The 2016 season kicked off on Sunday 1st May with bright sunshine and 108 keen and enthusiastic Auskickers.
It was great to welcome a few new coaches on board which added to our already strong group of coaches who put their hand up again this year. The coaches not only set up sound training sessions each week to develop the children’s skills and techniques, they also made it a lot of fun and ensured that everyone was involved.
A special mention to our team managers who did a fantastic job throughout the season ensuring that the Auskickers were well fed with oranges and treats as well as ensuring that Club jumpers were allocated, collected, washed and back again the following week.
Thank you to all of the volunteers this season. Whether it was helping the coaches or being the first aid person, your help is much appreciated and goes a long way towards making the Booragoon Bulldogs a fantastic Club.
A few highlights this year included a trip to East Fremantle for a Carnival, Auskick under lights against the Mt Pleasant Mounties, followed by a few Dads dusting off their boots for the Dads V Vets Match and Grandparents Day with all of the kids running through one of three banners. It was fantastic to see so many families supporting the Auskick groups. Other notable days were the numerous Year 2 games against Canning Vale and Attadale and to finish off the season, the Rossmoyne Carnival.
Most importantly I would like to thank the boys and girls and their parents/grandparents for their commitment to the early Sunday mornings. It is very rewarding to see the improvement of each and every player throughout the year.
Finally I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in coordinating our Auskick program over the past couple of years. I have really enjoyed the role and although I will be moving to the junior side of our football club next season, I will provide a hand over to our next Auskick Coordinator to ensure the continual strength of Auskick at the Booragoon Bulldogs in 2017.
See you all next year.
Dean Motton (Auskick Coordinator)