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Season Report 2012


2012 Season Report

Annual Awards Each rugby league season, Penshurst RSL Rugby League recognises the efforts and achievements of its members and players with the presentation of a number of annual awards. Some are club based awards whereas others are team based. They include… Kevin O’Brien Award - “Obie”

In recognition of continuous outstanding & dedicated service to Penshurst RSL Rugby League

Bill Spaull Award

Club person of the Year

Lionel Barker Award

Coach of the Year

Tom Phillips Award

Senior Players Clubman of the Year

Bob Barr Award

Junior Players Clubman of the Year

Syd Davis Award

Best On Field Achievement by a Junior Player (u6 to u15)

Mitchell Wykes Award

Most valued team contribution by a senior player

Ken Prentice Award

Most Dedicated ‘C’ Grade Player

Fred Neams Award

Highest Try Scoring Forward in 'C' Grade

Mick Norris Award

under 13s Players’ Player

Stan Root Award

Best Defensive Player from the Under 10s

Jim Pittis Award

Most Consistent Player from the Under 7s

Stirrers Award

For the club member considered to be the biggest stirrer

Kevin O’Brien Memorial Award – ‘Obie’ The ‘Obie’ is awarded in recognition of continuous outstanding & dedicated service to Penshurst RSL Rugby League, and is only awarded above and beyond Life Membership. The following people have been so recognised by the club… Year

‘Obie’ Recipient

2002 2003 2004 2008

Rick Waters Brian McCulloch Max Simmons Ken Harris


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Life Members In recognition and appreciation of their hard work over an extended period of time, Penshurst RSL Rugby League has made the following people Life members of the club… Year

Life Members

1971 1972 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1983 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1992 1994 1995 1997 2000 2004 2006

Kevin O'Brien Stan Root Gorden Lowrie Leo Betts Lionel Barker Jack Gordon Don Muir Col Burgess Tom Phillips Anthony Barker Ray Lillas Rick Haywood Bill Hall Anthony Barnes Chris Renshaw Kevin Baxter Geoff DeVaise Ian Bond Graeme Hemopo Michael Baihn

Rex Notley

Ken Prentice Eric Ellis Ted Nielsen

Rick Waters Michael O'Brien Kevin Nieass Joe Arnold Peter O'Sullivan Max Simmons

Brian McCulloch

Tony Grimaldi

Ken Harris

Bill Spaul Memorial Award – Clubperson of the Year Each year Penshurst RSL Rugby League rewards the outstanding commitment to the club during that year by one of its members. Recent Club persons of the year have been… Year 2011

Clubperson of the Year Justin Hopper

2010

Donna Kopa and Tammy Simmonds Leonie Dufty Glenn Dufty Matt and Colleen Sloane Darryn Springett Kelly and Darren Campbell Debby Lee

2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Year

Clubperson of the Year

2003 2002

Darren Campbell Martin Taylor

2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996

Ken Harris Cathy Crowe Narell Ralph Denise Clapson Geoff DeVaise Graeme Hemopo

Foundation Members Our founding members that formed Penshurst RSL Rugby League back in 1961 were… Kevin O’Brien I. Green Stan Root K. Clarke Rex Notley


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Premierships Penshurst RSL Rugby League’s success on the field is reflected in the premierships that it has won over the years… Grade

A B C/u19 D E U16 u15 u14 u13 u12 u11 u10 u9 u8 u7

Premierships Won

1988 1975 1974u 1973 1966* 2009b 1970 1969u 1970 1968 1974u 1969u 1970 1969 1970

1989 1982 1975 1978 1971 2012b 1973 1973 1974u 1975 1975u 1973 1972u 1970 1977

1993 1983 1980 1986 1974

2012b 1985 1981

1986 1982u

1987 1990

1992 1993

1995

1977

1978

1980

1985

1988

1974 1975 1976 1976 1980 1979 1978 1971 1980

1976 1976 1977 1986 1982 2006Gr 1984 1972u

1978 1978 1982 1996 1985 2011u 1995 1977u

1999 1998 1997 2012 Gr 1995 2012u 2005u;Gr 1981

2003 2002 2000b

2007b

2006s

2010b

2012 2010u 1996b

2011u 1997b

Legend * Our 1st ever Premiership u Undefeated b B-Grade in that age group Gr Green team s South Sydney competition

Club Championships In addition, Penshurst RSL Rugby League has been Club Champions in the following years… Seniors Juniors

1970 1970

1976 1971

1980 1972

1981 1973

1985 1974

1989 1976

1991 1977

2011

2012

2011b


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President’s Report

2012 was surely a year to remember and I feel honoured to have been involved. As we all know there have been many great on field accomplishments and enjoyable times off the field. The stand out for me was the winning the JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIOSHIP for the second year in a row which goes hand in hand with fielding 19 teams ( highest in the Junior league) and close to 300 registered players. Other major highlights for the year are as follows: • • • • • • •

Five premiership winning teams the first time since 1978 we have won that many A Grade premiers for the first time since 1993 13 out of 15 teams making the semi finals Under 11 grand final featuring two Penshurst teams. Grand final weekend End of season Dinner dance at Conca D’ora Our continued growth in sponsorship with again two new major sponsors – Noppen Air and Eastlakes Dental Surgery as well as Penshurst RSL, Professionals Real Estate and Soil n Stuff continuing there major contributions to the club.

Teams and Performances 2012 we increased the number of teams from 14 to 19 teams. This consisted of 297 players spread over 4 minis, 9 mods and 6 international teams. It was especially good to see the Under 19’s returning. At the beginning of the season with an increase of registrations in many of our ages the executive committee along with the existing coaches decided we would stretch


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our resources and added an extra team in the under 9’s,10’s and 11’s. As has been the “unwritten policy” Penshurst does not like to turn away players and we believe every child deserves the chance to have a game of footy. This did cause some heartache at times but in the end all bar one (who finished 5th) of our mod teams made the semi finals. In true Penshurst spirit there was plenty of boys helping out the age group above whenever they may have been needed. Great work boys. When the first weekend of semi finals came along we had 13 out of a possible 15 teams playing. After the weekend we had two teams (Under 10 Gold and 11 greens) go straight to the GF and all other teams were off to play the finals at Kogarah Oval the following Saturday. It was a real green and gold day with the day starting off with a remarkable win by the Under 9 whites coming from 22 behind to score in the last 5 seconds to win. Next up was the 10 greens and they tried valiantly but were beaten by the strong Arncliffe team. Next up was the 11 Gold’s and they scored a resounding win setting up an all Penshurst Grand final. In a repeat from 2011 our two Under 12 teams faced off and in a turnaround from the previous year the Greens were victorious. Under 13 next up and with the first chance for the majority of the boys to make it a Grand final they made sure of it by not giving the opposition a chance. The under 14 were up against a very strong Renown team and they tried valiantly but were beaten. Next up was the Under 16’s and in what was a very entertaining but nerve racking game they held on to win by 2 points and advance to their second grand final in a row. The Under 19’s then took to the park missing their captain thru injury the boys put in a great effort but unfortunately were just not good enough on the day. This team was made up of five seventeen year olds so they should all be pleased with their efforts. Lastly with the chance to make it to A grade grand final in many years the team made short work of it with a brilliant first half display and were convincing winners. Grand final week was upon us with eight teams participating it was going to be a big weekend for the rissoles. Saturday saw six of the teams venture to Kogarah Oval. First up was the under 9 whites up against the very skilled and as usual robust Hurstville team. The boys never stopped trying but were just not good enough on the day. Well done to Kevin Hicks and the boys. Up next the Dave Cahill coached under 10 gold’s had to take on the Arncliffe Scots juggernaut and they duly stopped them in their tracks with a convincing win 48 -16. A fantastic effort to a team that was only finalised one week prior to the season starting and undefeated as well The under 11’s game was an all Penshurst affair and in a most resounding win the 11 gold’s were victors. They showed tremendous skill both in attack and defence on the day. Well done to Paul Noppen and his team. Commiserations to Peter Knox and the greens. Under 12’s then took to the park against their nemesis Hurstville and in a courageous effort with a depleted side due to injury they held on to draw the match and become joint premiers. Big thanks to the Under 11 boys who helped out the team and congratulations to Sean Saliba and the boys. The under 13’s playing in their first ever Grand final were up against the very strong Renown team. Coach Damien Hopper had them all prepared and the boys did all that could be asked of them but in the end just couldn’t get the chocolates. Day one was not over with celebrations back at the RSL. I don’t think there has been a crowd in the club on a Saturday afternoon / evening like this in many a year. After the three victories on the Saturday hopes were high for a green and gold Sunday and we were not disappointed. First it was off to Redfern Oval where the Under 16’s played Alexandria Rovers. As is always the case with our boys they made sure the crowd was entertained right to the end with a match winning try scored with a few minutes left. I know I aged a few years that day along with all others at the game. Well done to Glenn and team with their second premiership in a row. Let’s go for the “three peat” in 2013.


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It was then a journey up the M5 to Campbelltown for hopefully the icing on the cake. With a huge Penshurst crowd (it seemed more like a home game than away game) and with inspirational captain Damien Hopper taking the field under extreme pain the A Grade started like a house on fire. Victory never looked in doubt with a smashing 30 – 0 win against the Eaglevale. This was our first victory in A Grade since 1993. Well done to Ken Harris and his staff along with a great bunch of young men you have done Penshurst proud. It was then back to the RSL and in scenes I have not witnessed before in my years with the club a great nite was had by all. For me some of the best memories of the season occur very early on Saturday mornings when our minis take the field. It is a mixture of determination, skill, sometimes tears but always fun when you see them. One day I am sure some of these boys will be running around in a victorious A Grade team just like some of the existing A grade players have done. Penshurst strength lies in the spirit of all our teams and this is shown every week on and off the field. This stems right from our Under 6 minis right thru to the A grade. They all have worn the green and gold proudly. This spirit is passed onto them all from the team coaches, managers and trainers and I thank you for the time end efforts you have put in thru the season. I know it can be stressful at times but I am sure in the end you have enjoyed the experience and the boys have enjoyed playing for the mighty rissoles. On the representative scene congratulations goes to Matt Dufty, Daniel Ascoli, Nathan McIlveen and Jason El Hawzi who played well in the Harold Matthews team. Good luck to all the boys who have made the St George Junior rep train on squads for 2013. Social Functions Once again this year we had many special times off the field including: • Trivia nite – Thanks to Quiz masters Colleen and Matt Sloane • State of Origin nite – 70 players and parents ventured out to ANZ stadium to watch the SOO and the look on some of the young ones faces made the night. • Dinner dance at Conca Dora – What a nite had by all enjoying the music from The Frocks. • Grand final nites – Both the Saturday and Sunday were sensational and again showed the spirit of Penshurst Big thanks to Kerrie Craven our Social Secretary who coordinated a lot of the work and was out their chasing prizes for Trivia nite along with organising the team photos. Sponsors 2012 saw the addition of 2 new major sponsors. Thank you to Paul and Maxine Noppen from Noppen Air and Michael and Jade Ibrahim from Eastlakes Dental Surgery for their support. Thanks also to Penshurst RSL, Professionals Montgomery Real Estate and Soil n Stuff for your continued support. With the generous support of these sponsors it helps keep our registration fees at a reasonable level and make junior rugby league an affordable sport. To Sean Saliba thank you for your efforts as the sponsorship officer in helping acquire new sponsors along with retention of existing. Executive Committee I would like to thank all of the executive committee, Leonie Dufty, Sam Rigopoulos, Phil Wild and Peter Knox for your time and efforts, it has been much appreciated. Special thanks must go to Leonie Dufty who after 6 years as Secretary is stepping down this year. I am sure without your hard work, time and energy in helping this club to where it is today. Your dedication and Penshurst spirit is appreciated by everyone.


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Thanks As always we have a band of workers who are done at the park early Saturday and Sundays setting up the fields, working on the best BBQ in the district and helping the out in the canteen. In particular I would like to thank Donna Kopa, Tammy Simmonds, Anne O’Loughlin, Justin Hopper, Dave Cahill, Glenn Dufty, Peter Knox, Phil Wild, Colleen and Matt Sloane, Graham Chong Sun, Michael Baihn who were all regularly there helping out on game days. Finally to our raffle coordinator – Michael Baihn along with his regular helpers Glenn Dufty, Ken Harris, Graeme Hemopo thanks for your time running the Friday night raffles. Lastly this great club would not survive without the players who have proudly worn the "Green and Gold" throughout the year and the coaches and team staff that have developed them. I am sure you have all enjoyed your season and I look forward to seeing you all in 2013 I hope you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year Best wishes Paul O’Loughlin


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A Word from the Secretary 2012 is possibly the most successful year in our club’s history. This is a huge achievement for all involved with this fantastic club. This season saw Penshurst RSL JRLFC increase our registration numbers by a very large number going from 14 teams in 2011 to 19 teams in 2012. This accomplishment made us the largest Junior Rugby League Club in the St George District. These achievements do not just happen and have come over time due to the hard work of many volunteers associated with our club both now and in previous years. Penshurst RSL JRLFC has always had passionate, motivated and loyal workers who do their utmost to make the club the success it is, and I hope this will never change. The 2012 season saw Penshurst RSL crowned Junior Club Champions for the second consecutive year. This prestige’s award is one that the club is immensely proud of and we acknowledge that it is based on the success of our fantastic Junior sides. A break down of teams we fielded this year are four mini sides, a massive nine sides in our mod age groups and six international sides. Out of this there were 15 competitive sides of which 13 made the semifinals, Wow!! From there 11 went on to compete in finals with 8 successful in making it to the Grand Final. This year’s Grand Final weekend will go down as my fondest memory with Penshurst RSL JRLFC. The club spirit and camaraderie was second to none. The weekend kicked off on Saturday at Oki with Penshurst having our 6 sides competing in Grand Finals. Congratulations to our U9’s who unfortunately did not win, our U10 Gold’s who were undefeated premiers, our U11 green & U11 Gold’s who competed against each other. Both sides did the club proud with the U11 Gold’s becoming premiers and Our U12 Green’s whose game was halted due to a serious injury however, the boys were crowned joint premiers. Sunday saw our U16s head off to Redfern Oval. The boys got off to a great start but finished up going to the half time break even. The score see-sawed all game and the boys left it to the dying minutes to seal their second consecutive grand final win. From here all headed out to Campelltown for the highlight of the weekend our A Grade versing Eaglevale. The amount of Penshurst supporters’ at this game was huge and they were all very vocal. It was a fantastic atmosphere and everyone cheered our boys on to a well deserved victory. The last premiership win for Penshurst A Grade was in 1993. Congratulations to all of our teams, players, coaches and team staff. Well done! This brings us to Sunday night at Penshurst RSL which was with out a doubt “the best night ever”. Our A Grade players are an absolute credit to themselves, their families and our club. The club spirit and camaraderie, on this evening had to be experienced to be believed. The singing of the club song (and others) and the welcome they gave to our Under 16’s is one I will remember for a very long time. It is hard to put in words the emotion this night provoked in all who were present only to say that we were all proud to be a part of such a wonderful club that is rich in history and traditions. I have enjoyed my role as club secretary and have been very lucky to have had a lot of support and help over the past six years. Additionally, I have made many lifelong friendships. To all the volunteers who give up their time to make the club run so successfully – thank you. I also need to thank the past committee members I have worked with as well as the current executive committee which has been working tirelessly to get the club where it is today Sam Rigopoulos, Phil Wild, Peter Knox and last but not least Paul O’Loughlin. To all the people who have supported me in this role and therefor the club (too many to list) – thank you. I have left the most important thank you until last and that is to my family, who have always been supportive and understanding of the time needed for this role.


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Lastly, I wish the club all the best of luck going forward and would encourage anyone thinking of volunteering to do so, it can be a very rewarding experience. I will still be around Evatt Park on weekends just not at 7.30 in the morning!! I am looking forward to sleeping in!! Thanks for the memories‌.. Warmest Regards, Leonie Dufty Club Secretary


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Under 6 Greens 2012 was a challenging but very rewarding season for myself and especially the under 6 greens. The season commenced with a large number of under 6s which eventuated in the splitting of the team into two sides. As a first year coach I have learnt a great deal and have enjoyed watching the players develop their rugby league skills. It is fantastic to see that they can all now run in the right direction and score on their try line not the oppositions! I had a great deal of support and would like to say a big thanks to Rob Hunt who was my cocoach and trainer. Rob always gave great advice, support and help in all areas. Also, Nathan McIlveen who again assisted with the coaching and was often at training to help out. Thanks to Luka Fredotovic who came on board at the back of the year to help out and was a huge hit with the kids. The team was fortunate to have the following dads who ran water on game day and helped out in all areas Darren Cahill, Anthony Lo and Dean O’Neill – Thanks. Thank you to our manager Jenny O’Neill who did a great job in keeping the team updated on events, game times and locations. Here is a brief rundown of each player’s achievements and development throughout the year: The Players… Ethan Fourie Ethan proved to be a great attacking weapon often taking on the line and busting through. Also a great defender at the back one on one. Great year Ethan. Lewis Hunt Lewis was a very elusive player using his agility to Zig zag through the opposition. His speed also helped him in being a great attacking player. Lewis defended way above his playing weight bringing down much bigger players. Timothy Selim Tim was one of our bigger players and was awesome at taking the big hits both in attack and defence. A great first year. Oscar O’Neill Started off the season quietly but proved to be one of our most improved players always giving 100%. Oscar was a pleasure to coach. Jackson Cahill-Smith Better known as the juggernaut nearly impossible to stop once in full flight scored a heap of tries this season also a solid defender. Edro Ukarangi One of the quieter team members who showed a great deal of potential and will develop into a very good footballer. Jacob Chami The youngest member by far in this side. A great kid who even kept training with a broken leg! Jacob scored his first try for the season. A player to watch in the future. Ortiz Tekoronga-Riggot Great team player and a pleasure to coach, also the most improved player for the season. Otie got better and better as the season went on. Making metres every time he took the ball forward.


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Jacob Lo Our go to man playing in his second year of under 6s was one of the leaders in the team. Jacob always gave his best and scored a heap of tries this year. Jacob always got the job done. Mitchell Woods Mitchell started later in the year and soon showed what a great all round athlete he is with tremendous speed and strength. Mitchell has a great competitive nature which will help him go far with his rugby league. Jayden Gray Jayden in his first year of football displayed great potential and will develop with further time playing footy. Many thanks to all of the parents for your assistance and support throughout the season. I would also like to thank the executive committee for giving me the opportunity to coach such a great team. I had a great time getting to know all the boys and in seeing their football skills develop. I will be back next year in some capacity with the side… I wish you all a great off season and hope that all of the kids back up again next year to play for the best club in St George the “Mighty Rissoles”. Matt Dufty Coach


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Under 6 Gold’s The U6 Gold Team had a very successful season and all of our players improved immensely during the year. It was a slow start for the under 6s due to the number of participants. At the start of the season there were too many players for one team and not enough for two. The players were not getting enough game time and we were worried we might lose some boys to the game. Fortunately we had some late starters to boost the numbers and Paul O’Loughlin made the wise decision to split the boys into two teams. The boys in the Gold team were all playing their first year of footy and we were up against some more experienced teams that had players in their second year. We also struggled for numbers during the year but we always seemed to make it in the end. What we lacked in numbers and experience we soon made up for in enthusiasm. Sometimes the boys were so enthusiastic at training that it seemed more intense than game day. The Players… Makaiya Koopu Makaiya is a terrific young player who scored many tries with his hard running. His defence was strong and he is one to watch in the future. Wesley Polutele Wesley greatly improved during the season as a good tackler and troubled the defence with some purposeful running. Always trained hard and played well. Jack Warr Jack is one of those players who always enjoy what they are doing. His bubbly personality was infectious with the rest of the team. Jack scored some good tries. Samuel Morgan Sam is a good young player who improved greatly during the year. Pulled off some great tackles and never shied away from the hard work. Andrew Rahipere Andrew was a pleasure to coach and really improved during the year. Andrew proved a strong runner with the ball as his confidence grew. Lotify Finau Lotify is one of those players that everyone likes. He has a great attitude and could be counted upon in tough times. Great skills and determination. Jackson Wesley Jackson showed plenty of determination and enthusiasm in the games that he played. Did his best work out of dummy half as he grew in confidence. Mathew Scott Mathew grew in confidence during the season with strong running and some very solid defence. Mathew was very enthusiastic and managed some good offloads. Adam Nachabeh Adam was a very enthusiastic player who wasn’t scared to take on the defence.


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I would like to thank our trainer Tatana Koopu for his help during the year. Tatana was a great help with the boys and passed on his deep knowledge of the game. Carolyn Nichols was our manager and she did a tremendous job in pulling it all together. Thanks Carolyn. A special thank you to the parents who provided great encouragement to the boys during the year. Their efforts in bringing the boys along each week really paid dividends with each member of the team growing in stature during the season. Many thanks to Paul and Leonie from the club who provided heaps of support. Penshurst RSL is really a great club to be involved with and our boys were very proud to represent the club. Good luck to all of the boys in the future and I hope they continue with the same enthusiasm in future seasons.

Richard Morgan Coach


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Under 7s Another fantastic year had by a great bunch of kids. A lot was learnt by all. We had about 50% of our boys returning from the under 6s and the other 50% playing their first year of rugby league. They all displayed great sportsmanship, competitiveness, a willingness to learn as well as great skills and determination. Off the field the boys all got on well with each other and behaved well. Our team is developing a strong sense of camaraderie both at the team and club level. They look forward to the huddle and team song after each game. These boys are a joy to be around and I hope they all enjoyed themselves enough to be back for next year. The Players… Connor Ross First year in league and is a natural. Very fast off the mark and very competitive. Loves scoring tries Mohamad Akkawy One of the smaller guys with plenty of heart. A strong defender and offloads when in a position to do so. Christopher Dinoris Made fantastic progress in his first year. Was always there in dummy half and tackling became a strength by the end of the season. Mitchell Poole Another great performer in his first year. Has a great burst of speed and strength which makes him hard to stop.

Richard Jackson Built on his ability to offload that he learnt in U6’s. He can stand in a tackle and pass to someone in a better position. Lachlan Morgan Continued to work on his running. Doesn’t stop when he comes to the defence and keeps those strong legs going and carries a few defenders on his back. Jackson Willett A strong defender who has a good technique for tackling low. A determined runner with the ball and tries hard all of the time. Zac Chami Another great year. Likes to run the ball from deep in his own half and uses pace, swerve and “In and away” like a veteran. Great cover defender and is always there. Isaac Elgammal Very strong head on tackler. Doesn’t matter how big they are or how tired he is. He tackles anything that moves from the kick off to the final hooter. Fantastic attitude and loves this game. Dimitri Antonio Loves to run from dummy half and does it very well. A little guy with plenty of pace and an elusive step. Also a very willing tackler even if they are twice his size.


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Thanks to Manuel and Adam who are trainer and manager respectively and also to the parents who helped out at training and on game day it is really appreciated. I had a ball and can’t wait for next year to do it all again. Sean Willett Coach


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Under 8s Once again the boys had a very good year. At the start of the year it felt like a totally new team. 7 boys came back from last year and 7 new players joined the team. Scott became coach on his own and had his hands full. For the first couple of months the majority of the training sessions were spilt between the boys who were working on improving their skills and the new boys who had to start from scratch. Fortunately the boys were quick learners and assuming they come back next year will have a very competitive side. As you know we don’t officially keep score in the U8s but here is a quick overall summary of the season. Games played 13 (3 games washed out). Points for 348, Against 302, Tries 71, Goals 29, Hit ups 449, Tackles 521. The Players… Lewis Noppen (1) Games played 9, hit ups 53, line breaks 14, tackles 110, tries 14, goals 1, total points 58. Lewy is still the go to man for the team. He is most likely to make a break or make a try saving tackle. If the effort of the rest of the team gets to Lewy’s level we will be premiers next year. Indiana Rice (No.2) Games played 9, hit ups 51, line breaks 16, tackles 115, tries 20, goals 1, total points 82. Indy started to see the benefit of running straight this year. He is still fast enough to run around teams but he is now seeing that running straight is better for the team. A’s for tackling he is a machine Jack Dove (No.3) Games played 8, hit ups 13, line breaks 0, tackles 10, tries 1, goals 2, total points 8. Jack has the skills and the size he just needs to reproduce all the good things he does at training during the game. Keegan Constable (No.4) Games played 6, hit ups 22, line breaks 4, tackles 26, tries 4, goals 2, total points 20. Keegan was nominated first receiver for most of the season, a role he did with style but that will never take away from his running and tackling skills. We would just love to see more of him at the games and training. Bailey Gifford (No.5) Games played 11, hit ups 50, line breaks 18, tackles 42, tries 16, goals 6, total points 76. WOW!! What an impressive first season with Penshurst. Bailey has the speed and skills to be a star. Watch out next season. Nicholas Molloy (No.6) Games played 12, hit ups 20, line breaks 0, tackles 20, tries 0, goals 0, total points 0. As usual Nicky put in 100% every game. He took to first receiver later in the year and showed great organizing skills. Jared Blake (No.7) games played 11, hit ups 39, line breaks 2, tackles 55, tries 3, goals 3, total points 18.


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Jared had a great first year. He has the speed, the ticker and the want to win. If next season we can work on thinking about his role we will have a very important member of the team. Adam Burridge (No.8) Games played 11, hit ups 46, line breaks 8, tackles 39, tries 6, goals 1, total points 26. Adam is the only boy in the Under 8s who takes the ball on the burst and hits it up straight into the ruck. He is a genuine force to be reckoned with. Kynan Koopu (No.9) Games played 11, hit ups 43, line breaks 2, tackles 16, tries 1, goals 1, total points 6. This was Kynan’s first season and he went missing at times but when his mind was on the job he was unstoppable. He is big and fast with a good step. He doesn’t mind tackling and if he can put it all together, he could be anything. Liam Kane (No.10) Games played 10, hit ups 17, line breaks 0, tackles 5, tries 1, goals 0, total points 4. Liam may be the smallest boy in the team but he has one of the biggest hearts. He runs at kids double his size and never takes a backward step. Matthew Shepherd (No.11) Games played 9, hit ups 26, line breaks 1, tackles 19, tries 1, goals 6, total points 16. Matthew has speed to burn, tackles well and does anything you ask of him. That’s a very good combination in a young footballer. On top of that he will be a very good goal kicker. Joel Funnell (No.12) Games played 8, hit ups 16, line breaks 0, tackles 9, tries 2, goals 4, total points 16. Joel is our designated dummy half. He has a very good footy brain, wicked side step and loves diving over from dummy half to score. Michael Antoniou (No.13) Games played 10, hit ups 22, line breaks 0, tackles 24, tries 0, goals 2, total points 4. Michael has improved immensely in his debut season. He never fears putting his body on the line in defence. Diesel Poskus (No.14) Games played 10, hit ups 22, line breaks 0, tackles 24, tries 0, goals 2, total points 4. In Diesel’s first year he had a go at everything; dummy half, first receiver, in the middle and cover defending. He handled them all well and keeps getting better. Great utility. Coach: Scott Molloy Did a great job of turning two teams into one. Every one of the boys learnt new skills and all grew up a bit, thanks to you. Assistants Paul Noppen and Tatana Koopu Thanks guys for filling in whenever we needed you. Samantha Gifford You made game day feel like a proper footy match for the boys, with an endless supply of oranges. To all the parents , grandparents and friends thank you for everything you do for the team every week. A very special thank you to the team’s official manager and unofficial assistant coach, statistician, trainer and media officer Brad Burridge. Without Brad, supported by his wife Donna, our unofficial cheerleader, the Under 8’s just don’t happen. They are the glue that binds the team together and the oil that keeps the machine running. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. (Written by Scott Molloy). Brad Burridge – Manager


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Under 9 Greens Place

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

4th

13

8

0

5

0

401

186

+215

Minor Semi Final

Finals Results v. Kingsgrove Colts

Lost

Point s 16

38-16

2012 was an exciting and fun filled year for the U9 greens. With the inclusion of a fair few new players and a large majority returning from last year, made it all the more interesting for the new challenge of Mod League Football. The boys rose to the challenge week in and out in losses in what I believe was a very competitive and unpredictable U9’s competition that saw wins, losses and draws amongst all teams. The teams came together early on and everyone enjoyed being with each other which allowed a good relaxed environment for all the kids to play footy and experience the new transition to mod footy. Overall, we had a mixed season, stringing a few wins and losses together at a time. I believe that the boys had a big learning experience from our first year of competitive football. The boys overcame the odds in the 2012 Craig Rimmer Cup, beating all the handicaps against us and eventually going on to win the final. Finishing 4th overall in the competition, and having the first chance to play Semi Final footy, saw the boys take on a stronger side and be defeated. The team had worked hard all year, at training, and at each game, and were unlucky in the end however they have learnt a lot throughout the year and from the experience of competitive footy and will only progress further next season.

The Players… Jayden Samrani Chris Jerome Nicholas Skonkandic Ryan Mulholland Jordan Poole Dylan Mani Zac Henderson © Joseph Elias Aaron Jacobs Jacques Fourie Adam Elgammal Patrick Spencer Gordon Fungalei I would like to thank Scott Henderson, Jody Skokandic and Damian Poole (Trainers) and Amanda Mani (Manager) for all their help and support throughout the season whether it be at training or on game day – it was greatly appreciated and to the club and parents for their support. I hope to see you ALL next year!!! Joel Mani Coach


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Under 9 Gold’s Place

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

Points

5

13

5

0

8

0

300

338

-38

10

This year was a very challenging year. The boys played their first year of competitive football and handled the transition well. The year commenced with a large amount of new players to the team. The majority of them making the switch from soccer to rugby league. The team also lost some of the players from the previous season. Therefor it was a year of rebuilding and kegood sportsmanship, friendships and that it is important to have fun whilst playing footy. I am very proud of the all the boys and the effort they showed whilst training and playing. The Players‌ Jason Giamoukoglou Ben Matthews Cejay Connolly Jack Luke Tom Pitkethley Jack Carey Noah Da Silva Zac Bryant Harrison Georgakopoulos James Polutele Jarrad Tawa Teimana Wiremu I would like to thank Anthony Carey (Trainers) and Fiona Georgakopoulos (Manager) for all their help and support throughout the season. I wish all the players a happy and safe break. John Georgakopoulos Coach


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Under 9 Whites Place

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

Points

2

13

10

1

2

0

284

190

+94

21

Finals Results Major Semi Final Preliminary Final

v. Hurstville United v. Kingsgrove Colts

Lost Won

28-12 24-22

Grand Final

v. Hurstville United

Lost

16-0

The under 9’s whites were a pleasure to coach. They are a great bunch of boys who throughout the season really came together and worked hard for one and another on the field. As it was their first competitive season the boys enjoyed the new challenge of mod football. All season the boys continued to improve especially those playing their first season of footy. The team effort was second to none and we had some real tight games that we just kept getting over the line. This would see us finish second on the table. Our semi-final would see us go down 28-12 to a much bigger Hurstville side. Meaning we would play Kingsgrove colts in the Preliminary final. The highlight of the year, trailing Kingsgrove 22-0 with 14 minutes left, the boys managed to score 4 converted tries. The last of which was scored after the bell went through no less than six sets of hands to run out 24-22 winners. What a great effort. This would see us face Hurstville again. The boys put on a big effort in defence but unfortunately went down 16-.0 Thank you to the boys for a great season. We hope to see all of you again next year.

The Players‌ Daniel Lo Our half back, Daniel was our leader on the field, directing the play with his quick passes and short kicking style. Daniel was also a great defender, showing no fear in tackling the biggest kids on the field. Well done Daniel. Lachlan Martin Our Captain and one of our strong running forwards. Lachlan showed great leadership throughout the year with his attitude and commitment to the team. Well done Lachlan. TeWehi Waititere Showed a lot of confidence with ball in hand. He was quick and elusive. He scored some brilliant solo tries and was equally as good in defence. Nice work. Antonio Guarino Antonio had a great season. His outstanding defence and exciting running made him hard to catch given open space. Ben Lawler Bens confidence grew with each game, showing in games what he is capable of both in attack and defence given the opportunity. Andre De Silva A new addition to the team, playing his first year in rugby league, another who improved with each game,. Andre showed that he could stay in position and will only improve with more games.


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Hamzah Chami A late arrival to the team, who showed he’s more than capable of holding his own. He showed some great promise in both attack and defence. Daniel Belcheff Our strong ball running forward, who only knew one way, straight and hard. Also showed he could back it up in defence. A good season Daniel. Kymani Smith Our dummy half who’s accurate passing help set the platform for our backs. He scored some clever tries from dummy half and was solid in defence. Joshua Kent Joshua showed a lot of courage throughout the year. He improved with each game of the season both in defence and attack. Josh will be another big improver next year. Jack Mirfin For his first year of football, what a great first season Jack had. He scored some good tries with his speed and was equally as good in his cover defence. He was a pleasure to coach. Liam McKenzie Liam had a great season; he gained confidence throughout the season with his running game. He showed he has great ability to score some long range tries with his elusive running. Harrison Hicks Another improver, he showed he’s more than capable of matching it with the big forwards. He was an asset in defence throughout the year. Thank you to Richie Kent (trainer), Kerry Lawler (manager), Spencer Hicks (assistant trainer) and Antony Lowe (trainer) for your efforts throughout the season. To all the parents, thank you for your encouragement and support you have shown this team throughout the season. Kevin Hicks Coach


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Under 10 Greens Place

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

2

13

10

2

1

0

370

144

+226

Point s 22

Major Semi-Final

Finals Results v. Penshurst Gold

Lost

36-6

Preliminary Final

v. Arncliffe Scots

Lost

28-6

Another great year of exciting football has finished and now gives us the opportunity to reflect on some remarkable efforts that were displayed during the season. The Players… Starting with our ably assisted by defence of Jake dummy half work

big men up front, Billy Adams led the charge straight through the middle Pete Pohahau. The forwards were well rounded with the bone jarring Cutajar, the elusive running of Jacob Turk and the sneaking but clever of Connor McSweeney.

The team was guided around the park by the brains trust of the under 10 Greens that consisted of Jack Williams and Ethan Hoskins. Our back line followed the ever inspirational Manaia Waitere, whose’ defence saved many a try and his attacking raids saw the two little jack rabbits, Samual Kane and Riley Jackson doing their business sneaking over for four pointers. Sam Pezzutti keeps oppositions wondering where he was with his blistering speed and the late arrival of Anthony Sese added some size and strength to our already speedy backs. A big thanks has to go to Eddie and Ivan for their efforts during the year, the kids & parents really appreciate your work & patience during the year. Lastly a special mention to our super sub from the under 9’s, little “T” who was also able cross the line on more than one occasion during the season and fill in whenever we needed him. Thanks Robert Jackson Manager


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Under 10 Golds Place

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

Points

1

13

12

1

0

0

466

156

+310

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Finals Results Major Semi Final Grand Final

v. Penshurst RSL Green V Arncliffe Scots

Won Won

36-6 48-16

What can I say about these boys? A week and a half before the competition started, our club decided to bite the bullet and create a second side in this under 10 division. We had seven players, mostly new to the club and looked as though we would need a lot of help from our three under 9 sides. With the addition of some experienced Pensy boys and a couple more new players this team started to take shape. A surprising first up victory over the losing grandfinalists from 2011 showed us the potential these boys had. The team took shape, the boys started to gel together and now the rest is history. Undefeated premiers is a tag these boys earnt through hard work and a lot of enjoyment. The Players… Tyson “Krusty” Dunn What a fantastic season from Tyson. From Dubbo via Hawkesbury, he came to us and by the first training session the nickname of “Krusty” the team clown was earnt. Krusty is a delight to coach and a popular member of the team. He is a very good runner of the ball with a great step and good pace. Tyson’s defence is his greatest asset. He stopped many tries with his strong tackling. Harry “Prince” Farr A first season player with us, Harry followed his big brother into rugby league and what a great first season it was. Prince started off as a very fast and elusive player with a good offload. The more Harry got used to footy the better and better he got. His defence became strong and reliable and he became one of our most dangerous runners ending up with two tries in the grand final. Jackson “Chief” Funnell One of our three Jacksons, Chief came from Pensy greens to help us create this new team and keep everyone at Penshurst. He came to us with a good reputation as a solid team player. This reputation grew with each game. Jackson displayed some great power running and strong defence and scored a great try midway through the season. Jordan “Flea” Denyer The serial pest of the team, Jordy was another to come across from the Pensy greens with a solid reputation. With a great personality and a permanent smile on his face, Jordy became a very popular member of the team. He has developed his dummy-half passing excellently and is one of the reasons our attack was so good. Also a very capable runner of the ball and improved defender. Mathew “Rabbit or Moo” Gifford An off season transfer from Zetland in the Souths district, Matty was outstanding for us throughout the season in all aspects of the game. Rabbit has an amazing step that could beat anyone backed up with great speed that converts breaks into tries. Our leading try scorer this season Matty was also brilliant in defence tackling players much bigger than him. A big future. John “Fui Fui or Precious” Dufty Our on field general, Johnny had a great season in every aspect of the game. His attacking ability is fantastic with a fine passing game and very strong running game. Johnny has


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great footwork and the speed to make it count. He also is a very tough defender who will always put his body on the line. Each team needs a leader and ours is first class. Player of the future. Anthony “Bull” Daher Another player to make his rugby league debut this year, Anthony had a fantastic season His strong and powerful charges through the opposition defence earnt him his nickname. Bull is a very smart footballer who always listened and took advice into his football. Anthony developed an off-load during the season that set up many tries for our speedsters. Brilliant first season. Declan “Smiling Assassin” Hicks An extremely important member of this team, Deccy was the major reason that this team was formed by brining two school mates along to play footy with the “Green & Golds”. He was one of our most consistent footballers in our team, always making metres in attack and strong tackles in defence. First try-scorer in the major semi was a great reward for our “Smiling Assassin”. Jackson “Bear” Perese Second of our three Jacksons, the Bear was another playing his first season of rugby league. It took a while for Jackson to get used to footy, but when he did, he kept on improving throughout the rest of the season. Jackson really benefitted from being part of a great team of boys and will be even better in the future. Jordan “Flash” Samrani An off season transfer from Renown, Jordan found a bigger than expected home at Pensy with a lot of new team mates. One of the fastest players seen in recent years, when Flash makes a break, you can mark down four points. Jordan is an extremely tough and hard defender who can be relied upon to give everything he has. A player with a very promising future. Daniel “Darth” Nader Another brand new player to rugby league, Daniel took a while to get used to playing footy. Darth started to get into the body contact of the game and quickly became a very solid and reliable footballer.A Darth conversion in the grand final was great to see. Patrick “Paddy” Davidson Damon came into the team late in the season but soon showed his dominating force and great skills. Well done Damon. Jackson Paul Our third Jackson, he came to us early in the season after transferring out of Renown. Jackson played strongly for us with solid running and defence. Unfortunately, Jackson was unable to finish the season with us, and we missed him. Jack Carey & Jayden Samrani Both Jack and Jayden played for us in the semi and grand final. Both boys are in the U9s and played very important roles in both games contributing greatly to both wins. Thanks boys. A special thanks to all the other boys in the under 9s who helped us throughout the season. With the challenge ahead of us at the start of the season, we needed some good people involved in the team. And we had the best. Our trainers, Jason Denyer and Glenn Dufty are two dedicated and caring blokes who played a vital role in the success of this team (and kept the coach sane and rational). Thanks. To our manager Trish Bell, thanks for all your support and dedication this year. A great job. To our assistant coaches and grand final “ball boys” Jordy Chong Sun and Mitch Walsh you boys were absolutely brilliant throughout the


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year and deserve a lot of credit for the success these boys had. Not only were you both role models for these boys, you ended up friends or even “big brothers” to a lot of them. To our group of parents. Thank you for letting me be a part of your childrens’ lives for a few hours a week. It is a lot easier to coach aside with a supportive group of parents and you guys were all fantastic. Special mention to Sam Gifford for all those nutritional oranges that gave the boys all that extra zest! Finally, to the players. What a great season we had together. We got to see NSW beat the Cane Toads, you got to cause havoc at the Aquatic Centre, we also saw that movie with the silly looking animals, you won a game at Jubilee and cheered on the Dragons to do the same and you also got to play a bit of footy during the year. I could not be prouder of the way you boys played throughout the season and the level of commitment you showed. Training was a heap of fun and games were even better. I look forward to seeing all of you back in the Green & Gold next year. Thanks Dave Cahill Coach


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Under 11 Greens Place

Played

Won

1

13

11

Draw 0

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

0

2

368

88

+280

Point s 26

Major Semi Final

Finals Results v. Penshurst RSL Gold

Won

18-16

Grand Final

v. Penshurst RSL Gold

Lost

36-0

Season 2012 commenced with the loss of 7 players from the U/10 premiership winning side of last year which reduced our playing roster from 16 registered players down to 12 at the commencement of the season. We gained 3 new players at the start of the pre-season, one more after round 2 and another player after round 5, which eventually brought the playing group up to a total of 14 players. It was a very different skill set and Billy and I concentrated on defence as some players either hadn’t played rugby league before or had not played the game for a few years. This was essentially a new team and they trained and tried very hard during the season. We had to try players in new and different positions to achieve the right balance and this was often made difficult as we were reduced to 11 players (no reserves) on a number of occasions. They started the season on a winning note only to be confronted with a washout and a bye in the next two games. I want to thank each and everyone one of you for your efforts this year; you have played very good football and it is a most rewarding experience for me to watch some individual things each and every one of you have achieved in different games; making a good/important tackle, passing the ball correctly, backing up and encouraging each other. I must also thank the parents, grand-parents, carers and other family members, who made the effort to bring your loved ones to training and game days especially on those cold winter nights. The team highlights for the year are: made the grand final; were the 2012 undefeated Minor Premiers; and were the best defensive side in the competition. I want to thank the following people who formed our management group for this team. To Billy (Trainer): Has finally missed a training session for the first time in 3 years. Why? because he drove his son, to a representative school rugby league tournament at Leeton in far western NSW! You are insightful and passionate about team sports and you provide a great encouragement and enthusiasm for this team. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. “Efkharistó” To Scott (Trainer): Thank you for being able to help us out when you didn’t have competing demands being the trainer for your son Zach’s U/9 team. To Justin (Trainer): Thank you for being available as a back-up trainer and by providing us with your experience in implementing new training drills and providing your valuable expertise at training and on game days. You were a tremendous help this year. To Donna (Manager): Thank you for your support throughout the year and I am going to miss both you and Murray so much, when you leave Sydney to relocate to Perth at the end of the year. Whether recording the scores, organising raffle tickets, sending out e-mails, cutting


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finger nails, you are always there. You are going to leave a big hole in your tireless work on Saturday and Sunday mornings before our home games start and also in the canteen will be notably missed next year. To Kerry (First Aid Officer): Thank you for being our FAO, a role which you provided for a number of teams throughout the season. You have been very supportive throughout the season, being a back-up trainer on occasions and also by being available to take team photos and helping out in a variety of tasks. The Players‌ #1 Jamie LAWLER: Made the transition to full-back this year and made many effective kick returns. He was a prolific try scorer this year, and his defence was outstanding. None more so than the major semi final where he stopped opposition players from scoring a couple of times, with great one on one tackles when he was the last defender near our line. Missed a total of three games with chicken-pox during the season. Another fantastic season Jamie. #3 William Finau: Played mostly on the left side, either as left centre or 2nd row. Will is a very strong runner with the ball and he is a good defender. Had a great season, scored many tries, kicked some important goals and he is an inspiration to his team mates. He leads by example and he has the best smile in our team. Will, another wonderful performance this year from you. #4 Aiden Oloapu: Played on the right as centre 2nd row. Aiden had not played rugby league for 2 years, but what a talented player he is. We used him as a prop for the first few games to try and get him involved in mid-field play. He is a very strong runner scoring some great tries, has a great side step/swerve and he scored many important tries and backed up his team mates. He is a great defender and this was shown in the grand final where although injured with an ankle injury (which eventually forced him from the field in the first half) his defence was magnificent. What a great season Aiden. #5 Tyson Ibrahim: Plays anywhere, but in defence either left or right wing. This player is a pocket dynamo. The smallest player on the field, but one with the biggest heart. Runs straight and hard and is fearless in defence. There were some memorable moments against the much bigger players from Hurstville and Earlwood where he ran at players 60kg+ heavier than him. Had a roaming mission throughout the year, and a wonderful player to have in our side. Clearly has the best varied hairstyle, with the 2nd best smile in the team. Tyson you are a champion. . #6 Benjamin Ukarangi: Plays 5/8th and came to us this year from Hurstville. Another outstanding talent, who has an amazing side step to go with a strong running game, has very good passing skills and is an outstanding defender. The boys quickly named him Benji and he displayed outstanding football skills in many games during the year. One game in particular against Earlwood in round 1 saw him tear the opposition apart in the second half. A Brilliant performance Benji. #7 David Knox: The half-back, leader and captain of the team. He is a great defender tackling much larger opponents one on one and is the best cover defender in the side. He has a great passing game, backs up well and is an excellent goal kicker with a 100% success rate over the past 3 years. A memorable game was against Earlwood in 2nd game, where he had caught a plane in Brisbane at 7am on a Saturday (following his grand-mother’s funeral). He wanted to play that day and he tackled, ran and was involved throughout the game; finally scoring the match winning try. Often played up in the U/12 Green team. Another strong year Dave.


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#8 Tyler Hopper: Plays prop, 2nd row, dummy half. Tyler has a very good short passing game and he shows this when getting into dummy half. He defends in the middle of the field and he made some good tackles this year. Knows when to come in and assist team mates in defence and ran the ball hard as the 2nd or 3rd hit- up. He is an 8 year veteran with the club and he really tried hard at goal kicking this year and he hit the post on one occasion which prevented that elusive goal. A great season Tyler.

#9 Murray Hoppa: Plays dummy half; 1st receiver; wing; a very versatile member of this team. Good perception to take the right alternative and score running tries from dummy half. A very strong one on one defender, but also knows when to come in and assist team mates. Muzza has worked so very hard during the last two years on his goal kicking and you now have a 90% success rate. A memorable moment during the first game against Kogarah Cougars was; you were on the right wing, received a great pass and you ran 30m to score. Brilliant! You have improved so much mate and we will miss you next year. #10 Tim Maier-Sotiropoulos: Plays prop and is the leader of the forwards. Tim is a very powerful runner with the football and he is an excellent defender. He scored many tries throughout the year; he is an outstanding goal kicker who also had a 100% record this year. Tim’s game is all about consistent performances and there were many games this year where he dominated the opposition with his strong runs and tackling. He has a tremendous long passing game which will get better each year. Tim an outstanding effort by you. #11 Liam Carey: Plays prop and he is one of our bookends. Liam has a powerful running game he is an important cog in our wheel to gain valuable metres at the 1st or 2nd hit-up. Liam developed an off-load this year and as his confidence grows in this area he will become a more valuable asset to the team. He worked really hard on his defence this year and he has become a reliable goal kicker. He is a talker and we will try and encourage this skill on the field next year. Another consistent performer this year. #12 David Dunn: Plays prop or 2nd row. David’s improvement this year at running the ball up was a highlight of this game this year. He has realised his power and strength and he had some memorable games this year gaining valuable metres. He is another player who has worked hard on his defence and he became a very involved player particularly the second half of the year. He is a also a good goal kicker. “Double D” you had a great season this year. #13 Jacob Graniero: A first time rugby league player, who is the other bookend of the team. Jacob is a powerful runner who realised his strength was going to be a valuable asset for him to gain the metres required of his new found position. He had a memorable game early in the season and wanted to take two hit-ups in a succession of sets. He tried very hard with his defence and he got better as the season progressed. A great first season Jacob and we loved having you in our team. #14 Nicholas Giannis: Plays dummy half/wing. Nicholas played rugby league for one season as a six year old, but he wanted to come back and play again after a 5 year absence. He has a good passing game and he is eager to off-load the ball when used as a running forward. Nicholas worked hard at training on his defence and when he played in the outside backs he prevented some important tries from being scored. He is a huge kicker of the football, also having a 100% success rate at goal kicking. A highlight in the grand final were his kick-offs which found touch on 3 occasions. A great effort Nicholas.


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#15 L'capone Ngapera Plays right wing. Another new player to the club who came to the team in round 5. A strong runner with the ball, has a good defence and has good speed with a deceptive pace. Liked playing on the wing and he maintained his position. Because of many injuries in the grand final, he played in a variety of positions he was not used. A good first up season with us Al. Finally, I want to my thank fellow committee members Paul, Sam, Leonie and Phil for your outstanding efforts throughout the year. It has been a rewarding experience. Yours in Footy Peter Knox Coach U/11 Green Team


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Under 11 Golds Place

Played

Won

2

13

9

Draw 1

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

Points

1

2

396

112

284

23

Major Semi Final

Finals Results v. Penshurst RSL Green

Lost

18-16

Preliminary Final Grand Final

v. Earlwood Saints v. Penshurst RSL Green

Won Won

30-16 36-0

The U11 Gold team was a totally new team for this year. Players joined from Soccer, Rugby Union, other Rugby League sides, and a few from our old side. The task was trying to mould these players, their individual skills and personalities into a team. We were blessed with one of the fastest most skilful back lines in the comp however it was the forwards that stepped up and created a solid base for our team to build on. This little team came from nowhere to become the U11 Premiers for the first time. The majority of our players have never been into a semi final let alone a grand final so to win one is something that they all will be able to cherish forever. From all the different backgrounds that our players came from were able to combine as a team, and prove that we are a team not a team of individuals. Our team has respect, is humble and proud whether it be winning or losing. A great bunch of young men. I am proud and humbled to have been able to coach such a fine group of young men. The Players‌ Players in jersey number order 1 Sid Noppen This was Sid's first year learning how to be a play maker. Sid showed fantastic potential and set up a lot of our team's moves and tries. Sid's defence came a long way this year with many try saving tackles. One memorable effort was against Renown where Sid made over 40 tackles, set up a number of the tries and scored a try as well. Proud to be your dad Sid. 2 Sebastian Herbert Seb is one our Rugby Union players so with his other commitments we were only blessed with his efforts on too few occasions. However on all of these occasions his aggressive tackling and elusive running were second to none. I am sure the other teams all know who he is now. Seb great to have you aboard 3 Brock Kirby Brock is a fantastic player. One thing that Brock brings to the team is that every time he gets the ball he makes meters with his straight line attack. One of Brock's strengths is that he can play in the forwards or the backs. I still have memories of Brocks runs in the grand final one of which set up a try. Keep up the great work Brock. 4 Tyler Ah Chong Tyler is one the best all round players in our side. His defence is fantastic as is his attack, but one thing that Tyler is starting to bring into his game is that he knows how and when to support the ball players. We missed Tyler for a large part of the season through injury but it was great to have him fit for the finals - three tries and the man of the match in the grand final says it all. Tyler is very close to our family and is a credit to his parents. Tyler a year with injury but the thing that always pulls you through is you heart. Great work


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5 Max Hunt This was Max's first year in League having come from soccer however you would never have known it as he is one of our best tacklers as well as an elusive runner. I still remember some of the biggest players running at Max only to see Max chop them down. Max's strengths are his willingness to learn and his tenacity. Max it has been great coaching you and I know that it must have hurt to have to sit the grand final out through injury but Max grand finals are built throughout the year and your efforts throughout the year have been outstanding. Well done Max. 6 Jordan Samrani Jordan played up a year and had to play a portion in the grade below each week before our game. Jordan has all the skills as he demonstrated in the semi's against Earlwood where he tore them apart. I can only imagine when we get him fresh each week. God help the opposition. Jordan it has been great watching you play this year and I look forward to next year. 7 Kane Spiteri Kane is a gifted and talented player that plays on instinct. Kane is another player that has it all. Kane played halfback this year and steered our team around as well as positioned our attacking kicks with pinpoint accuracy. Kane did all of this while having to pass the ball on every tackle. His full talents will be realized in international rules football where he will be able to run as well. One thing I learnt from you Kane is that sometimes it is best to let players play on their instincts. Kane you are a polite young man and I have enjoyed coaching you and look forward to next year. 8 Ali Kansou Ali was a sensation in our team. Big Ali has a beautiful quiet respectful nature which was greatly appreciated. Ali is my best and fairest player this year. Ali has all the talents required to make a great Rugby league player and is one player that always gives his team a 100% effort. I know all of our opposition knew the name of Ali by the end of the season. Ali a great job this year and great to have you on our team. 9 Jerry Fanos Jerry came to our team from another club and when asked to play our dummy half role he stepped up and did a fantastic job. While this was not Jerry's usual position he displayed maturity and skill. Toward the end of the season Jerry became the one to help steer the team around. Jerry can read a game very well and took a few game changing intercepts as well as a great dive over try in the grand final. Jerry I have enjoyed watching you develop into a good rugby league player. 10 Jermaine Samrani Jermaine was awarded the coaches award this year. He also has a beautiful respectful nature and is a credit to his parents. Jermaine had a goal this year to run the ball with confidence. Well all the other teams now know who Jermaine is as they had to tackle him. Jermaine you bring a mature intelligent approach with you whether it is at training or at the game I thank you for this. Jermaine it has been a pleasure coaching you. 11Samuel Sioris Samuel is another player that came to us from another club. Samuel is a very polite young man and a credit to his parents. Samuel has the ability to do the specific job that he has been requested to do. He can play in the forwards or the backs and became one our best defenders during the season. Samuel I have enjoyed watching you develop your skills and know that it is only the tip of the iceberg. 12Evan Saab Evan had a year off from Rugby League and concentrated on his national swimming career. His return has been phenomenal. Evan's running and tackling was fantastic this year. I know that everyone that Evan tackled remembered his name. I know the boy from


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Earlwood will never forget him. The scary thing is that Evan is just playing with the opposition at the moment. Evan great to have you back you make a difference. 13Jonathan Dinoris Jonathan came to us from another club. I already knew his potential as we have played against him on many occasions. Jonathan was our most consistent player this year. Jono could always be relied upon to change the game with a great side stepping forward run or a try from nowhere. He has the ability to run angles already and exploited the oppositions defence on many occasions. Jono has the best fend in the game as many an opponent can attest to. Jono I have enjoyed watching you develop your game and look forward to coaching you next year. 14Athan Giannokopoulos Athan came from soccer to us this year and is my most improved player this year. From being a little shy to tackle to being able to stand in front of the biggest players and take them head on is inspirational. Athan was always at training learning the game of Rugby League and I know that he would practice tackling with his dad during the week. Athan, heart cannot be trained into someone and you have it in spades. I look forward to you developing next year. To our staff Naida I thank you for your hard work, I know it has not been easy for you this year and hope everything works out for you and your family. George I thank you for your efforts this year. You have made training and game day a lot easier for me. Manno I thank you for all your support and advice this year it has been a great help. Your motivational talks with players on the field have always lifted them. Regards Paul Noppen


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Under 12 Greens Place

Played

Won

2

13

8

Draw 1

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

Points

2

2

308

130

178

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Finals Results Major Semi Final Preliminary Final

v. Hurstville United v. Penshurst RSL Gold

Lost Won

40-6 16-4

Grand Final

v. Hurstville United

Drew

6-6

Firstly I just wanted to say thank you to all of the Parents for your support and commitment to our team. The role you parents play in your sons’ confidence, support & development is so important, and satisfying for us to sit back and watch. Thank You. I credit the teams’ performance in 2012 as a result of the experience & focus of coaches (Jim Pizanias & Jason Tonna), trainers (Jason Tonner, John Kennedy & Wayne Saliba), and manager Luke McGaw. However when speaking of ‘credit’, most of it must go to our Boys. This year they developed their Rugby League skills & maturity in a big way, won the ultimate prize, and additionally come closer as mates. They even sing the team song tremendously. In reflection, fact is they have worked extremely hard in 2012, and fully deserve being the 2012 Craig Rimmer champions and 2012 Joint Premiers. Who will ever forget that champagne finish against Renown at Hurstville Oval in the Craig Rimmer GF..........Then the elation of working so hard in defence to be Crowned Joint Premiers. That’s a massive achievement when one considers we were huge underdogs in the Major Semi and Grand Final. Something the boys will always remember. Personally I feel privileged coaching a team of outstanding 12 year olds. Additionally being part of a passionate club with a great history. The Players… Jacob Merlino Nicholas Pizanias Harrison Carr Michael Kennedy Marley Smith Ryan Economou Mark Spiteri Mitchell O’Loughlin Chris Saliba Joel McCaw Harrison Georgopoulos Adam Somboli Jordan Fletcher Mark Lawler Dylan Chong Sun Thomas Papadimitriou Grand final Experience versus Hurstville; Before the Grand Final, to see the look in the boys eyes in the dressing room was priceless, then to see their emotion after the game was special. Even a step back to the Wednesday night before the Grand Final when the boys sat shoulder to shoulder for dinner with all the other Penshurst grand finalists, I knew something special was brewing as the atmosphere was electric.


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The depth of our individual and combined club achievements is still sinking in for myself. In summary of the 2012 season proper; Our boys finished second on the ladder, we boasted the second best attack, and second best defence in the competition. Eleven games, eight wins, & one draw, & two losses to Hurstville. In our last two games of the season, at the beautiful Evatt Park, we recorded 110 points scored for, and zero points scored against (when playing Arncliffe and Brighton). Hence, it was a nice run into semi-finals. In my view our best three games were against Hurstville (round two - 18 to 10 defeat), the Major semi final against the ‘Golds’ (16 – 4 win), then our 6 all result in the Grand Final. In the last two mentioned games we faced adversity in missing some of our best talent, namely Harris, Adam, Jordan to various bone fractures. To make up for this absence, Joel, Marley, Michael, Mitchell, Thomas and Jacob stepped up and had their best games of the season, especially in defence. Ryan, Dillon, Harrison, Nicholas, Chris, Mark S and Mark L outplayed their opposite numbers with lots of intensity in every run and tackle. In my view our boys showed the best structure and attacking finesse in the competition, backed up with the best fitness and solid defence. Congratulations Boys, and look forward to seeing you all again in March 2013. Kind Regards Sean Saliba Coach


2012 Season Report

Under 12 Golds Place

Played

Won

3

13

7

Draw 1

Lost

Bye

For

2

3

262

Agains t 144

Diff +188

Point s 21

Minor Semi Final

Finals Results v. Earlwood Saints

Won

26-14

Preliminary Final

v. Penshurst RSL Green

Lost

16-4

What a fantastic year. Even though we were one game off making the grand final the team had some unbelievable achievements. The most important achievement is the improvement in every player at every level. New moves, plays, run ups and the fun the boys had throughout the year. To see new players take up their role and our existing players passing more than before. Finally, one of the biggest achievements was beating the Hurstville team, an achievement we can claim that no other team can say over the last three years. Winning 10 games 1 draw and 3 losses is a great record for the boys this year. Keep your heads held high you have succeeding in achieving more this year then you realise. The combination of our existing and new players Jake, Jayden, Harrison, Joshua, Jackson and Kaylan we were able to improve overall on our last years results. Ending 3rd on the ladder has shown the boys consistent improvement has paid off. Kaylan Rata Our forward pack had a great lift with Kaylan (the sleeping giant) who improved every game. I must admit I was scared for the opposition when Kaylan released the beast. Harrison Apostolovski Harrison showed consistent effort every game with his hard runs and tackling efforts. Alex Malatos (I am off to Greece for 6 weeks) was our go to man in the early part of the season Kerei Rangunui Kerei as expected played a brilliant year. Definitely one of our best and fairest through out the year. Peter Christoulakis Peter was a forward / back has made great improvement this year, He improved every game all the way to the last game, not even his nose bleeds would stop him from wanting to get back out there. Thomas Koutsogiannis Great to see you played hard every game and never gave up. Go T. Khoder El-Zein Showed this year why you should never underestimate that smile. Hard runs and some great tackles. Clayton Menegakas Continued to show His strength within the forward pack with his continual work load every game.


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David Doueihi The final forward who is forgotten, David continually at dummy half, and then at marker has always done the work load of two forwards with the quantity of tackles and support. It's not the size of the individual it is the size of their heart. David is all heart. It appeared that if your name started with J and you joined the under12 gold you were a back. With Jake, Joshua, Jayden and Jackson being the other 4 new players all taking a role within the back role. Jake Gifford Starting full back and then found his true calling with his speed and quick thing fit perfectly into the centers. Jayden Wiremu (mr Zappo's) our other centre played a hard and fast gam. Especially after all the Lollie's Joshua Innis (our Billy Slater) took down a lot of our opposition at full back. Great speed and enthusiasm. Jackson Barbouttis Our other new starter in the back line Jackson missed more than half the season. With an amazing effort tackling against Peter from Hurstville to show he had the determination not to give up. However his shoulder injury in that tackle left him out until our final game. Ayden Watkins It was great to see Ayden’s desire to do his best for the team and he did not let them down. (amigo 1). Jack McLukie Played some spectacular moves with his quick thinking in every game, some I will never forget. (amigo 2) Zac Pikethley (the third amigo) continual providing support throughout the year. True team players. This leaves me to my last two players who I have not mentioned. Tyronne Ferriera Tyronne has a natural ability with the way he can read the opposition when he runs with the ball. Without a doubt a joy to watch. Definitely up their as one of our best and fairest. As a half back he can lead a team around a paddock. Ethan Hicks Ethan is our Captain and this year he led as a Captain. Not always by his words but more by his example. He would be in every possible tackle. Play in positions that determined on the day. Scored the winning try against Hurstville. Even after an injury he would come back onto the field and play, no matter how big the opposition. Definitely our best and fairest for 2012. Well done and well deserved.


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Thank you to every player this year for your efforts and achievements. I know I have enjoyed the year. Thanks to all the parents for your support in 2012. It has been a pleasure to coach your sons. Thank you to Anna for being Manager for 2012. Thanks to Kevin for your support and assistance especially on game days.

I also need to give a massive thank you to Tane who has helped train and develop the boys through out the season. From myself and all of the boys we enjoyed every training. All the best for your future endeavors. Looking forward to 2013 Paul Doueihi COACH


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Under 13s Place

Played

Won

2

13

7

Draw 1

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

Points

3

2

298

260

38

19

Finals Results Major Semi Final Preliminary Final

v. Renown United v. Kogarah Cougards

Lost Won

48-4 38-22

Grand Final

v. Renown United

Lost

30-12

What a year it has been for the Under 13s. I started coaching these boys last year and although it was a tough season for them they improved greatly and they continued to improve this season. We were boosted with the addition of new players this year and returning players too. The season started slowly and had its ups and downs but once the boys found their feet they were looking to make their first semi - final ever. We finished the back end of the season really well with a lot of wins and the boys played some great football and eventually finished second. So finally the boys have got to the finals but were outplayed by Renown in their first game. But the next week was a different story when we beat Kogarah 38-22 and the boys were grand final bound. So we play Renown for the fourth time this year and haven’t had a win against them yet. We started well and our defence was strong but a few errors and Renown scoring a few tries had the boys confidence down and it was 24 nil at halftime. In the second half the boys came out flying scoring two quick tries and were in it with a big chance but there wasn’t enough time on their side and we went down 30-12. Their second half performance was great and it just showed they can match it with them. The Players… Christopher Gwynne Jai Buckley Michael Carey Aurite Edwards Mahanga Edwards Elie Geagea Liam Kanis-Parker Joshua Maestrelli Brendan Mani Mitchell Maude Nathan Polutele Peter Polutele Jamie Sioris Ethan Stockman-Gray Mathew Watson Harrison Wild Thomas Williams Brent Coulthard Witeriana Koopu So well done boys we are very proud of you and you should be proud of yourselves too. I had a lot of people help me this season so a lot thanks goes to Amanda, Phil, Danny and Joel and a big thanks to Tatana who was great to have helping me with training and in the games he added a lot this year. So congratulations boys on a great season hopefully you can go one better next year. Damien Hopper Coach


2012 Season Report

Under 14s Place

Played

Won

4

13

10

Draw 1

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

Points

2

0

350

194

156

15

Finals Results Minor Semi Final Preliminary Final

v. North Ryde Hawks v. Renown United

Won Lost

20-16 40-10

The under 14s can be proud of their efforts this year. We made the semis and were one game short of a grand final. We performed very consistently throughout the year and have the makings of a very good side in the next few years. We had some quality new boys join the club this year and all of them performed outstandingly. Many thanks to the staff this year Anna , Richard and Greg for all their help throughout the year. The Players‌ James Mood (fullback) In his first year playing with the club and rugby league James performed very consistently throughout the year at fullback. He had a fine season in attack and defence scoring some nice tries and coming up with some great try saving tackles , I look forward to seeing James back next year. Will Farr (winger) A big improver this year with a full season under his belt. His running game went to another level and finished off some nice back line movements with his speed , gaining more confidence the more he plays; a great season Will. Jayden Prior (Winger) Consistent performer, pulled of some try saving tackles throughout the year, will improve even further as he develops, Well done Jayden. Harris Koutsigiannis (Centre) Harris the speed machine in the back line and very dangerous in open space , scored many fine tries and kicked plenty of nice goals. A very consistent season and improving all the time. Kelvin Prior (Utility) Utility player in the team , filled in and played a variety of positions for the team and did a fantastic job , playing a year above himself and did not look out of place. Tackled and carried the ball strongly on every occasion. Kieran Wyld ( five - eight) Captained the team and had a very consistent season , always involving himself in the game. Scored some nice individual tries, tackled and led the team strongly. Well done Kieran. Pat Allison (half back) Senior member of the team , organised and directed the team around the park , a great link between the forwards and backs. Gained more confidence as the season progressed. Brayden Toko (Lock) Very consistent performer in the forward pack. His ball playing went to another level and had a very strong finish to the season , having a great game in the grand final qualifier.


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Joel Dufty (second row) Club stalwart and another consistent performer in the forward pack. He finished off the season with some strong performances when it mattered in the semis, developing all the time as he grows well done Joel. Khlyn Dynn (second row) First season with the club and improved every game a powerful runner with the ball and is only going to get better with every game he plays , a great acquisition to the team. Mat Lakos (front row) Our best forward this year , joined the club half way through last season. He took his game to another level this year with his powerful tackle busting runs and brutal defence. Led the forward pack and dominated many games allowing our back line to prosper. A great season Mat. Scotty Harris (Hooker) Played in a new position this year at hooker and consistently developed throughout the year and finished off the season very strongly in his new role. Scored the winning try in the minor semi with seconds to go, to enable us to progress. Next year he will be even better. Well done Scotty. Daniel Polutele ( Front row) The big boy took us forward all year and had a strong season , had his best game in the minor semi with powerful running and brutal defence. Well done Dan , see you next season bigger and better. Kassam Choker (forward) Another boy playing a year above himself , a strong defender and never let the team down when he played. Improving all the time as he matures and his best footy is yet to come. Zane Stanley ( Back) A reliable performer and played well with limited opportunities. Was restricted with game time after suffering a serious collarbone injury early in the season. Hope for a change of luck next season Josaiah Finau (Forward) Tried hard and gave his best when presented the opportunity. Was asked to play a variety of positions and always played to the best of his ability. Jacob Walker (Forward) Jacob was restricted this year with sickness and availability , tried hard with limited opportunities. Zepher Edwards (back) Started the season superbly , a real handful for opposition defences with his ball running. Unfortunately personal issues cut his reason short. Hope to see him back when he gets his life together. On closing , hopefully everyone will return next year and we can continue their development as rugby league players. Thanks again to all the boys for a great season. Ashley Wyld Coach


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Under 15s Place

Played

Won

7

13

3

Draw 1

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

Points

9

0

217

310

-93

7

2012 was a season that started off full of promise, started to struggle under a heavy injury load, and then ended with a string of impressive performances that showed what these players can do when they really put their minds and bodies into it. The Players‌

Michael Kanis A strong and solid season for one of our 10 year veterans, Michael showed what a skilful and versatile player he can be. Dylan Sinclair Another 10 year player, Dylan had a fantastic season after his move to fullback. Excellent work in attack and cover defence. Lachlan Hui Brilliant debut season for a player destined to go further. Lachlan showed great defensive ability and his speed and strength in attack was superb. Mitchell Walsh Consistent season from another of our 10 year players. Mitchell played several positions during the season and was very reliable in attack and defence. Jordan Chong Sun Another strong season from a very gifted player. Jordan led the side around with a very strong running, passing and kicking game. Joshua Carroll Good season from a very strong and hard working forward. Josh was always ready for the hard stuff up front and was a hurting and solid defender. Matthew Quirk A great and improved season for our smallest, yet noisiest player. Matt was fantastic in defence, often topping tackling counts. Unveiled a kicking game as well. Ryan Brickwood Very solid and consistent performance from a player with loads of potential. Ryan showed that he is a strong runner and punishing defender. Tom Jackson Another 10 year player that had a very strong season. Tom was one of our leading metre gainers in attack and a very reliable defender. Jacob Innes A strong start to the season was unfortunately punctuated with a knee injury. Jacob returned later in the season to be an important part of our late season form. Luke Harris A potentially great season punctuated with injury and illness. Luke showed what a gifted and talented player he is with performances well-above his weight division.


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Shaun Wood Another of our 10 year players, Shaun had a very consistent season. He is a very important part of our side, both on and off the field. Chris Ktenas In his first year of Rugby League, Chris showed a heap of improvement throughout the season in all parts of the game. A late season injury prematurely ended his season. Johan Roodt At his first season in the "Green & Gold", Johan was a great acquisition for us with his strong running a hard-hitting defence. Unfortunately, another who ended the season with injury. Adam Nahas A very strong season from one of our leading "big men". Adam always ran it up very hard and was responsible for alot of metres gained. Strong defender as well. Djae Rhodes Another new player to our side. Djae proved to be a very strong and gifted footballer with tremendous power in attack and punishing defence. Taine Koopu A late addition to our team, Taane showed an incredible amount of strength and size. With an early start to next season, Taane will be a leading part of this team. We must also acknowledge the contributions of Fraser Carlyle, Corey Hopper, Adam Mourad and Omar Akkawy who were unable to fulfil their commitments for various reasons. A big thanks must again go to our coach, Darren Campbell. Darren is a fantastic coach and educator of junior players and, again, did a great job through trying circumstances with these boys. As well, a big thanks to our trainers, Rick Sinclair, Max Simmons, CJ Campbell and Mick Quirk. A job well done. Finally, to our players, you are a superb group of young men that are yet to taste the success that is just around the corner. You are all a credit to your families and our club is very proud of the integrity and respect that you guys show on and off the field. Lets make sure you all stay together into the future. Dave Cahill Manager


2012 Season Report

Under 16’s Place

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

Points

2

13

8

0

4

1

310

294

16

18

Finals Results (Div. I) Major Semi Final Preliminary Final

v Alexandria Rovers v. Leichhardt Wanderers

Lost Won

32-26 26-24

Grand Final

v. Alexandria Rovers

Won

28-26

Congratulations to every member of the back to back premiership winning Under 16s. We started the year in a tough position, not only playing first division, but short on numbers. Our first challenge was the opening game of the season against last years division one Premiers Kingsgrove. The boys took the challenge head on and realised that for the first time they were eye to eye with the opposition. The boys rose to the challenge playing a superb game of football coming away with a 30 – 22 win. That’s where the joy finished for the next couple of weeks as we played the previous years semi-finalists with a struggling bench. We won two out of our first five games however, this was not enough to stay in first division after the re-grade. From there we were fortunate to pick up some more players and were extremely competitive in a very strong second division. We finished the regular season in second and from there we lost our major semi in extra time. The next week saw the boys play a very strong Leichhardt at Jubilee stadium where the boys played a great game. As usual the boys left it to the last five minutes to pull it out of the bag with a 26-22 victory. The grand final was played at Redfern Oval against Alexandria Rovers. The boys started on fire getting out to a 10 nil lead before the Rovers came back to tie the game up to 16 all at half time. The boys showed true heart to never give up and come away with the victory in the last three minutes of the game to record a 28 – 26 victory. Well done boys! P.S. The only thing better than the result was the trip home on the bus….. Special mention must go to four of the teams stalwarts who represented St George proudly in in this years Harold Matthews competition Daniel Ascoli, Matthew Dufty, Jason El-Hawsi and Nathan McIlveen. I would like to thank the coaching staff who supported myself and the boys all year, Pauline Springett (Manager), Laurie Moodie (First Aid Officer), Paul O’Loughlin (Trainer). A special mention must go to the following: Our number one supporter Laurie (go anywhere) McColm, our ball boy Connor McSweeney who did such a great job! Our bus driver John Ascoli and breakfast hosts “The Springy’s”. Here is a brief rundown of each player’s achievements and development throughout the year: The Players… Daniel Ascoli A hard running second rower. Always gives 100% in attack and defense. Nathan McIlveen Co-captain who led the team to their second premiership win. One of the backbones of the team who always gives his best.


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Matt Dufty Also co-captain with the ability to pull games out of the fire scoring over 40 tries for the season, the team could not do without him. Daniel Robinson Our little general playing no.7 always creating opportunity for the outside backs and defends way above his playing weight. (nudie run required!). Daniel Springett Mr Versatile can play a number of positions for this team (and happily does so!) he never lets down the team. Matt Springett Our no.9 who made this position his own this year with some great scoots from dummy half always taking the team forward. Controlled the forwards with servicing good balls. Jason El-Hawsi New player to the team who proved to be a great asset. Jason was one of the dominate prop forwards who made good yards and got better as the year went on. Hope to see you next year! Ricky Vrahnos Ricky is one of the original Penshurst players and is a dedicated, motivating and inspirational leader in the forward pack. A pleasure to coach and a fantastic year. Mark Ataya Another long standing Penshurst junior who on his day is one of the best second rowers in the competition. Mark has the ability to devastate the opposition. Kass Goh A great utility player who can fill in any position and does it with enthusiasm and commitment. Our little ever ready battery!. Hussien Anani A new player to our team who strengthened our forward pack and fitted in well with all the boys. Huss always played strong in attack and defense. Hope to see you back next year. Connor Ryan A new player to our team as well who proved size isn’t everything and had a go in what ever position he was asked to play. Connor scored a decisive try in the final which helped us get into the final. Dave Udovcic Another new player to our team who with more rugby league under his belt will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Played strong out in the centres. Vincent Ryan Vincent was one of our best outside backs with great hands and the ability to score some nice tries. Vincent is also a very strong defender. Tristan King Another outside back who always gives 100% in attack and defense. Tristan is a pleasure to coach and we hope that he returns next season. Aaron Keady A player from the past who returned to the club and picked up where he left off. Defensively one of the best in the side. Always gives everything was a real pleasure to have in the side. Hope he enjoyed the year and comes back.


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Luka Fredotovik A front rower with the skills of “Benji Marshall” can do anything, always taking the ball up hard, tackle well and has the ability to chip and chase. Great year Luka! Photi Malatos One of speed men in the side, who can score some nice tries. He tackles strongly and backs up well. A joy to coach and have in the team. Thomas Garrido Our rock at the back saving many tries with his tenacious defense. Also has the ability to return the ball gaining valuable yards. Great under the high ball and an integral part of the team. Many thanks to all of the parents for your assistance and support throughout the season. Your encouragement of the boys paved the way for a great year. You should all be very proud of our children. They were excellent ambassadors for our club and are a credit to their parents. Thanks to the club and executive committee for all their support throughout the year. Just in finishing thanks for the memories boys – I won’t forget it.

Glenn Dufty Coach


2012 Season Report

Under 19’s Place

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Against

Diff

Points

3

13

8

0

4

1

218

218

0

18

Finals Results (Div. I) Minor Semi-Final Preliminary Final

v. Minto v. Arncliffe Scots

Won Lost

42-30 34-14

I would like to start by thanking the committee for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a great club where the culture is one to be experienced and thank you to Justin my assistant coach Purc my trainer and managers Tam and Steve. Without you guys my job would have been a lot harder than it was. Now to my players what can I say I have not in my 14 years of coaching/training ever been involved with a tighter group of boys than these boys and it was a pleasure to coach them this year and it was great to see some old and new players come back to the club and a huge thank you to Ben Mirfin, Ben Rogers, Blake, Robbie, David and Codey for playing up in the 19s this year from the u/17s. You boys played above your weight each week and were an asset to the team and club. This year saw the introduction of the west competition to the ICCC and we knew we were up for a tough season, Our season started off slowly and the weather didn't help, but we soon started to play some footy winning some good games of tough football against Kingsgrove & Ingleburn. With 5 rounds to go we were sitting outside the top 4 and only a mathematical chance of making the 4 and having to rely on results to go our way. We had results go our way and won our last 5 games to finish the regular season in 3rd spot which was a tremendous effort from the boys. We then met Minto in the elimination semi at Cahill Park and after an arm wrestle we were victorious 42-30 this meant we met Arncliffe the minor premiers in the Prelim final at Jubilee and with injuries and the odds stacked against us we went down fighting and were eliminated for season 2012. Lastly I would like to make special mention to a few players Hugh and Jordan. These 2 guys were bench warmers 3 years back and rarely got any game time and were not keen to come back to the club for that reason. I’m glad they did return because they never let me down starting in every game and playing an important role in our season. There is 1 more person to thank and that's my wife Katie as she is well and truly the secret to my success. Not only did she spend every Saturday & Sunday at the ovals she would play taxi driver and master chef to 20+ boys after a good win. Players The u19 players for season 2012 Jordan Dewsnap Blake Tonna-Riley Hakopa Stroud Corey Tonna-Riley Codey Moore William Wood Hugh Milsom William Inu Ben Rogers Eden Pomare


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Vise Pohahau Jack Walsh Huia Williams Jake Loseby Robbie Smith Kelekolio Eteaki Ben Mirfin Chevy Marsh David Tupae Marcus Nunygn-Curry Harry Newton

Thanks for a great year boys see you all next year.

Cheers Jason Tonna coach U19s


2012 Season Report

A grade Place

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Agin

Diff

Points

2

13

10

0

1

2

342

126

216

20

Finals Results Major Semi-Final Final

v. Eaglevale-St Andrews v. All Saints Liverpool

Lost Won

25-24 36-4

Grand Final

v. Eaglevale-St Andrews

Won

30-0

After having toughed out the 2011 season where we struggled for numbers, the A grade’s 2012 started far more brightly with a number “old” faces returning to the fold. With some new faces as well, the new season suddenly looked a lot brighter than the previous one. Sometime during the pre-season, the team leadership and coaching staff agreed that “...it was about time we actually won something...”. There was a new-found resolve born of the optimism gained from the depth and quality of our squad - a resolve that was to take the team all the way to that big day in September. Players The 2012 Penshurst RSL A grade team comprised the following players… Peter Josh Ben Jacob Ernie Chris Glenn Tim Ben Anton Damien Michael Gerry Finau Robbie Tommy Michael Dave Phil Ryan Adam Lachlan Tom Michael

Armessen Baihn Carey Carson Ciaschetti Cusumano Dewitt Edwards Galluzzo Harris Hopper (capt) Ireland Maestrelli Mahina Matagito Patel (v. capt) Petrie Pham Pham Tandek Rogers Rowley Ryan Winchester

Season 2012 As a typical Penshurst RSL team, under-sized in the forwards, the squad, however, bristled with ability and, more importantly, a tremendously positive attitude.


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Graded in the 3rd division of the A grade, the only way for us was up. The initial objective was to gain promotion to the 2nd division, which was scheduled to occur after 5 comp games. This was achieved with little fuss – our narrowest winning margin was by 4 tries. Our next aim was to prove ourselves in the higher division. We started with mixed results – • a tight win, • a crash-back-to-earth loss (it does make a big difference when, as an under-sized team, you take the field without the necessary intensity and attitude), • followed by a thrashing of the then-undefeated comp leaders. We then set our sights on the finals, with the long term aim of a top 2 spot and a shot at a home Grand Final. We achieved the first aim with another 4 wins on the trot, but narrowly missed out on the second aim when we lost the Major Semi by a field goal to the competition favourites – Eaglevale-St Andrews. From this point, the resolve of the boys strengthened in their determination to gain that premiership. The Final at Jubilee Oval started as a tense arm-wrestle against All Saints Liverpool, until the opposition finally cracked – we led 24-0 at half-time. Starved of possession in the second half, Penshurst RSL’s defence was magnificent as they boys defended multiple repeat sets. Withstanding all the pressure, we also won the second half – prevailing as 36-4 winners. To the Grand Final; and nothing was going to prevent the boys in Green and Gold from claiming the big one – certainly not Eaglevale. Scoring early, the Rissoles were never headed (except by an endless flow of high shots). Our 18-0 lead was converted into a 30-0 victory, which was as dominant as it was deserved. Penshurst RSL’s A grade finally had “...actually won something...”. As their coach, the team-culture of this group of young men was not only inspiring, but an absolute pleasure to work with. They thoroughly deserved the successes achieved this year. Our Club A big factor in the positive culture of the A grade is the pride and belief they have in their club. Grand Final weekend could not have been a better experience for the boys. As each result and achievement rolled in (both in victory and defeat) for the club, the boys’ determination rose. For instance, as we travelled the M5 on the bus to Campbelltown, news of the u16s victory lifted everyone on the bus yet another notch. To be the final team to take the field on that weekend was, for us, a culmination of the club’s big weekend, and a privilege. Likewise, the support from our Green and Gold crowd, particularly for the Final at Jubilee and the Grand Final at Campbelltown, was magnificent. The boys took every encouragement from the powerful support behind them. A grade Supporters An important part of our success this year was the unstinting support that we received throughout the season. Week in, week out, the team was buoyed by the encouragement and enthusiasm of our regular supporters, be they family, friends, younger club players and club stalwarts. Sincere thanks also to the executive committee of the football club who gave us great support and encouragement throughout the season. The support and assistance that we received from each of the committee members helped make our season the success that it was. A grade Sponsors Important to our success was the financial support received from our sponsors in 2012…


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The Gamesman Penshurst RSL Automate Mechanical Repairs, Mortdale This support of the A grade team was very much appreciated. Whenever and wherever possible, please, return this support by patronising our sponsors. Team Staff On behalf of the boys and myself, I would like to express our gratitude to our team staff‌ Michael Baihn Matthew Sloane Tim Burnell Martin Lee Graeme Hemopo Alea Smith Kymani Smith

Assistant Coach Head Trainer Trainer Trainer Manager Manager’s Assistant Ball-boy

These people worked together and for the team selflessly. No problem was a drama as everyone contributed to the team effort without fuss, doing whatever was necessary to get the job done. My personal thanks to the team staff and to the players for an enjoyable and memorable season.

Ken Harris Coach of the Premiers


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Penshurst RSL Rugby League acknowledges the generous support of our major Club sponsors in 2011

Phone Fax Web

(02) 9580 3749 (02) 9570 6179 www.penshurstrsl.com.au

Phone: (02) 9588 3455 or 0418 232 007 Mark Somboli – Director 2 Montgomery St, Kogarah. Montgomery Real Estate Web www. montgom.com.au


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