2016 Year 9s


Back: Jerry Kovac, Meegan Bourne (Team Manager), Cameron Santaromita, Lindsay Marley (Asst. Coach), Harrison Cormack, Lewis Thom, Riley Downey, Zane Minotti, Callum Green, Blair Marley, Kade Burns, Digby Marshall, Darcy Cronin, Thomas Schmidt-Wilkes, Matthew Logothetis, Mark Downey (Coach)
Front: Jai Thomas, Riley Bourne, Hamish Thomson, Jethro James, Julian Amara, Daniel Schmidt (C), Josh Harris-Walker, Samuel Ryan, Kai Katnich, Keldon Wain
Absent: Joshua Morisey (inset), Patrick Fox (inset), Michael Raphael (inset)

It only seemed like yesterday when pre-season training started! A great healthy turnout over the first hot weeks of late February saw the Boys put through their paces.

With a couple of retirees off to pursue other sports, we were enormously lucky to welcome Harrison Cormack and Cameron Santaromita to our squad. It was even better to have Kia Katnich back from his 2015 round ball exploits, as we settled into Round 1 with a squad of 26.

With a mantra of Fitter, Stronger, Harder, Longer during pre-season, the training sessions were run at a fairly intense pace. Training was designed to match our playing style of hard-running with high skill execution under pressure.

This year the Players voted in a Leadership Group and it was with much pleasure on Jumper Presentation Night that we announced that Julian Amara, Jethro James, Joshua Harris Walker were joint Vice Captains and the Team Captain of the year was unanimously Daniel Schmidt.

Our first eight games saw us collect 6 wins and 2 losses having us sitting 3rd on the ladder.
The last eight games of the Home and Away season saw our record extend to 13 wins and 3 losses. Finishing the year in 3rd position.

A couple of highlights during the regular season was Harry’s 80m goal after the siren. And Sam Ryan’s absolute screamer of a mark.

Onto the 2016 Premiership Finals.
The 1st Semi Final saw us play against a challenging Rossmoyne Team; who were certainly on the improve during the season. Fortunately, the Boys turned up with a great mindset and literally blew Rossmoyne away with a dominant hard running game to come out winners by 84 points.

The next week saw us face our historical rivals, Applecross. In a form reversal, we struggled against a formidable opposition. They came out full of run and vigour and we found ourselves on the back foot after the first quarter. From then on the games was more even as we settled into matchups and structure. Unfortunately, it was too little too late and our run of consecutive Grand Final appearances had come to an end.

I did say to the Boys at the end of the 2015 season that they were all on a 5 year football journey before they enter senior football. There would be lots of bumps and bruises and ups and downs. Sometimes you will win and sometimes you will lose and as hard as the losses are to swallow they will learn more about themselves. Which can only be positive!

Huge “Thank you” to Meegan Bourne our fantastic TEAM MANAGER.

Organising two Teams (Year 7’s) as well as the Year 9’s, with the many game day demands and Bylaws is never easy. So we are all truly indebted to Meegan for keeping us on the right path.

Thank you to Layton Bourne for his tireless efforts as a Runner, Boundary Umpire and Water carrier during the season. You did a fantastic job, Layton!

To all the parents and “volunteers” Meegan and I THANK YOU. We appreciated all of your assistance as I’m sure your boys did.

Special thanks to Lisa Kovac, Kim Thomas, Mitch Thomas and Layton Bourne for running the Boundary.

Eddie Kovac and Ian Minotti for acting as Runners relaying messages out to the onfield players.

Huge thanks also to Graham and Leanne Cormack for organising the water for the Team. They were there for every training session and every game. Also thanks to Graham, Lou and Adrian for running water on gameday.

We are all truly indebted to the great Coaching of Lindsay Marley. Thank you also to Kingsley Morisey for his assistance at training over the season and for Running on game days.

As the game gets quicker and the players get bigger the role of the First Aiders becomes more important. So I would like to sincerely thank Kate Fox and Marie Schmidt for all of their professionalism and diligence rendering aide over the season. It is always a good sign when they have a quiet day.

Thank you also to Paul Logothetis. Week in week out Paul “ran” the Interchange for the Team. With a full squad of Players available on most Game days and the requirement to manage game time, this is a very important role. We tended to average around 80-90 interchanges per game. That is never easy! Thanks heaps Paul.

Congratulations to all the players who tried out for the respective District Development Squads. Well done to Daniel Schmidt, Joshua Harris-Walker, Kia Katnich, Samuel Ryan and Thomas Wilkes-Schmidt on making it through to the East Fremantle District WAFL Development Squad.

I remain very proud of all the player’s achievements over the season. A very rewarding year in skill development and game understanding. Well done to everyone involved.

Mark Downey (Coach)

Bulldogs in Development Teams

Congratulations to these Booragoon Bulldogs for making the final East Fremantle District Development Teams for 2016.

Year 10s: Reed Walker, Luke Rule, Declan Thompson, Levi Burns, and Jack Redman

Year 9s: Kai Katnich, Harrison Cormack, Daniel Schmidt, Joshua Harris-Walker and Sam Ryan

Year 8s: Cameron Birkholz, Charles Casale, Connor Fitzgerald, Tommy Schmidt-Wilkes and Sam Grattidge


Enjoy the carnival!

2016 Fairest & Best

Congratulations to the 2016 Booragoon JFC Fairest & Best players, awarded at our Clubs Fairest & Best Awards event last night.  And well done to all Booragoon JFC players for a fantastic season of skillful and fair football, you did yourselves, your team and your club proud!

Year 12: Carl Graham & Brodie Breen
Year 10: Brayden Forrest & Levi Burns
Year 9: Joshua Harris-Walker & Harrison Cormack
Under 15 Girls: Brittaney Gonsalves & Monique Blasiak
Year 8 Whites: Charles Casale & Declan Ryan
Year 8 Blues: Samuel Collins, Thomas Grier & Jack Norrish

2015 Year 9s

2015 Team Y09

Back: Tom Atkinson (Coach), Mitch Thomas, Paul Mannix (Assistant Coach), Jason Lewins, Mason Grosse, James Lieschke, Alex Savery, Andrew Trefry, Dylan Veitch, Connor Philpot, Kody Eaton, Juno Bevilaqua, Scott Lieschke (Assistant Coach), Sharyn Rule (Team Manager), Andrew Dwyer (Assistant Coach)
Middle: Cameron Miller, George Wessels, Declan Thompson, Kyle Potter, Conor Mannix, Daniel Brown, Nicholas Steber, Cameron Alexander, Ronan Porter
Front: Lachlan Fitzgerald, Jack Forrest, Adam Rule, Tom Dwyer, Mitch Rudrum, Reed Walker
Absent: Luke Rule, Justin Matthys

2015 has been a fantastic year of transition for the Yr 9’s group. At the start of the year we welcomed a number of new players from nearby clubs which added substantially to our talent and depth. It is a credit to the boys and parents for the way in which these new families were embraced in to the club and Yr 9 team.

As a new coach with a strong coaching team we set out moulding a style of play among the group which proved quite successful during the year, ultimately winning more games than we lost which was certainly a goal coming up from a lower division in 2014.

After finishing 4th at the end of the home and away season we were unlucky to be knocked out in the first week of finals. The boys can be very proud of their development this year and it’s great to say that every player made some great steps in their footballing knowledge and ability during the season.
Congratulations to those who were nominated for development squads, several of whom are experiencing this for the first time, it is indicative of the progress some players made throughout the year.

As a coach without any kids in the team I really have to say a huge thank you to all the Yr 9 parents who took care of all the nitty gritty for me during the year allowing me to focus solely on coaching. I’m certain we have the best Team Manager in the District in Sharyn Rule who could not of been more in control (or at least it seemed that way!) and was always looking to help me out on top of her already long list of responsibilities.

I was also extremely lucky to have a never ending list of Dad helpers, in particular thanks to those who were coaching with me each week- Scott Leischke, Paul Mannix and Andrew Dwyer as well as our Runners during the year Graeme Fitzgerald, Geoff Rule and Brendan Miller. Really I could go through our whole list of parents who were roped into some role or another for the season and didn’t let us down.

As many of you would know I am very passionate about footy at Karoonda, and loved my coaching this year. We have a great bunch of boys, some with real top end talent, and I look forward to being involved again next year and continuing the developmental steps started this season.

Tom Atkinson (Coach)

Club Fairest & Best Awards

We had a great night for the first Booragoon JFC Club Fairest & Best Awards evening for Year 8-11 players.  Thanks to all players and parents for attending, and for the volunteers for putting on a great night.

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Congratulations to the Booragoon JFC Fairest & Best Award Winners for the 2015 season!!  And great acceptance speeches from all players, and nice words from our Coaches – well done!

Year 11

Fairest & Best: Trent Newton
Fairest & Best Runner Up: Ned Brennan

Year 10

Fairest & Best: Gavin Thompson
Fairest & Best Runner Up: Ben Nash

Year 9

Fairest & Best: Kyle Potter
Fairest & Best Runner Up: Andrew Trefry

Year 8

Fairest & Best: Daniel Schmidt
Fairest & Best Runner Up: Josh Harris-Walker

2014 Year 9s

Yet again we come to the end of another great season. This year we amalgamated the Whites and the Blues into one side with the addition of some top recruits. At first this was a challenge but as the season progressed it was great to see the boys get behind each other and play as one unit.

Overall, looking at our win to lose ratio (15 games, 6 wins, 9 losses) I don t think it was a true reflection of this season. As the season went on the boys grew in confidence and teamwork and we had a few close games that could have gone either way. As it turned out we came in 4th and qualified for the finals series to play against a team that had previously beaten us by a considerable amount. The team played extremely well and we came within 11 points of winning the match.

Team leaders were appointed from the squad and set a great example on and off the field. Well done guys. We saw some great first year players for the club this year. Josh Antulov, Mac Turner, Luke Rieniets and Nick Hardwick. All the boys put in an exceptional effort and I hope to see you back again next year.

Although there were many memorable plays of the day, I d like to mention a few. Firstly, Dennis Southon: After being on the end of a highly contested mark on the boundary line, Dennis went back and kicked a check sided great goal with a kick we now know as The Southon. Secondly, Chad Sims, bursting out of the packs and slotting a nice goal from 55m in the finals, a much needed goal at the time. Thirdly, Hayden King, who had an outstanding season, provided a big run up the ground only to have the ball turned over in the forward line to the opposition and go back over his head. Hayden’s second effort to chase the player down was spectacular, and resulted in a free kick being rewarded.

Congrats to the players who hit their 50 game milestones this year Hayden King and Josh Antulov (50 overall games) and the first to make 100 games Darcy Roden.

Best of luck to those players currently training as part of the development squads this year; Gavin Thompson, Jack Goldrick, Chad Sims, Mac Turner, Hayden King, Josh Antulov and Khai Heah.

  • The B & F awards this year was a closely contested race with four players who could win the awards. Due to this, we organised a Vote Count Night which was a roaring success and ended up with a draw for Best and Fairest. Congratulations to all players who polled in the Best and Fairest voting. The results were:
  • Best and Fairest Gavin Thompson and Chad Simms tied with 12 votes each. Both players polled well throughout the season and were deserving winners.
    3rd Best and Fairest Hayden King had fabulous year and was unlucky to not win

Trophy winners for Year 9 in 2014 are:

  • Most Improved Josh Rule, had a great year and finished very strongly, one of the best overhead marks in the side.
  • Best Club Man Lachie Walker was injured during the off season but came to training every night to help out with drills and is a deserving winner of the best club man.
  • Coaches Award Mac Turner, first year player with biggest heart and fearless attack on the ball again unlucky not to poll more votes.

All of these players were standouts this season, and are deserving of the votes, awards, and accolades received during the year. Parents and players, now is the time we should be trying to recruit more players to the club. If anyone has a friend who is keen, get them down early next year or even take advantage of signing up this year to receive a discount on fees.

I need to mention the great sponsors this year, all who donated time, products and funds. A big thanks to you all. The heroes this year are the team managers, Michelle Turner, Alysia Kepert and Heather Roden your organisational skills and negotiation efforts has made my job that much easier. Thanks again Ladies. Thanks also to Ian Thommo Thompson and Anthony Simo Sims for assisting with the coaching, It was a great team effort getting the boys to where we did. Thanks to all the parents that helped out on game day and to all the parents, family members and friends for the support and encouragement to the squad and myself, throughout the year. But most of all and as always, many thanks go to all my superstars for a great season. I had a great time coaching an amazing group of young men. Let s make sure we all get back next year to support the Mighty Booragoon Bulldogs.

Steve Evans (Coach)

2011 Under 14s Report

Congratulations to the boys on their 2011 season. We just missed out on playing finals by half a game. If I were writing this after a Grand Final win I would be waxing lyrical about season superiority, dominance and such like superlatives and everybody would be pumping out their chests. We didn’t win the Premiership but that makes me no less proud of our boys. Let’s look at the season in two frames; Firstly we won as many games as we lost. Now lets put a microscope on that. Disregarding one poor performance, our average losing margin across the entire season was a mere 10 points. Less than 2 goals. This is telling me the boys never tossed in the towel. Only one side had a lower ‘against’ percentage. Secondly, our average winning margin was over eight goals. This reads as the boys staying focused and working hard right to the final siren.

History will record the scores, but the coaching staff will take so much more out of season 2011. Watching the boys hone their skills and developing an understanding of the importance of team play but also build lifelong friendships with teammates, some with football as their only common thread. I was very impressed having them all turn up to training after a loss, knowing its going to be tough. Confronting the coach with reasons why they can’t train full tilt. These are the character builders that the boys have come through with flying colours. I’ve had occasion to ride individuals on training nights when they seem all at sea and on not one occasion have I seen the boys ‘ride’ them. Each time they have got in behind with words of encouragement. These are the things that parents should be so proud of, building solid young men of character. Bring on season 2012.

Congratulations to Jamie Meade who played his 100th game with the club.

Thanks to Julie and Rosie.

Neville Meade (Coach)