BEST & FAIREST
Record: 7 wins 2 loss
Won Grand Final by 8 points
Herald Sun Shield Premiers
Won Grand Final by 31 points
players drafted & rookied
Ryan Williams (Port Adelaide
Jackson Sheringham (Geelong)
Tom Couch (Melbourne)
Chris Kangars (Geelong)
2006 has been the most successful year in the history of the College first XVIII.This claim is easy to justify statistically.The team won the Associated Catholic Colleges premiership for only the second time since we joined the association. The crowning achievement of the season was winning the Herald Sun Shield at the MCG. This is the premier schoolboys competition in Victoria. These achievements make the 2006 St Joseph's College 1st XVIII the best schoolboy team in Victoria and probably Australia.
While the results speak for themselves, there are a number of other indicators of the team's success. In 10 games 68 boys played, providing a great experience for less credentialed players and an opportunity for year I I boys to experience representing the College. The short season and the number of players involved meant that the team needed to be extremely reliant on the individual decision making of players and the on field direction from leaders. Regimented and prescriptive coaching was neither possible or necessary and the players themselves provided most of the motivation and on field direction usually needed from a coach.
In past years the commitment required to play successfully at TAC Cup level with the Geelong Falcons has meant that many of our best players have been unable to represent the:. College regularly. This season all of our Geelong Falcons players committed to the Herald Sun Shield games. I would like to acknowledge the importance of the cooperation received from Michael Turner, Gary Hocking and Paul Ryan at the Geelong Falcons along with the medical expertise of staff member Mr Shane Dawson who is also on the medical staff with the Falcons. I would also like to acknowledge the commitment of the players and their parents in fulfilling both Falcons and school commitments this season.
On field success requires a great deal of off- field work. Mr David Breheny was integral in the success of the team in his role as team manager. Past parent Greg Vaughan provided valuable support on match day„ looked after equipment and was a positive influence on the players. Lenny Alford and Mick Hinds provided match day medical support. John Fitzgerald provided invaluable assistance in the coaching box during Herald Sun Shield Games and his influence on the successful outcome this year cannot be underestimated. Past student Andrew Scadden was runner for all games this year, an enormous commitment. Andrew controlled the team warm ups and coped with large numbers of players (and large numbers of messages) during the season. We were also fortunate to have some extremely committed and talented students assisting this year. Tim Carroll ran water at all matches and Matt Marais was passionate and committed behind the camera ensuring that there was a video record of each game. He worked tirelessly to put together highlights packages, a feature of our presentation dinner.
On field, strong and committed leadership was a feature of the team. Vice captains Sean Trevaskis and Andy Van Noordenburg were a powerful leadership force on the field. It is difficult to play beside young men who are strong, courageous, selfless, demanding and team oriented without being influenced to play the same way. Team Captain Joseph Macula was awarded the Most Exemplary Player Award for the season. Joe was exemplary in every sense on and off the field and was a leader among leaders.
There were many individual highlights during the year: Jak Kennedy Hunt's 7 goals in the semi-final against St Pats Ballarat, Luke Ryan's improbable goal to beat St Bedes, Jackson Sheringham's controlled brilliance on dozens of occasions, Kristian Bucovaz's kicking out, Tom Hornsey's marking at the MCG, Andy van Noordenburg's goal in the same game and Chris Kangars athleticism are some that spring to mind. In my opinion the seasons most memorable moment occurred at the MCG after the presentation of the Herald Sun Shield. When asked to run a lap of honour the team paused briefly before sprinting to assembled family and supporters — this clearly was a team who understood the significance of what they had achieved and who wanted to share it with those who had helped make it possible.
The 2006 1st XVIII have set an incredible standard. They have achieved results that all future first XVIII's will strive to emulate but more importantly they have provided an exemplar of how to go about it. I have not worked with a finer group of footballers or a finer group of young men.
Every accolade achieved by this team in 2006 is richly deserved.
Best First Year Player - Chris Kangars
Best Player in the ACC Final - Luke Ryan
Best Player in the HSS Final - Tom Hornsey
Most Courageous - Luke Ryan
Runner Up Best & Fairest - Kristian Bucovaz
Best & Fairest - Tom Hornsey
Most Exemplary Player - Joseph Macula
Best and Fairest Results
Tom Hornsey 39
Kristian Bucovaz 35
Joseph Macula 30
Andrew Van Noordenburg 29
Chris Kangars 28
Jak Kennedy-Hunt 28
Luke Ryan 25
SJC 7.18.60 def St Bede's 8.7.55
Best Player: Luke Ryan (11)
SJC 19.13.127 def Mazenod 1.2.8
Best Player: Daniel Broderick (11)
SJC 9.5.59 lost to De La Salle 12. 6. 78
Best Player: Matthew Sheridan (8)
SJC 16.9.105 def Whitefriars 5. 6. 36
Best Player: Andrew Van Noordenburg (9)
SJC 7.9.51 lost to Parade 11. 11. 77
Best Player: Christopher Kangars (12)
SJC 10.14.74 def St Bernard's 5. 7. 37
Best Player: Kristian Bucovaz (9)
Round 7 - ACC Grand Final
SJC 9.10.64 def St Bernard's 7. 14. 56
Best Player: Luke Ryan (9)
Herald Sun Shield Semi Final
SJC 11.8.74 def St Patrick's 5. 9.39
Best Player: Jakson Kennedy-Hunt (14)
Herald Sun Shield Grand Final
SJC 12.14.86 def PEGS 10. 5. 65
Best Player: Thomas Hornsey (11)