Under 16 Premiership 2007

Role Name Role Name
Coach Danny Kelly Ass. Coach Lindsay Bull
Runner Rick Edmonds Team Mgr Tony Lewis
Captain George Rowlands Trainer Vivki Rowlands
Video/Stats Ian Millar    
Teams 1st Q. 2nd Q. 3rd Q. 4th Q.
Beaumaris 4.4 5.5 10.10 13.15:93
Ajax 1.1 4.6 5.8 8.8:56
Goalkickers : Will Edmonds 3,  Eddie Espinosa 2, Jack Gunston 2,
Travis Kelly 2, Ben Naylor 2, Ben Johnson 1, Sam McBain 1

 

The 2007 season started off on a slow note for the 2006 (Under 15) Premiers with 2 losses and a spot on the bottom of the ladder. Flag rivals, St Kilda City and Ajax, who both won their first two games of the season, hadn't noticed that we'd had 8 players missing and they had probably celebrated their wins a little too enthusiastically. There was still a long way to go to the Grand Final.

In the lead up to the finals things didn't go according to plan though with Mick Millar sustaining an ankle injury in the last game and missing the first final while the captain of the team, George Rowlands, also sustained an ankle injury at a Sandringham Dragons training session. The team managed to easily defeat St Kilda City in the Qualifying Final 15.6:96 to 6.6:42. Unfortunately, before the 2nd Semi-Final a few of the boys attended a 16th birthday party and yet another ankle injury was sustained by one of the players (jumping into a mosh pit) forcing him to miss the game.

Ajax managed to win that 2nd Semi by 18 points and they celebrated wildly and loudly, which I believe left a burning desire in our team to exact their revenge two weeks later. But first there was a Preliminary Final to get through against St Kilda City. This was achieved quite easily 18.10:118 to 6.10:46 with the added advantage of running a few of our underdone players into form.

When the players arrived for the Grand Final it was obvious that they'd come with a completely different mind set to that for the Second Semi-Final. They had come to play. Ajax had gone through the season undefeated, which in itself was a fantastic achievement. However, it was the last game of the season that counted. A strong wind was blowing on the day of the Grand Final and it was going to be tricky kicking to the southern end of Hurlingham Park.

There was only 5 points in it at half time with Beauy leading. In the third term, with the wind, Beauy kicked 5.5 to Ajax's 1.2 for a 32 point lead heading into the final quarter when Ajax would have the wind.

The final quarter saw Beauy kick 3.5 into the wind while Ajax managed 3 late goals. Mick Millar (No.2) was the leading possession winner on the ground with 38 disposals, 30 effective. Eddie Espinosa (No.24) had 22 touches and kicked 2 goals on his way to the medal for BOG (as voted by the umpires).

Footnote: Jack Gunston (No 21) kicked 2 goals and had 20 possessions in the game. Jack was drafted to Adelaide in 2009 with pick 29 in the National Draft.

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