2014 was a great year for the Year 6 Whites. This was the year the boys began to really enjoy each other s company, work hard together and develop a strong sense of the team .
We started the year slowly, facing Winnacot in our first match and got a real lesson in tackling. The coaching and parent group were left shaking our heads and wondering about a long season ahead.
Yet the second week came up against Attadale and the boys played like legends, embracing the full tackle rule and competed hard. We had a great day.
Over the season the team developed a reputation as a hard tackling group and the boys began to gel as a team, working hard for each other.
The boys had lots of fun at training and enjoyed their nicknames being added to the game board midseason.
The season culminated in the Year 6 carnival with all kids playing in four games through the morning and really enjoying themselves.
A big thank you to our tackling specialist Troy “Tank” Irwin and our board man Nick “Up There” Casale, and especially Paul “Macca” McDonald for being at every training to support the boys. Paul was also the club line marking man and our team runner on game days. He is the ultimate Clubman.
Well done to Steve Dropulich for being a terrific manager-always calm and organised. He was instrumental in running the Year 6 carnival and constantly reminding me it is as it is Fitz . Thanks to Helen Davison and Tiffany Oversby for being our 1st Aiders, for Wil and Kristy Simpson for bringing oranges all season and all other parents for their hard work setting up, cleaning up, running the canteen, goal keeping, time keeping, etc.
Lots of our kids got the opportunity to play with the Year 6 Reds team to help out and I want to thank Leigh Wardell-Johnson and Heidi Cook from the Reds for helping us out with players through much of
the season when we were short on numbers. It was great to have some of the Reds participate in the carnival and be part of the action.
Our team included:
- Kyle “Kebabs” McDonald, whom attended every training session and never missed a game. He ran hard all season, always listened to his coaches and is our true clubman .
- Daniel “Davo” Davison returned to footy after being seconded overseas. His improvement over the course of the season was immense and great to see him using his left foot in one of our final games. I think it s safe to assume he s been rescued from soccer.
- Logan “Beast” Gregory joined our team and was a great boy to coach as he always listened, practiced, and continued to improve through the year. What we liked about Logan was he encouraged his team mates and was a very popular member of the team.
- Bet “Bety” Chamnan had a rough start to the season after breaking his thumb in a game. He returned from injury and just got better and better, finishing with the run and carry that we know he is socapable of.
- Jasper “Stewy” Stewart had his first year as a Booragoon Bulldog. What a great addition he was, dominating centre half forward, kicking big bags of goals and finished with his most prolific day at the carnival where he was voted the team s most valuable player.
- Jad “Dropo” Dropulich again showed his silky left-sided hand and foot skills, providing good run from the centre and will be well suited to a wing position in years to come.
- Luke “Framo” Frampton returned to be a Bulldog after a year in the wilderness. He was our most reliable player, providing a wall in defence and didn t play a bad game all year. Luke is the player every coach loves having in their team.
- Wil Simpson was part of our team again providing the half time oranges all season, helping with training and awards on game day and supporting his team mates. We love having Wil as part of the team.
- Max “Feral” Farrow was our most enthusiastic player providing enough energy to light up a suburb. He always embraced training and game day with a cheerful smile and we enjoyed him being part of the team.
- Lochlan “Rock” Oversby was a much more focused and passionate footballer this year. He was super keen to tackle, kicked a good goal and was always really keen to spend as much time as possible out on the ground on game day.
- Anverson “Anvo” Madeira had his best season for the Bulldogs. He finished the season with a couple of goals and loved a good game of footy tennis at the end of training.
- Lochlan “Machine” Irwin had a great season. He was our hardest runner, would tackle any player of any size and perfected the spin and arms up when in a tackle.
- Charles “Chucky” Casale was the team s master tackler and one of the best tacklers in the entire club. He was one of our most consistent players and a rock at centre half back.
- Max “Kitey” Kite had a good solid season. He loves to kick a goal, very rarely misses training, listens carefully to his coaches and is a real clubman.
- Ryan “Razza” Leong joined the team part way through the season. He moved from Port Hedland and hadn t played much footy. What a great addition he was, providing hard in and under , never shirked a contest and has a very good left foot. The boys really enjoyed Razza being part of the team.
- Ethan “Gingers” Lewins played his second year of footy, working hard on his kicking through the season with his Dad getting a bruised foot at home, enjoyed being part of the team and really competed hard for the ball on game day.
- Andrew “Gero” Gerovich had his best season as a Bulldog. He was our best leading player, takes a good overhead mark and contests hard every time. Andrew is a great boy to coach, listens intently and always works to improve himself.
- Connor “Fitzy” Fitzgerald had a great season. He used his left foot in every game, often using it more than his preferred right foot, gave 100% in every contest and provided a lot of run and drive for the team.
We look forward to the 2015 season.
Graeme ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald (Coach)