Team: Under 13’s
Coach: Phil Moynahan
Firstly, I want to thank the parents for committing to the club and allowing me the privilege of coaching your boys. I do not under estimate your efforts getting the kids to training and games.
We welcomed some new recruits and families this year to the club Aaron, Cooper, Isaac, Oscar, Josh and a rookie in Nick who integrated and complimented the “old” boys well to form a bunch of mates who played footy.
Looking back over the season, we should be proud of how the boys went on and off the field. Watching them grow and mature as both a footballer and young men was rewarding to see.
I want to thank you all as well as our U 12’s who played up most weekends so we could either field a full team or have a reserve. A special mention to Hamish who has played with the Hawks for some time however broke not 1 but 2 arms in the pre-season and who had to sit out, however attended and helped the team where he could.
I also want to thank Chris (Lucas’s dad) for assisting with coaching during the week and on game day. To Ian (Oscars Casha dad) helped with training and keeping the boys under control.
A special shout to the boss – Sheridan Binns, who got us to games on time, organised the boys first Friday night game along with pointing us all in the right direction. We all needed it.
Now for the boys.
I asked the boys at the start of the season, not to worry about winning or losing, only worry about their efforts.
I am happy to say the boys put in. Even though some of you don’t like fitness, other coaches from other teams and parents from the club mentioned how fit you were. We always kept competing in the second half of games.
We started the season against strong Division 1 sides which we competed against well, taking some of the highly regarded teams down to the wire.
The ability to compete against teams with multiple rep players when things were tough was commendable.
The standout for me was the Friday night game against Avalon. We found ourselves down 18 – 0 early in the first half, to fight back to be leading with a few minutes to go. Although not a win, that night showed me that you were prepared to work hard and never give up. A quality all the boys can take through life with them.
The other highlight on the night was having Maccas with no food fights!
The confidence in the boys was growing and we finished the season strongly with 2 wins in a row and a likely semifinal spot in my opinion – potential Grand Final. So boys, hopefully there is a fire burning inside that brings you back next year.
Congratulations to Jack who was selected to play in the North Sydney Bears U13 Rep team who did himself, his parents and the club proud.
I hope you enjoyed as much as I did. Here is to a longer season next year.
Thanks to you all again. The boys have been great, and I am proud of all of them.
BEST & FAIREST
I have watched this person for previous 2 years play football. I see in him qualities as a potential leader.
At the start of this year, I challenged this gentleman to give me 3 hours a week of focus. 2 hours at training and 1 hour at the game. That’s what he did.
He trained hard and played harder. We could not ask more of him.
His improvement was immense and was noticed by many both inside and outside the club. Opposition coaches commented on him. He was our leading try scorer, got rewarded with selection with North Sydney Bears and I feel he is only going to get better. Keep focused and continue to work hard.
This person should be very proud of yourself.
Well done Jack.
Another hard one. Not taking anything away from the player that deserved and won this award but again this was very very close.
This person’s attitude for training and playing was always 100%. Always has respect for his coaches and teammates. His first year with the team and he fitted in with ease. Always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to wrap a loose ball or come across in cover defence. Always looked dangerous when running the ball. A constant performer.
This was hard with so many players improving and stepping up and being consistent throughout the year.
We had some great ball runners, great defenders, great playmakers and we had some forwards that played in the backs.
This person was often commented on from parents on the sideline. His defence, speed, and offload caused concerns for opposition. He gave the team confidence when he was playing. One of our leading tryscorers, and always a constant threat and always made meters.
Well done Bennett.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
His first year in rugby league although he didn’t play like it. Best of our dummy half runners, always making meters and breaking tackles. He always listened and took on board coaching tips and advice. His confidence grew throughout the year and was a key player either in the centers or as a winger. A pleasure to coach and performed well above a first-year player.
Well done Nick Beames.
A true footballer. Quiet and unassuming and leads by example. I was overjoyed when he joined Hills Hawks from the dark side. A smart footballer, strong defender, tough and consistent.
Much of his good work may go unnoticed by others but not by his coaches. A player every coach would want on their team. I’m glad he chose the Hills Hawks. A future leader of a footy team.
Congratulations to Joshua.
We have introduced a new award this year Players Player. This is voted by the boys and is independent of the coaches awards.
I asked that they vote on who they enjoyed playing with, who tried their best at training and the game, who encouraged everyone and showed the spirit of Hills Hawks.
Some comments by the players…
“Always tried his best”
“Always encouraging and enthusiastic”
“Always tackled the big boys”
“Always tackled hard and put in 100% even when other players are bigger”
He was a player that makes a coach and other players around him comfortable.
Well done to Lucas.