It was another sunny Auskick morning at Rofe Park for what was the final session for the season. Apart from the fact that there were no club games being held at Rofe Park that day, there was an unnerving eeriness that befell the opening address by coach Max and Coach Matt. The looks on the faces of the Auskickers were stern - they seemed to be itching to get going. Their socks were pulled high. Their shoelaces all tied neatly. This could mean only one thing - they were ready to do battle and nothing was going to stand in their way...
It was, after all, Parents v Auskickers day. The 'Grudge Match' is a well-established tradition for the last session of the season and dates back to the Coach Tudor/Coach Phil days who instilled in the Auskickers that this was indeed the game to win at all costs.
Coach Max started the day with a great obstacle course race. A demonstration on one part of the course was ably performed by El Presidente's son Damien, who had previously announced that he was going to be a 'parent helper' for the day.
Following the race was a skill session led by u16s gun James Clarke on the finer points of kicking. The Auskickers enjoyed this and carried their enthusiasm over to the kicking-from-angle drill that followed. Whilst some Auskickers regretted the sit-ups they had to do if their team lost, it was considered by Coach Matt, Andrew and Paul to be good preparation for game ahead.
Because of the numbers (and for reasons of safety!) we split the group into Ewoks v Parents and Wookies/Jedis v Parents. Both games were full of laughter, yelling, tension, free-kicks, surprisingly enormous kicks from parents having to use their left feet and large runs down the field by Auskickers who seemed to forget the 5 metre rule....but maybe I'm just bitter. The Auskickers won on both fields and they exited the 2013 season victors in all senses of the word.
It was a great season finale and in the words of Darth Vader, one that 'will be long remembered.'
This season has seen six of our U11 players celebrate their 50th game milestone with the Hornsby Berowra Eagles. What an amazing achievement for these young players! We recently caught up with them to chat about footy and life as an Eagle.
Photo - Back row (L-R): Colby Lavarack, Alex Charlton, Rhys Owen, Max Simpson, Oliver South.
Front row: Matthew Regan
What is your favourite position to play?
Alex: Mid-field, because you get to run around and get the ball more often.
Oliver: Yeah, mid-field, because I get to go everywhere on the ground.
Rhys: Centre half-forward, because you can influence the game in the forwards, or up the field. You can kick goals, and be a target for the second kick out of defence.
Matty: Probably would have to be centre half forward too, because I always pass it down to the full forward.
Max and Colby: Forward, because you get a chance to kick goals!
Who is your all-time favourite AFL player?
Max: Garry Ablett. When he is on the field he always makes a difference. He is the best player in the League.
Rhys: My vote’s with Gary Ablett too, because of his all-round skills. He can kick freakish goals, he can rebound off the half back line and he can influence the centre bounce.
Colby: Taylor (Tex) Walker from the Adelaide Crows. Tex is a great player - and he has an awesome mullet hairstyle!
Matty: Adam Goodes, because he’s a great Indigenous player and one of the best all-Australian players I know.
Alex: Yeah, Adam Goodes, because he is a great player and he’s from the Sydney Swans.
Oliver: Kieran Jack, because he’s really fast!
What do you like most about the Hornsby-Berowra Eagles?
Oliver: The best thing about the Hornsby-Berowra Eagles is that it is a really cool club, and it makes it really fun to play.
Alex: The canteen food is cheap, and a lot of people are committed to our AFL club.
Matty: They’re my local footy club and I get to meet lots of great friends.
Max: There are lots of friends to play footy with and we have a lot of fun.
Colby: The coaches and kids are really nice!
Rhys: Hornsby is such a fun, organised club and it’s about being with your friends. We play for the fun of the game and being with friends. Oh yes, and flattening certain teams, ha ha ha!
Unfortuantely we have had to cancel this Sunday's match against the Redbacks. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. We hope to fit in a game before the end of the year - so keep in touch.
The Eagles held their annual trivia night amidt the usual controversies, sledging, foul play and cheating - and it was as fabulous as always.
In the end - the night was tense - would Browne prevail again, or could a new chapion come to the fore? It would come down to only one point, well not for "Only" Browne who would end up a long way down the pack, but a tense result between the U11s and U14s tables.
The crowd erupted as the result was announced - the Under 11s are the 2013 Sheep Stations trophy holders. Fireworks, a marching band and the Foo Fighters (who were flown in for the gig) played *. Non- alchoholic champagne and powerade flowed. This was a night that would be long remebered and treasured for all those that attended. (Foo Fighters were not actually there. Or the fireworks or marching band)
Following their Trivia Night victory, an U11 team spokesperson has made the following statement:
"Our kids don't get to play competitively on Sundays, but we knew we were playing for sheep stations on trivia night, not to mention beating Adrian. So, in addition to the kids training twice a week, the parents have also been secretly training for the trivia night. Anybody who got an answer wrong had to do 5 push-ups, anyone who left an answer blank had to run a lap around Rofe Park. You'll be surprised to know that the team is as unfit as ever after the training sessions. Yes, that's how good we were. We've thrown down the gauntlet now... let other teams get more people along to trivia night next year and take us on!"
Club President Browne was qoted as saying "Due to unreasonable sledging, anomalies, inconsistencies and false claims, I feel it is both my right and obligation as Prez to declare the result “null and void”. As such, the trophy is returned to the previous year’s winner. Sorry U11’s, it’s the way the cookie crumbles " Fortunately no-one was listening to him, and the U11s were declared trivia champions!
In actual news we had a top night and raised well over $4500 for the club. The night is a scoial one first, and fundraiser second - and we had a great night on both counts. Congrats and thanks to all of our sponsors (listed below) and we look forward to next years trivia night.
HORNSBY BEROWRA EAGLES JAFL CLUB
Hornsby Berowra Eagles JAFL Club would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their donations towards our annual trivia night:
Connections hair and wellness
Connections success coaching
District 3—Westfield Hornsby
Event Cinemas—Westfield Hornsby
Gary Tejcek—Dental Prosthetist
Lingane autobody repairer
Petra Hilton—AMP Advisor
Rebel Sports—Westfield Hornsby
Sweet Dreams Cakes
Congratulations to our Under 16s – Chris Allan, Dominic Cantrall, James Clarke, Jeff Featherstone, and Anthony Woodward who have been selected in the Northwest Regional reps squad – an amazing effort and the most number that have been picked from the Eagles. We’re also stoked to have three reps in the regional U13 squad as well – Tyger Fitzpatrick, Sam Milligan and Jeremy Browne – a great effort and credit to their coaches, parents and of course the players themselves! Go The Eagles!
The U16s held themselves well, winning all their group matches and finshing top of their pool. While they were pipped in the final, all particiapants in the U16s enjoyed the challenge of playing rep football, and had a great time playing. Congrats to all involved.
Congrats also to Eagles Umps James Clarke and Tom Smith, who are umpiring the U13s match - held Friday July 12. Good luck to all our Eagles - kicking goals everywhere.
What a super mega Sunday of footy it was. Not only did our awesome Under 9 Reds kick on at the Swans vs Giants, with the Eagles flying high on the biggest screen in the Southern Hemisphere, and not only did we have not one but two Swans come visit us at training, and not only did our Auskickers enjoy an awesome gala day, but on top of all of that it was just a magnificent Sunday for footy.
The match report out of Sundays game makes great reading, and you can see the whole team had a top time, led by Supercoach Peter Thiris.
Meanwhile back at the home of Eagles footy our Under 9s and 10s were helped by premiership winning backman Heath "Reg" Grundy with some tips and skills that saw our junior Eagles smash out some massively massive footy all over the park. Once again the Eagles coaching staff were pleased to be able to pass on some tips to our Swans visitors who I am sure took home our clubs messages of Spread, Up The Wing and in particular Hustle back to Swans HQ to absorb into their game plan. A Massive thanks to all of our Junior coaches, parents and players who made Sundays Mega Footy day something all of our Eagles will remember as one of the highlights of the year. Chekcout some of the pictures below and of course ...