the boys’ skills and the spirit with which they played each week,” said Coach Nick Angelos. Team manager Paul Sabine, agreed,

adding that “the team bonded really well during the season and it was really pleasing to see them enjoy both the football and each other’s company”. Regular runner for the team, Manfred Robitschko said that he thought “the season ended just that little bit too early. In the last few weeks the boys were starting to peak.” There were lots of highlights during the season, but the thing that impressed the coach most was the willingness of the boys to make contests and create opportunities. “Looking back, I can remember lots of passages of play that started with one boy who was willing to take on an opponent. In some instances, I think the boys surprised themselves with what they were capable of on a football field.” “Some moments do stand out, like Nick Sabine saving a goal at one end of Trumper Park before we moved the ball ‘coast-to-coast’ for a goal, Jordan Mastrogiannis’ solo efforts slotting three goals at Olds Park and the ferocious tackling of Riley Nelson against Heathcote.” “Boys like Jake Williams, Oscar Van Hal and Nick Sabine developed their


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“…THE SEASON ENDED JUST THAT LITTLE BIT TOO EARLY. IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS THE BOYS WERE STARTING TO PEAK.” football skills and formed the basis of our ever-reliable defence, supported by Ben Chamberlain and Jacob Eller.” “The midfield – Gabe Preston, Sebastian Robitschko, Riley Nelson, Damo Sullivan, Martti Zenos and Oscar Bowhill-Hayes – developed their hardness at the ball and showed they were capable of working with Jordan to win the majority centre clearances. Thomas Moussa made the wing his own and he was rewarded in the last game of the year with an intercept mark and spectacular goal from the boundary line.” “Our forward line of Hugh McMahon, who proved to be a real warrior riding several heavy hits during the season, Maxim Angelos, Rohan Maurer and Liam Loughrey all made the most of their chances in front of goal. They also seemed to relish the opportunities on the ball or in the back line,” Angelos said.

“One boy who played some fantastic football in the second half of the season was full forward Edward Ford. After we lost Zayn Melhem because of injury we looked to Ed to help out in the ruck, but he also showed his versatility by holding up key defensive positions as well.” During the season the team lost a few players due to injury with Damian Sullivan and Zayn Melhem both missing at least six matches. Support came from Under 13 Division 2 and U12 boys, who doubled up occasionally. “I would like to thank Dave Sullivan who coached the team for the first few matches, Paul Sabine who was a fantastic team manager and all our willing parents. I would especially like to acknowledge the efforts of Marjo Punto for ensuring the Cannons had the cleanest jerseys in the competition,” Angelos said. Go Cannons! 57


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HEAD COACH: Dean Lee ASSISTANT COACH: Tony Gillies TEAM MANAGER: Mark Watmore

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Season built on self-belief FOOTBALL can be a roller-coaster. Promise can turn to disappointment and when all odds are against you, the unexpected can happen to send dreams into orbit. The Canada Bay Cannons U13s had a sluggish start to the season as they matched up against bigger, stronger opponents. And with so many new players to the club, it took half a dozen games and a few disappointments before they truly gelled as a unit. From the half-way point of the season the Cannons’ U13 Division 2 team became unstoppable, winning their final six games straight to storm into the finals. Their belief in each other became their trademark. But they backed this up with undeniable football skill to stamped their authority on the competition and become contenders. Head coach Dean Lee said while there was always luck in football, his team had the heart to win the contests that mattered. “They have skill, they have size and they have talent. But what the back half of the season gave them was confidence,” Lee said. They became very good at backing themselves when the chips were down. If an opponent got on top them, our boys just dug deep, they did the job and found a way to win.” The Cannons became used to playing

under pressure. Every match of the season’s second half was a “grand final”, a must-win to stay in the race. As every match passed, their confidence grew and they reached the elimination semi-final against Western Suburbs. Sadly, with key players out, the Cannons were seemingly spent and though they fought gallantly, they were unable to progress further in the finals. The season at an end, the post-match meeting was nonetheless upbeat. Proud of their achievements, the Under 13/2 Cannons took a lot from the experience and vowed to return in 2016 to go even further. With that promise, the coaches reflect on the season and run their ruler over the 2015 playing roster: Aiden Bell: Fast, strong and athletic. An excellent midfielder who troubled a lot of opposition players. Hard to beat to the ball. Joshua Billingham: A great option on the wing. Good attack on the ball and nice natural skills to back it up. Player to watch. Oscar Bowhill-Hayes: Tough and determined defender not afraid to take a bump or give one off when needed. Played a very good season. Jack Carroll: Strong player who uses his body well to get to the ground balls. Reliable defender but also good on the half forward line. Jack Croll: Size doesn’t matter. Not the biggest player but plenty of courage. Backs it all up with good skills too. Good kick and good ability in tight contests. Cassidy Cummins: Tall forward blessed with sized and good natural skill. Able to move into the ruck where he performed well. Joel Ditcham: One of the most skilful players on the team. Gave us the X-Factor with his precision kicking and skilled handball disposals. Jaden Fuata: A go-getter, Jaden brought a lot to this team. A genuine utility player with excellent ability. Will Gibbs: Livewire utility player. Great in the centre but a real surprise packet


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“WE NOW HAVE SELF-BELIEF. PLAYERS GREW TO TRUST AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND IN THE END MOMENTUM WAS ON OUR SIDE.”

in the forward line. Elusive and skilful, a great goal-sneak. Led the forward line. Gus Gillies: Rugged defender, a backline leader. Plays his best during tight contests for the loose ball. Looking for a big 2016 as he develops his kicking strength. Sam Gregoric: The Cannon Under 13s biggest player. An imposing forward with formidable natural ability. Injury free, Sam can be unstoppable. Jack Hauschild: The heart and soul of the team. A natural leader who trains hard and plays his game hard. Backs all of this up with great skill – strong kick and mark.

Ethan Jamieson: We all became fans of Ethan’s work ethic and courage. Could put him anywhere on the field and even filled in well when called on to ruck. Bodey Lambert: Fast, excellent reader of play. Key midfielder and small forward. A real asset for the team. Joshua Lee: The skipper who lets his skills do the talking. Hard worker with a strong kick and good vision. A real “goto” player. George Maniakas: A first year player but the real surprise packet of the season. A strong forward who never gives in. Great reader of play who bags a lot of goals. Mathew Maronese: The mainstay of the Cannons’ defensive line. Held tight and saved plenty of goals and turned defence into attack on many occasions. Finn Murphy: A very exciting player. The fastest man on the team with great

athletic ability. Cannons were at their best with Finn sprinting down the flank in an attacking raid. Michael Tannous: The smallest player on the team... but also one of the toughest. Also possesses the best sidestep we’ve ever seen. Jonathan Titmarsh: Really developed well as a strong forward as the season progressed. Good tall target with so much promise. Michael Tomarchio: Gritty but skilful defender who is equally adept as a midfielder. Plenty of talent and bulk to trouble plenty of defenders. Ethan Watmore: Awesome athlete. Great size and ability and a key player. In the midfield or ruck he really controlled things but highly dependable defender when it counts.

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COACH: Andrew Hamilton TEAM MANAGER: Sid Hewgill

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The unexpected giant killers A GROUP of still very inexperienced young men returned in 2015 combined with a couple of boys returning from other sports and who were playing the game for the first time to form a core group of 12–14 players that was to become the U14 Division 3 side. Knowing that numbers were going to be tight each week, a plan was developed which incorporated U14 Division 1 and U13 players to underpin the Division 3 side to ensure that a team was fielded each week. The side did not have a permanent coach and relied on the assistance of Andrew Hamilton and Adam Newport (2014 Division 3 coach) to guide the team through the season. Being competitive and aspiring to play finals football was not the goal at the beginning of the season. Rather it was as basic as providing an opportunity for boys to play and keep playing the game that we all love. No one could have predicted the highs that this team achieved nor their foray into finals contention with four games remaining in the season. While

the eventual outcome was that the team was not able to maintain its midseason form and hold its position in fourth place, Coach Hamilton said he was “immensely proud – and the boys should be too – of their achievement to combine as a team and achieve the success that they did”. “We witnessed a step up in the physicality of the contest with a number of boys experiencing broken arms and fingers. What started as a patchwork team provided so many individual and team highlights during the season,” he said. Ben Wrigley’s four goals from centre halfback against top of the table Westbrook; Jakob O’Loughlin’s three kicks and three goals against Easts in a well beaten side; Jackson Bursill’s three goals against Hornsby in the team’s first win of the season; Tom Keogh’s bustling defensive work against often much taller opponents; Bryson Hart’s stirring quarter break encouragement; Luke Walton’s tackle and awarding of


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holding the ball against a much bigger opponent against Westbrook; Ben Wrigley’s aggressive runs through the middle of the ground and long kicking; and Hayden Bui’s dive across in front of his opponent to spoil against Easts in the last quarter. From a team perspective, Hamilton lists the following highlights: Winning of the last quarter against Easts when they were well beaten and clearly down on confidence; Foray into finals contention with four games to go; Comprehensive win against second placed Forest after they beat us by 100 points in round 1; and finally and most importantly Come from behind win against the unbeaten and top side Westbrook in what was one of the most physical and intimidating games of youth football witnessed for many years. The team would not have walked across the white line each week without the considerable support of a number of key volunteers. Thanks are extended to the Team Manager Sid Hewgill for his tireless pursuit of players

“NO ONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED THE HIGHS THAT THIS TEAM ACHIEVED NOR THEIR FORAY INTO FINALS CONTENTION WITH FOUR GAMES REMAINING IN THE SEASON.” and communication with parents each week and for fulfilling the responsibilities of Team Manager. To Garry Philips (U14 Division 1 coach) and Dean Lee (U13 Division 2 coach) for their co-ordinated efforts each week to enable players to back-up and underpin the side and to Adam Newport for stepping in to coach the team when I was not available. Thanks are extended to the U13 Division 2 players in particular Jack Hauschild, Josh Lee and Joel Ditcham and all other U13 Division 2 and 3 players and to the U14 Division 1 players who backed up week in and week out to play for the team. Lastly, thanks to the mums and dads for entrusting us with your boys and to the parents of the boys who backed up each week to ensure that the team had sufficient players. 61


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COACHES: Garry Phillips, Vaughan Paul TEAM MANAGER: Dani Corliss

Courageous Cannons had us cheering WELL played team. Falling short in the grand final was not the ending we would have liked, but hold your heads high, Cannons. It was a magnificent season nevertheless so let’s reflect on the journey. The team ventured to Canberra in the pre-season for some fun, team bonding, War Memorial tour and Giants game; somewhere in the middle of which two games of footy broke-out. Early signs were pleasing with the Cannons playing good team footy and dusting off their opponents. Jackson Hering an early stand-

out with his marking and left foot passing. Thanks to Noel Ford, Greg Baxter and Adrian Walton for their efforts in making it a great trip. The season started with a fine win against the tall timber of St Ives, followed by a courageous last quarter comeback win against Manly, a disappointing loss to Mossman Willoughby, then a string of victories… and “whooshka” top of the ladder! But it was a Friday night win at Drummoyne Oval against traditional rivals East Sydney that ignited the season.

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Despite having some serious talent (four players) on the sidelines due to injury, the team stormed to a magnificent six goal win. A truly impressive team performance in which Jimmy Loughnan and Angus McNamara (the team Captains) and Tom Baxter showed terrific leadership, skill and muscle, Jordan Hill turned on the jets and Brendan Ford (seven goals) and Ely Corliss (three goals) provided the sharp shooting. A stirring rendition of the club song followed. Thereafter, the team welcomed back the hard running and skilful Luke Gallen, Blaise McKee, Fraser Phillips and Ryan Shirlaw. Good team work, skilful ball winning and disposal, switching the play and a commitment to best efforts have

subsequently characterised the team’s play...along with Ben Wrigley’s inspirational dashes from half-back, Josh Paul’s hard running (even after the City to Surf) and Bodey Lambert’s on-field commentary (often when in possession). Yes, we do things a bit differently at the Cannons, except when it comes to Christian names…we have a fleet of very capable Joshuas. It has been a pleasure welcoming Tom Baxter, Aaron Hawkes and Jordan Hill to the Cannons this season. They’ve excelled and complement a core group that has been together since Auskick. Consecutive losses to finish the home and away fixture saw the boys slip to second place at the end of the minor

round. While not an ideal lead in to finals, no-one was about to panic and the real Cannons turned up in the semi-final after a call to arms from our spiritual leader Dani (and brilliant Team Manager). It was a courageous, come from behind semi-final victory against East Sydney that saw the boys become the first Cannons teams to make a Grand Final. After a week’s break, the Cannons lined up against Easts, who had the second chance and this time it was Easts turn to take victory. While obviously disappointed, the boys can be proud of their performance this season – the Club certainly is. U14 Division 1 team – a great group of boys and parents. 63


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When the Power met the Wildcats, it was game on THE season saw a slow start as six Drummoyne Power girls desperately searched for others to join them to make up a team. A few recruits were found from the younger age groups and then the Willoughby Wildcats put up their hand to become a joint venture team. The Drummoyne girls brought experience and the Willoughby girls, with an average age of 10 years, were keen to show the skills they had learnt on Sunday morning skill sessions. In addition to about 10 players, Willoughby provided the coach, Mike Maiolo, who chipped away, Sunday after

Sunday, to teach the girls about playing home and away footy. The girls had a few challenging rounds against more experienced campaigners from Kellyville and Southern Power but used these matches to learn from their oppositions and take those new skills into the next round. Sometimes, these games were really hard but the girls never gave up and (as our favourite goal umpire was heard to quip after a sterling effort by the girls in a hard fought match), “occasionally footy broke out!”. It was great to watch the girls’ confidence grow each week – they were


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able to leap higher, take a mark, kick a goal and, as the season progressed, even bounce the ball as they made some metres on an attacking run. The older girls used their shepherding skills to help the younger, smaller players grab the ball and get it off to a team mate. On a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon at Middle Head Oval, the girls really showed the opposition how far they had developed during the season when they took on the higher placed Queenwood team and came away the victors. A highlight of the season was the girl’s exhibition match against Glebe/ Newtown U14YG in the inaugural Reclink Inner West Cup played in front of a large crowd at Henson Park. Playing on a full field, and in front of many more fans that they are used to, the girls relished the extra space and put together some great passages of play showing Coach Mike that they really could play flowing footy! The Drummoyne-Willoughby team was successful in winning the Trophy and belted out the team song for all to hear. With the growth and development of footy skills throughout the year from all the players 2016 we can’t wait for the new season to start in 2016.

“… THE GIRLS RELISHED THE EXTRA SPACE AND PUT TOGETHER SOME GREAT PASSAGES OF PLAY SHOWING COACH MIKE THAT THEY REALLY COULD PLAY FLOWING FOOTY!”

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COACH: Max Friend TEAM MANAGER: Jeremy Stanwix

Powerful women on-field warriors THE Youth Girls U18 brought together many new and some established players from across the Inner West and St Scholastica under the watchful eye of master coach Max Friend. The emphasis on fitness, fun and – above all – performance culminated in a hard fought Grand Final against Maroubra. These girls did us proud, going down with their heads held high. Congrats girls! Maddie Dean: A hard inside midfielder with blistering pace who applies enormous pressure on the ball carrier. Strong in the air. Showed great leadership – on and off field. Isabelle Murray: A consistent midfielder who can run all day. Bell’s biggest strength is her ability to run and carry the ball and get to every contest. Finds plenty of space, has strong hands and is able to read the flight of the ball well. Bailie Mahon: A tall forward / deep forward option. When the ball drops to ground Bailie is on the move, ready to 66

pounce. She has a good game sense. One of the biggest improvers of 2015. Djanala Svagelli: Our rock solid full back with exceptional strength, great hands and a booming kick. Excellent game sense and works well with our mid-field. We wish DJ well as she steps up a gear to senior footy in 2016! Taylor Blaydon: A quick winger who plays her best football in short, fast bursts. Provides a good link up option and will always get around the contest. At full speed Taylor will run through her opponents leaving a trail of devastation. Gabby Stanwix: A small forward/ defender who impresses with her ability to break the lines and tendency to kick a freakish goal. Knows where to find the goals and uses her ability to read the play to get in the best position to gather the ball. Jarawan Dixon: In her first year JD showed versatility and was strong over the ball. Has extremely safe hands and

a fantastic work-rate. Exceptional in the ruck. A natural footballer. Rookie of the Year. Tahila Smare: A no-fuss defender whose biggest strength is her tackling and “don’t argue” attitude. Not afraid to get down to the footy and push through the packs. Can also put a solid hit on. Charlotte Stanwix: Charlotte’s rapid improvement throughout the year was seen when she attacked the ball and showed her ability to weave through the packs and kick some impressive goals. A versatile player, who showed promise in the air. Chloe Arndt: A classy outside midfielder who has all the natural skills to not only run through the middle but also push forward and find the goals. Her elite kicking skills, her evasiveness, ability to take marks and dictate play make her extremely valuable. Female Footballer of the Year, Players’ Player, Club Best and Fairest.


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Matilda Friend: A classic inside midfielder who has explosive speed and aggression. Naturally competitive, which drives her passion on field. Her hardness, attack on the football and tackling has seen her become the most ferocious footballer in the competition. Association Best and Fairest, Club R/U Best and Fairest.

Alex James: The kind of player that gives headaches to opposition coaches. When forward, all we have to do is pop the ball up in the air and know that with her strength and ability, Alex will end up with the ball one way or another. Fantastic skills. Tyiesha Tighe: A ruck/forward with a big leap, good set of hands and athletic characteristics that are made for footy. A dangerous player, Ty was crucial to the structure of the team and always would run herself into the ground. Alice Dennison: Uses her strength to her advantage providing some good hits and tackles in the forward and backline. Able to push through congestion. Strong marking capabilities. Alice’s improvement has been a pleasure to watch. Sissy Tull (Vice Captain): Sissy has a fearless attack on the ball. Some of the highlights of the year came from Sissy’s fearsome tackles and bursts of speed

“THE EMPHASIS ON FITNESS, FUN AND – ABOVE ALL – PERFORMANCE CULMINATED IN A HARD FOUGHT GRAND FINAL AGAINST MAROUBRA.” Sueling Ahoy: Susy’s biggest strength is her pair of hands and willingness to leap for the football, timing the ball perfectly in the air and often taking big pack marks. Susy also has elite evasive skills; she weaves and turns her opponents inside out.

that saw her breaking packs and running the ball. Natural leadership skills. Ebony Carberry: A defender who can take any opponent. Ebony only has focus for the ball and wins it on the ground or in the air. Anyone that got in the way was sure to feel it for the next few days.

Chekena Wilson (Captain): A classic key forward with exceptional leadership skills. Chekena is a marking forward with good evasive skills. Chekena is the player you want with the ball in their hands after the siren when you are one point down. Gabby Ferreira: Played as a rebounding defender. Gabby shows football maturity above her years. Knows when to push forward and when to run back. Her biggest strengths are her intercept marking and rebound outside of the 50. Finds space with ease and this led to many exciting runs down the field. Madyson Jayne: Mad Dog was extremely versatile – a dangerous forward target, displaying safe hands and an accurate kick, but also skilled in defence. Good awareness around the ground. Isabelle Yard: Izzy filled many roles for us and was valuable wherever we put her. Can run through the middle on the wing and also filled positions in the forward and back pockets. A really good set of hands and a good sense of where her teammates are. Liz Barnes: Has elite endurance and runs all day. While predominately playing half back, Liz can play anywhere on the ground. Quick. Wins lots of contested football. Good inside, outside and aerial ability make her a completely rounded player. Indi Samra: An inside midfielder who covers a lot of ground and reads the play well. Good endurance, wins plenty of clearances. Able to pinpoint her passes. Most Improved Player award winner. 67


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COACH: Danny Mason ASSISTANT COACHES: Craig Lambert Glen Burgess TEAM MANAGER: Sean Rankin

Drummoyne Power: 2015 Premiers! BRINGING together a group of boys that have never played together can often be a difficult task however right from the very first session of our pre-season it was evident that it wouldn’t be difficult at all with this group of boys. Comprising roughly half of the boys returning from Power U17 last year, and the other half coming up from Cannons U15, their unity was very strong from that very first session. With our pre-season schedule put together with some help from staff at

the GWS Giants, it was fair to say that by Round 1 the boys were sick and tired of Sprints, Van Berlo runs & 200s – they just wanted to play footy! Our season got off to a great start with a 102-point win in Round 1, and continued along with some similar results until our first defeat against Manly in Round 6. School commitments, combined with some injury and illness meant we played with 16 players and despite our first loss, the boys showed amazing character and determination to stay in the

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game and we actually drew level in the last quarter before the effort told and we went down narrowly. We re-grouped quickly and the next week we beat the previously undefeated Cronulla. It was around this time that we knew we had a very resilient group of boys who were determined to make the year something special. Our only other defeat for the regular season was in remarkably similar circumstances to our loss in Round 6 – school commitments, injury & illness again meant that we took the field against Newtown-Wests with only 16 players, and again the boys showed fantastic determination when it would have been very easy to throw in the towel. We lost by one point against a quality opposition and despite the boys being very disappointed, this game showed the coaches and parents that the group was destined to have a big impact come finals time.


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We finished the season with the minor premiership, which was a great reward for our effort. The return of some boys from injury meant we went into our first final against Cronulla with a strong list. The boys showed some steely resolve throughout the game, which ended in tough conditions, to come out on top by 20 points and proceed through to the Grand Final. Our Grand Final was played against Newtown-Wests and was a first class game of AFL. Our opponents came out strongly, and had a nine points lead at quarter time. Power refused to lay down, and came back strongly in the second quarter to take a 28-24 lead at the major break. At three-quarter time, Power led 7-4 (46) to 6-1 (37) but the Black Swans weren’t giving up and inched within three

points of the lead, with just five minutes on the clock. The Power came back strongly and swiftly. A goal by Lachlan Burgess gave some breathing room… a second snap at goal by co-Captain Billy Lambert – moments after returning to the ground with a cut on his head hastily bandaged – put the trophy beyond doubt. The final score 10-7 (67) to 8-2 (50). It was a measure of the respect the two teams had for each other to see the Drummoyne boys clap their opponents off the field. Congratulations to Riley Lucas, who was nominated the Best on Ground by the umpires. On behalf of Craig, Glen & Sean, I’d like to say a big thanks to the boys for the season. When we think back on our two aims at the start of the season of making the boys better players and better people,

there is no doubt we have achieved the first aim. We can’t take too much credit for the second aim (parents, take a bow!) but we can say that they are collectively a great group of boys, have displayed amazing determination, discipline, courage and respect, and are genuinely fun to be around. These may not be traits they always show at home but it is amazing what impact a team environment can have on people – we hope we’ve displayed that. To all the parents & volunteers, thank you. I know Sean never had any problems filling the volunteer positions each week – special thanks to our regular goal umpire Anthony, and our regular boundary umpires Richard & Sprout. To those finishing their junior career with Drummoyne Power, thanks for your contribution to a great club, and good luck for your footballing future.

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Record year for our growing umpiring group DRUMMOYNE Power and the Canada Bay Cannons provide a large proportion of the umpires used in the Sydney City region. Umpires train on Monday evenings at Alan Davidson Oval and are allocated games on Saturday and Sunday, umpiring ages from U9 through to U17 and U18 Youth Girls. Just as for successful teams, umpires are rewarded for competence with finals’ appearances. Umpires who excel on the field are offered field appointments during the finals series as recognition of their efforts. Congratulations to the following umpires who were recognised in this way: Thomas Queenan, Josh Hamilton, Nic Ford, Ben Wrigley, Bryson Hart, Xavier Nelson and Riley Nelson. The highlight of the year though was Drummoyne Power’s Thomas Queenan, awarded the prestigious Silver Whistle award for umpiring excellence at the Sydney Juniors awards night. “We lead the way with our talented and dedicated umpires in terms of strong numbers, high quality and both experience and new talent coming through,” Drummoyne Power Umpire Ambassador Gavin Nelson said. Umpire Coach Stirling Coates said it was “really encouraging” that Drummoyne Power and the Cannons “provide such a large proportion of the Sydney City umpires which has a direct correlation with the great culture within the club”. Another coach, Zoe Vicic, a longtime Drummoyne Power club person,

is showing the way with her own umpiring, as well as building in the next generation of umpires with her coaching responsibilities. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed coaching this group this year, their commitment and desire to learn is reflected individually in their significant improvement,” she said. Coates and Vicic provided this feedback on the club’s umpiring cohort. Aiden Bell: Has done well in his first year of umpiring with continued development from his first game and strong commitment and willingness to learn at training. Gabe Beswick: Another solid season of umpiring, Gabe is one of the leaders of the group and has continued on from his Next Generation squad. Darby Durack: Another regular participant at training and continues to develop confidence and game sense umpiring at a higher level this year. Nic Ford: Nic has taken on some additional coaching responsibility helping the juniors at their training and is also excelling at senior AFL Sydney goal umpiring making the Premier Division finals panel for the first time. Joshua Hamilton: In his second year, Joshua’s umpiring has taken on new levels with strong consistency, commitment to train and willingness to learn and take on additional opportunities. These attributes were key in Joshua being awarded with member’s seats to a Swans game.

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Aaron Hawkes: Has gone really well in his first year of umpiring, a confident umpire that is eager to develop by asking lots of questions which has led to older age group appointments. Harrison Hanford: Harrison has developed significantly as an umpire with a desire to excel in all aspects of umpiring, leading to him being appointed to higher levels. Bryson Hart: Continues to develop his skills as an umpire, is very confident and continually learning – with further development will rise to greater heights. Jack Hauschild: Works very hard, had


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Top: Thomas Queenan, third from left, receives his Silver Whistle Award for excellence in Umpiring at the Sydney Juniors Awards Night.

some very good performances in his first year and has consistently improved throughout by displaying good decision making and positioning. Patrick Hewgill: A first year umpire who shows promise for the future. Harrison Lee: One of the senior umpires of the group who has developed to umpiring at higher levels this year. Throughout the year has been dedicated to mentoring junior umpires, which in turn has benefitted his own game. Riley Nelson: A very enthusiastic umpire, who has excelled in his first year. Commitment to training is great and is

always willing to take on advice to improve. Xavier Nelson: Xavier this year has become a regular U17’s umpire that we have confidence in handling tough games. This year has taken his umpiring to the next level, and has been rewarded with finals appointments. Thomas Queenan: Thomas has had another strong year finishing with him taking out the Silver Whistle Award for the City region. His dedication to umpiring has seen him continue to umpire at higher levels.  Patrick Sabine: A leader within the

umpiring group who sets great examples and can go very far with his umpiring career. Nicky Sabine: Nicky has had a great first year umpiring showing confidence and composure beyond his years. Ben Wrigley: Ben has really come a long way in 2015, and has also helped with mentoring the younger umpires in the group. Marti Zenos: Joined later in the season, did really with the games he did and will definitely benefit from a full season.

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CLUB SONGS DRUMMOYNE POWER

CANADA BAY CANNONS

We’ve got the Power to win The Power to rule, Come on, Drummoyne aggression!

See the Cannons fire up… UP! To win each game that we play

We’re the Power from Drummoyne So come on and join The true Drummoyne tradition! We’ll never stop, stop, stop ‘Til we���re top, top, top There’s history here in the making. We’ve got the Power to win We’ll never give in ‘Til the flag is ours for the taking

Our boys who come from the inner-west, Are always striving to give it their best See the Cannons fire up... UP! The other teams they don’t fear-r-r They all try their best But they can’t get near As the Cannons fire up

(Who are we?) Drummoyne Power!

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