Once in a Blue Moon our club gets an email from another club congratulating us as a club for doing something well. Once every so often we get emails telling us about a great game or how well a team behaved or the great coaching an opposition team witnessed when their team was short of numbers and loaned a player or two. Almost never do we get an email telling us about an individual players.
Today was one of those days in a decade that we received an email from the U8 Violet Coach from Ajax JFC wanting to tell us about one of our players.
Here is the body of the message from Adam Grundmann the coach of Ajax U8:
I am an under 8 coach with the Ajax Football Club and we have had the pleasure of playing the Under 8 Hampton Rovers team in the Violet Division twice this season. One player Number 12 stood out to me and the other coaches. Not only was he an exceptional footballer but proved to be an incredibly respectful and well mannered young man on and off the field.
I would like to have an opportunity to tell him, his family and coach what a fine young man he is.
Adam Grundmann – Coach – Ajax Under 8 Stars
I was unaware of who the mystery #12 was. I called Adam to thank him for his email. Adam said both times they played our U8 Violet team the same boy came up to him and said ”well coached”. Adam mentioned this player complimented his players when they tackled him and did good play.
I dug in and found out his name is Tommy Gill, son of Damian Gill the Violet coach, I spoke with Tommy’s coach who was a very proud parent.
The Mighty U8 squad had a blast at the Thundr and Lightning Carnival. Both Steve and Damo loved the day; full on, fast, exhausting, well done coaches and managers, you never forget your first coach and you guys have done real well. Take a breather, hitch up the wagons and get ready to do it all again in 2020.
Also very happy to report the Under 9 teams had a great day with all coaches reporting laughter, thrills, spills, smiles and families talking about Presentation day.
The U10 teams x 5 get their opportunity this weekend on the final stage to strut their stuff, I look back on the LP days with fond memories, fast and furious a game every 45 mins with a different opposition, LOVE IT!!
U11 D6 has its last game this week then off to Paintball and presentation day, the D3 have the last round and then look forward to hopefully 2 more games, win both you are the premiers, simple really. An invite to a meeting for all parents and coaches on the 4th September to explain U12 footy in 2020 will go out soon, please keep this date open, 8.00pm at Boss James.
U12 squad are dancing along nicely. Girls have their last round and presentations coming up, the boys are looking good for finals.
U13 teams have hit some road bumps along the way with numbers falling off like leaves from a tree in Autumn, let’s get behind each other and finish off the season with a win.
U14 Girls play their last round this week, U14 D5 boys will finish minor premiers and will coast into finals. Super Coach, Christian Carnovale is the nomination for the Southern Metro coach of the year, Go Carney!! U14 D1 need a win over old rival East Brighton to play finals.
The VAFA Ladies and the U14 squad had time for a pic on Monday night. The lads wished the girls well in the hunt for premiership glory, both teams trying to emulate what the VAFA Ladies are about to do.
U15 D1 are still in the hunt for finals but need results to fall our way. D3 and 4 are outside the finals but loved the year under Fogs and Frenchy.
U16 Girls at Zebs are working towards a flag, highly motivated, very keen to get the job done.
U16 D3 under Andy tracking well for finals action.
U17 I have witnessed many games from the start to finish of these boys’ journey at Rovers and Zebs, many Grand Finals and, yes, premierships but more importantly friendships, respect and laughter as I witnessed last night, good luck this Sunday lads.
U18 Girls, no finals but plenty of cool memories, thanks to the coaches and way cool TMs, Sal and Pete.
OK, that’s it until next week, good luck to everyone who play their last game this year, may it be worthy of singing a song.