Thank you to the players of the U17’s this season for their enthusiasm, effort and hard work they have put into the 2011 season. I have spent the last 2 seasons coaching these boys and have really enjoyed my involvement.
With so many of our players playing at East Fremantle Colts and a serious injury to one of our best players, I thought the U17’s team had an outstanding season, winning 7 out of 12 games played this season and in the games they lost, 4 of those games were by narrow margins. We only played one game this season near full strength, which of course we won.
I am very proud, as I am sure the parents and the Club are of the way the U17’s played their football this season and the way they handled being forfeited 2 games by East Fremantle JCC, which cost us a place in the finals. The boys could have given it all away when we found out about the forfeits, but showed great character as a team and won our last 2 games convincingly, so what could have been we will never know.
Congratulations to Declan Newing, Cam Atkin, Zac Wilton, Matt Hansen, Jacob Green and Alex Howson for being selected in the East Fremantle Colts squad at the start of the season. Usually, this would mean that those 6 boys would train with the colts team throughout the season and may be play 1 or 2 games and play the rest of the season with the U17’s, but of course when our U17’s got their chance to play colts, they played to such a high standard that 3 of the boys became permanent players of the East Fremantle Colts team and we finished the season with 4 of the boys playing East Fremantle Colts for our last 2 games, which was an outstanding effort by those boys.
I hope all the boys continue to play football next season, wherever that may be and always remember the great junior years they had playing football for the Booragoon Bulldogs.
My thanks to Kane Tomasevich for being an outstanding Captain for the U17’s in 2011. Thanks also to Craig, Trevor, Noel and Jane for their help on game days. Thank you to the BJFC Committee and the parents of the U17’s for all your help over the season.
On behalf of the boys, parents and Club I would like to thank Ross Atkin, Ross started coaching this team in Auskick until U13’s and then took on the role as Assistant Coach from U14’s to U17’s. Thank you Ross for your involvement with this team over their 12 years of Junior Football, it is very much appreciated by all of us.
This will be my last season with the Booragoon Junior Football Club, so I wish the Club all the best for the future. Finally, thanks again to the great group of young men of the Booragoon U17’s, I am very proud that I can say I coached this team.
Greg Pearson (Coach)