CLUB NEWS 2009 Season Coaches Review
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Sunday, 28 February 2010 00:00

 

2009 was a very successful year for the club as it celebrated its 30yrs with both teams making the Grand final and our players taking out the NPFL league and reserve major best player awards. The fairytale did not eventuate with only the reserves taking out the grand final, however the league side did not disappoint with a hard fought game.

2009 Coaches Review - League

The Karratha Falcons 2009 season was close to one of the more successful seasons the club would have experienced in its 31 year history. However, as was discussed with the 22 League players post GF game  – the season as a whole will be judged by the end result of the one game – we came 2nd.

The team results (League and Reserves) in winning 14 games and losing 1, and to have both teams finish on top of the ladder after not losing at home during the Home and Away season was nothing short of exceptional. We could not have been more pleased as a club.

48 Players were lucky enough to play league this year with about 6 others unlucky to miss out. A number of first year players, complimented last year's crop, whilst the usual fill-ins and FIFO workers made up numbers for some of the games. Training attendance was great at most times and the Hedland Bus trips were always memory making.

Our Team leaders in Mick Formanczyk, Rhett Thomas (Captains), Dylan Ogilvie, Dayne Corps (Vice Captains) and Brett McCormack (Deputy) were all at some stage called upon to take the reins and all applied themselves with the leadership qualities and skills their peers had expected of them.

The support staff of Will Milroy (Runner), Garrick Yandle (Stats), Old boy Sully (magnets/board (even though he lost a few magnets along the way)), Mitch Thomas and Legs Milroy (unofficial assistants), Jenna (Trainer/Medical), Lexi (Lighting technician/water), Terry (BBQ's/water/ice), Lamby (Bus), Marg (Registrar), Peta (Everything not mentioned), Steve, Les, Bowdy (odds and ends) was complimented by the efforts of Ritchie from the colts and his troops doing the water and boundary. The team survived the Home and Away season because of the efforts of this team behind the playing team.

To have the winners of the NPFL DeGrey Medal (League Best and Fairest Award -Mick Formanczyk) and joint Matheison Medallists (NPFL Reserves Best and Fairest) Ray Sullivan and Kane McKay, NPFL League Leading Goalkicker (Shaun Sullivan) and NPFL Reserves Leading Goalkicker (Ray Sullivan) all players from the Falcons was a great effort and was just reward for individual efforts by these players. These are rewards above and beyond club expectations.

Then the Reserves Grandfinal win with Grant McLarty getting BOG (Pratt Medallist) was the best lead up we could have asked for as a league team going into our Grandfinal game.

Unfortunately though, and as previously mentioned we as a League team failed.  To let each other down in the last game of the year to the extent we did was more than disappointing. To me it was devastating. Some players will leave on that note; some will come back and try again. Unfortunately the team will never be the same and therefore the team will not be able to learn from this. The individuals that remain must ensure that it never happens again. The past is history.

Statistics can tell a story. The Reserves were 28 points away from going undefeated – put down to League players failing to travel to Hedland and some extreme umpiring, and the League team, with a combined loss in two games of total 21 points (4 pts and 17pts) should be proud of their efforts but can only be satisfied with second place and know that this literally was one that got away.

I take this opportunity now to thank all those who supported me throughout the year. It has been eventful. I hope in years to come I can be on your list of invites for a meet again.

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot”

Chris 'Polly' Ryan - 2009 League Coach
 

 


2009 Coaches Review - Reserve

Following the clubs success last year the player group was motivated going into the preseason this year. Numbers were good and the enthusiasm was high especially among the younger players.

The Reserves team were undefeated in 2008 and as such had a reputation to live up to in 2009. We started the season proper with a win over Kats and then went on to string together ten very convincing wins before a loss to Swans. We then went through the rest of the season to finish as Minor Premiers. A win the 2nd Semi final enabled us to secure the chance of making it 3 Premierships Back to Back to Back. Team selection night saw 14 of the boys miss out on a grandfinal guernsey and this is the hardest part of being a coach.

Saturday 12th September saw us take on Sth Hedland Swans in the grandfinal, it was a very young Swans side that took the ground and our experience and skill saw a one sided affair with a final score of Falcons 12.11 to Swans 3.5. The Best on Ground award for the grandfinal went to Grant McLarty.

Congratulations also to Ray Sullivan & Kane McKay, who were named the joint Colin Mathieson Medallists for the Reserves grade in the NPFL for 2009. Ray also took out the Leading Goal kicking award for the Reserves grade.

Wrapping up I would just like to thank all the boys for the season and to thank all those who have helped me throughout the year. A special thanks to Lexie Johnstone for assisting with the team management.

John Sullivan - Reserves Coach

 

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