BEST & FAIREST
Record: 6 wins 2 losses
players drafted & rookied
James Bartel (Geelong)
Nick Maxwell (Collingwood)
Joel Reynolds (Essendon)
James Allen (Geelong)
The team billed for many years as the best group in decades, enjoyed a successful but ultimate disappointing season in both the Associated Catholic Colleges and Sun Shield competitions.
We fielded close to sixty players in the course of the season, being defeated only twice: once by St Bernard's in the final of the ACC competition and once by Penleigh Essendon Grammar in the semi final of the Sun Shield. Both losses were particularly disappointing as we were unable to field full strength teams due to the demands made of students by their TAC cup commitments and the management of the Victorian Country team.
The highlight of the season was a magnificent game in the semi final with the Penleigh Fssendon Grammar team needing to kick a goal after the siren, to defeat us by one point.
Highlights of the year included a memorable win against Whitefriars with our future ambitions for the season in the balance, and comprehensive wins against all other ACC opponents.
Particular thanks to David Breheny who has nurtured this year's team for many seasons throughout their junior secondary schooling and who was assistant coach this season; Paddy McGlinchey, who ensured that all the transport and post match refreshments and reporting of results went smoothly, and to Mick Hinds and Mrs Pat Dixon who provided the medical support for each game.
To the players themselves, ranging from the 'honest toilers' who love their football to the superstars of the future, the season was memorable and one which we will look back on with a mixture of the pride that comes from working hard to produce outstanding performances and disappointment that comes from knowing that our best could have been so much better.
When we look back on this year's 1st XVIII, we will never be able to say with any certainty just how good they were as a team, but from a coach's perspective I can say with certainty that I have not worked with a finer group of young men. Congratulations!
Best & Fairest - Dean Stankovic (Year 12)
Runner-up - James Allan (Year 11)
Third - Brett Jackman (Year 12)
Most Exemplary - Nick Maxwell (Year 12)
Coach's Award - Luke Madden (Year 12)
Most Improved - Nick Albutt (Year 12)
St Bernard's 28
St Joseph's 24
De La Salle 16
St Bede's 8
Luke Van Ingen