2015 Year 7 Whites

2015 Team Y07w

Back: Heidi Cook (Manager), Ethan Lewins, Jake Thygesen, Steve Dropulich (Manager), Bet Chamnan, Charles Casale, Leigh Wardell-Johnson (Assistant Coach), Lachlan Ballantine, Graeme Fitzgerald (Coach), Thomas Gerovich, Nick Casale (Assistant Coach), Andrew Gerovich, Kyle MacDonald, Paul MacDonald (Assistant Coach)
Middle: Stacey Collier, Hamish Wardell-Johnson, Connor Fitzgerald, Declan Ryan, Jad Dropulich, Cameron Webb, Lachlan Wild, Alex Marchese
Front: Liam Barnett, Jackson Halse, Ryan Leong, Luke Frampton, Daniel Davison, Lochlan Irwin, Ethan Cook, Oliver Reed
Absent: Troy Irwin (Assistant Coach)

The season started with the creation of two year 7 teams from the previous year’s three year 6 teams. This meant we had good numbers of around 23-24 in each team which gave us great depth when people were away on holidays or kids were off sick or injured.

Our season was a tale of 3 parts with the first 1/3rd of the season being about building momentum while the kids started to enjoy playing footy together. The middle 1/3rd was our most successful part of the season where we played some excellent team footy and saw us become the first team to defeat Applecross who went on to win the year 7 premiership. The latter 1/3rd of the season saw us have less wins, yet the kids got to play off for the Plate Final and participate in two finals which was a great experience for them.

This is my 10th year coaching at Booragoon and I am very fortunate to be surrounded by some fantastic people which makes the task of coaching very easy. Thanks to Paul “Macca” McDonald for always being there and a great pillar of support – I don’t think Macca has ever missed a training or game over the years. Thanks to Nick “up there” Casale for being a great Board man and shuffling the troops on and off through their rotations. Thanks to Troy “Tank” Irwin for being in charge of our defensive unit and tackling as well as nick names. Thanks to Leigh “Leroy” Wardell-Johnson for being our skills man and adding a “sense of humour” during all the serious times. The kids are very lucky to have Leigh available to assist in their skill development.

Well done to Heidi and Steve for being fantastic managers. Steve for game day and getting us all sorted and keeping a sensible lid on the coaching crew during the “heat” of the game. Heidi for coordinating all the rosters and jobs plus putting out an awesome weekly newsletter to the whole team. You are both an inspiration to all aspiring team managers.

Great work to all our parents for your support through the year. It’s not always easy and can be at times quite frustrating watching your son or daughter play footy and I appreciate your patience in allowing us to coach your children to the best of our abilities.

Now the team

  • Razza – tough as nails and loves a close physical contest. Very reliable player.
  • Jake – Had a tough season with injury. Takes a great mark, listens intently to his coaches and is great to coach.
  • Stace – First girl to notch up 50 games as a Booragoon Bulldog. Well done! Terrific skills and running player.
  • Machine – Played his best footy off half back this year. Loves to tackle. Will run all day.
  • Wildy – Given a job to do most weeks. A fierce competitor and hates to be beaten. Terrific to coach.
  • Dec – Back after a year in the Basketball wilderness. In our best 3 players and has the surest hands in the game. Reads the game like a book. Great to have you back Dec.
  • Jacko – A season robbed by sickness and injury. A tough competitor and valuable member of the team. The team missed his input at the end of the season.
  • Gero – Voted most improved player in the team. Has enormous talent and with his size is fast becoming one of team’s best players.
  • Olly – Enjoys his footy and being with the kids. Great little left footer who loves to get out in the open in space.
  • Ballas – returned after 6 weeks in the Baseball Wilderness and enjoyed the rest of the season. Was injured for a lot of the games but is a tough kid who soldered on and never gave up.
  • Al – Very talented player on both sides of his body. Loves to kick a goal. Has plenty to say, ask heaps of questions and loves being part of the team.
  • Bet – Fastest and one of the most athletic kids in the team. Can blow open a game with his pace and can play in attack or defence.
  • Kebabs – Fast developing into a terrific ruckman. Good leap and can also run all day. Like his Dad – very dependable.
  • Davo – Always smiling and seems to be enjoying himself. Played his best footy on the wing.
  • Hammer – Along with Dec voted the best Team man. Always willing to praise his team mates. Will always try and hit a target and has got great skills.
  • Frammo – Mr Dependable down at full back. Never complains but just gets on with the job. Has a raking left foot kick and hits a target on most occasions.
  • Gingers – A much improved player. Set up a lot of forward play with quick skilful handball. Good running ability.
  • Dropo – Beautiful left foot kick. Much harder at the ball this year. Played his best footy on the wing this year.
  • Cam – joined us for the first time this year. Highly skilled player and loves “selling candy”. Was a terrific addition to the side.
  • Gero 2 (Thomas) – Fantastic mark. Kicked some great goals. Very strong and well and truly held his own with the older boys.
  • Liam – Loves a good contest. Enjoys the physical side of the game. Prepared to bump and tackle hard.
  • Cookie – Missed 6 weeks with a broken wrist. Once returned got better and better each week. A very talented player who reads the play well and gets to a lot of contests.
  • Chucky – Teams strongest player. Terrific tackler, takes a great mark and on field leader for the other players.
  • Fitzy – Talented player with great speed. Always hits a contest at pace and uses both side of his body with his less dominant foot being used more than the dominant side.

Bring on the 2016 season!

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