State Schoolboys U12s Team 2015

State Schoolboys U12s Team 2015

Trials for the 2015 WA State Schoolboys Under 12s Team (Year 6 and Year 7) will take place during 1st term and the April School holidays. Players turning 12 years of age in 2015 are eligible to nominate.

This year’s WA state schoolboys team will be travelling to Geelong in Victoria from July 17th – 26th. The trial dates can be found on the School Sport WA website with trials being held in Karrinyup, Herne Hill and Mandurah.

In order to nominate for the trials please go to the School Sport WA website – locate the ‘Interstate’ at the top of the page.

Please let your Booragoon Bulldogs Coach and/or Committee rep know you are nominating.

If you have any queries please contact the School Sport WA office or:

Alex McLennan
Tour Leader / Manager
State 12s Team
School Sport WA
9276 5832 (via Camboon Primary School)
0438 937 078

Fitzy Goes to Melbourne

fitzy at the afl

Our very own East Fremantle District Junior Coach of the Year, Graeme “Fitzy” Fitzgerald, spent this weekend in Melbourne with the best Football coaches from all over Australia at the AFL National Coaching Conference.  Fitzy received this trip as part of his 2014 Coaching award.

Apart from a swanky dinner with Australia’s best coaching talent, there were presentations from AFL luminaries including David Parkin, Alistair Clarkson, and Stan Alves.

Nice work Fitzy!!

2014 Year 7s

At the start of the season the Year 7 Booragoon team had a healthy 34 players turn up for a sweaty pre-season training run. This included 30 players coming from the two Year 6 teams the previous year and 4 new players, Riley Bourne, Lewis Thom, Jerry Kovac and Mitchell Walker.

2014 was going to be the first year that Year 7s in the East Fremantle Junior District were to play for premiership points and the ultimate prize of a grand final premiership. Because of this the coaches put extensive time with the boys into fitness, game play and varied tactics depending on the type of team and game style they came across from week to week.

The team became renowned for their slow starts to games. Maybe it was because the boys had to be awake and ready for a game at 8.15am every Saturday morning or because it was chilly and the footballs were usually wet in the first quarter, however, they became a dominant force after half time where they often kept the opposition scoreless while showing impressive form in attack themselves.

After a slow start to the year where the team lost two of the first three games and a number of players due to broken bones, they settled and slowly became an unbeatable team in the competition winning the next 10 games in a row. Finishing the season with 12 wins out of 15 games played in the qualifying rounds saw the boys achieve third place. The finals were upon us and we were to meet in the first game Attadale in the First Semi Final; a team we had not beaten for 3 years. New game plans were drawn up and a total commitment from the team named for the day. Playing at 1.00pm in the afternoon instead of first thing in the morning was also going to help. After a tight first quarter Booragoon pulled away and won in a crushing defeat of 8.11 (59) to 1.2 (8). This led us into the Preliminary Final and the team that dominated the season; the Bullcreek-Leeming Sharks. After another slow start and 3 goals down at half time, the Booragoon boys kicking into a very strong wind staged a remarkable come back to finally hit the front with less than 3 minutes to play. The effort of all was outstanding and put us into the first ever Year 7 Grand Final. Applecross was to be our nemesis and even though the boys put in a terrific performance they were worn down by a stronger and better team on the day.

I personally would like to thank the mountain of parents who volunteered their time as goal umpires, orange providers, canteen helpers, drink fillers and general supporters. The team could not run on the day without your support. Special thanks to Lisa Kovac (Boundary Umpire), Nik Hofmeester (First Aid) and Janine Wain (Photographer) for their week-in, week-out efforts.

To Paul Logothetis and Michael Gardner (Team Managers), Lindsey Marley (Team Runner) and Paul Ovens (Assistant Coach and iPad extraordinaire); fantastic efforts gents. The biggest thanks goes to Mark Downey (Assistant Coach) who never missed a training session and developed and progressed the boys with his innovative skill sessions and tireless efforts of encouragement. With a team like this supporting you as a coach, it makes life a lot less stressful and allows the team to have the fantastic season they did.

We hope to see you all back for the season in 2015!

Ian Minotti (Coach)

Year 7s Fight to the End

Year 7s Fight to the End

Our Booragoon Year 7s fought valiantly to the end, but were defeated in the Grand Final by Applecross. The final score was:

Applecross 13.5 (83) def Booragoon 3.4 (22)

Congratulations to Ian Minotti and his team on making the Grand Final, the parents supporting the team, and again most importantly, to the Year 7 boys having an outstanding first season in a finals system competition.

Minno has notified the club that after many years of coaching, he has decided to take a step back and let the boys hear the message from another dad. He also wants to spend more time watching his son play. This is a great opportunity for another dad (or mum!) to get involved. Thanks Ian for many years of service to this playing group.



This year the Booragoon Junior Football Club have two teams playing in Grand Finals this Saturday 13th September – that “one day in September”.

Congratulations to our Year Eight Team coached by Tony Grosse and Graeme Fitzgerald, and our Year Seven team, coached by Ian Minotti and his coaching panel, on winning through to their Grand Finals. We wish our teams all the best on Saturday, enjoy the day.

Both Grand Finals will be played at the brand new Piara Waters Sports Complex, on the corner of Nicholson Rd and Wright Rd (20 minutes from Karoonda Park, travel south on Nicholson Road and turn right at Wright Rd and left at the first roundabout). This new facility will be in pristine condition for both games. The Year 7 Grand Final commences at 11am and is immediately followed by the Year 8 Grand Final at 1pm.

Our players need the support of all club members. Please make every effort to come along and barrack for both teams in their quest for premiership glory.

Lighting Carnivals

BJFC recently had a number of teams competing in various Lighting Carnivals at Karoonda and around the district.

The weekend kicked off on Friday night with a massive Auskick Lighting Carnival at Karoonda under lights.  This was a huge event, with literally hundreds of players, coaches, parents and spectators creating a massive buzz at the ground.  The carnival was a huge success, the players enjoyed a fantastic night, and the BJFC put on a great show for other clubs in the district.  If Meagan and the Auskick team can recover from putting on such a large show, the Booragoon JFC Auskick Night Lighting Carnival may become an annual fixture!

Karoonda also hosted a Year 6 carnival over the weekend.  Again, this was a huge event, with the Year 6 crew (coordinated by Paul Logothetis) covering all bases and running a very slick carnival.  Both Bulldogs Year 6 team played very well, missing the final by the smallest of margins.  Well done to everyone involved.

The Bulldogs also had multiple teams entered into Year 4, Year 5 and Year 7 carnivals elsewhere in the district, and managed to win all three carnivals.  Outstanding work to all involved – it’ll be good to see the silverware up in the Karoonda clubrooms soon!!

2011 Under 12s Report

As stated in my preseason newsletter we had a number of key focus areas for the season. First and foremost we wanted the boys to continue to develop their basic skills. In particular we wanted the boys to work hard on those skills that they still found challenging. We also had a focus on the further development of game skills and improving the style of footy that we wanted to play. Finally, and very importantly, we aimed to have every one of the players thoroughly enjoy their football.

I am sure that everyone will agree that the boys have enjoyed another very successful season. In my view there are a number of highlights that have contributed to this success. I believe that we all witnessed a marked improvement in the boys’ football in the second half of the season. The boys all seemed to step up a gear. They played with greater intensity, gave 100% for four quarters and were prepared to go in hard to get the ball and to look after their team mates. We also saw the development of a greater sense of team in this part of the season. The boys wanted to work hard for each other, were prepared to share the ball and at times demonstrated some really unselfish play. I gained great pleasure in watching the boys encourage each other and gather around someone who had done something special.

At the beginning of the season we were short of players and it was great to have a number of new faces join us throughout the season. The new guys slotted into the side really quickly and all made a contribution to the team’s success. I was extremely impressed with the manner in which the returning players welcomed the new players into the team. The boys showed a great deal of maturity and character.

Also very pleasing to observe this season was the further development of the boys’ individual skills, the team’s game skills and an overall improvement in our style of play. After each game I would reflect on our strengths and also our areas for improvement. The areas for improvement would more often than not form the focus of our next training session. Throughout the season it was very pleasing to see the things that we had been working so hard on at training starting to feature in the games. Whilst on the subject of training I would like to thank the boys for their fantastic attendance at training throughout the season. We had most boys with us every Thursday and it certainly helped to create that sense of team and to further develop the game skills and strategies.

I have a lot of people to thank for their fantastic contribution to season 2011. First I would like to say a huge thank you to my Assistant Coach Rob Liebeck. Rob’s support and advice, particularly at the beginning of the season, was invaluable and his willingness to get in and do whatever was required to make sure the game went ahead was admirable.

My sincere thanks also to our fantastic Team Manager Les Chidgzey. Having been a Team Manager in the past myself, I know firsthand that it is not the most glamorous job. However, once again, Les has done an outstanding job of making it all happen behind the scenes and always with a smile on his face.

A huge thank you also goes to all of the parents, family members and friends that have supported our wonderful team this season. Without your support it simply doesn’t happen and I know that the boys love having you on the sidelines cheering them on.

On a personal note I would like to thank all of the parents for their support and encouragement during my first year of coaching.

I have saved my biggest thank you for the real stars of the show…the players. Boys, you really are a terrific bunch of kids. You should all be very proud of what you have achieved this season and also of the way in which you have conducted yourselves both on and off the field. It has been a pleasure to work with such an enthusiastic, respectful and fun group. Enjoy your off season and I really hope that you will all be back to represent the Mighty Bulldogs once again in season 2012.

Simon Maton (Coach)