Junior Season 2017 - It's a Wrap!

5 OCT | BY BRENTON WESTELL

The 2017 season has come and gone and it was another great season for the junior teams at the Unley Jets Football club. Some key highlights include:

- record number of players registered at the club – over 340, plus 20+ Auskick participants

- we dipped our toe in the water with regard to Girls Football, we now will be offering places to girls for the 2018 season with expectations of 3 to 4 teams in U8, U10 and U12.

- 3 teams in finals, the u14 and u16.5 making the Grand Final, but neither could overcome the final hurdle to win the premiership, great seasons none the less.

- Jets players represented SA in AFL carnivals: Archie Perks, Rhett Calnan, Jayden Davis (played U15 as an U14 aged player), Tom Powell, James Borlase (selected in the U15 All Australian side) and Riley Davis who also captained the Glenelg U16 side this season.

On presentation day, the following players were awarded the Best & Fairest for their respective age groups:

U12 – Ben Spehr
U13 – Archie Perks
U14 – Brad Jeffries
U15 – James Borlase
U16.5 – Jacob Earl

The other major award on club presentation day was for the Unley Jets Junior Player of the Year award. This award is not necessarily awarded to the ‘best player’, but to the player who best represents the values of the club, contributes over and above to his team and best represents the culture of The Jets.

Each coach was asked to nominate a player form their squad with a supporting submission for consideration by the club.

The 2017 Unley Jets Junior Player of the Year is Riley Davis. I have included the nomination submitted by Trent Bromley, coach of the U16.5 squad. On behalf of the club, I would like to congratulate Riley as being a very worthy recipient and thank him for choosing to join the Unley Jets a few years ago. He is an outstanding young man and has a tremendous football future ahead of him. We look forward to having him play for the Unley Jets as a senior player at some point in the future.

Trent’s submission:
Our U16.5 nomination for Junior Player of the Year is Riley Davis. This is based on the following contribution Riley has made to the U16.5 Team and Jets Club this year –
• A great Captain
• Advised Glenelg U18’s last week that he wanted to play for Unley Jets U16.5 for the Finals series and miss the Glenelg U18 last home & away game of the season and potentially playing finals for them
• When Riley couldn’t play for the Jets on a Sunday due to SANFL & State commitments he was always watching the Jets game, being the Boundary Umpire on more than 1 occasion as well as running water on many occasions
• Playing State U16 football for South Aust and playing all 3 games
• Captain of Glenelg U16 winning premiership team
• Training with the team on a Friday night even when Riley couldn’t play on the Sunday
• The way Riley plays the game and trains – fair, hard, passionate, committed
• Character – humble, team orientated, easy going, compassionate, club orientated, family orientated, positive
• A proud Jets member
• Helped me set up our Jets U16.5 Facebook group this year
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In closing, I would like to thank all the coaches, the team managers and parents that assisted with organising the teams. To the committee and senior coaching ranks, thank you for your support of the junior program.

To our club sponsors, thank you for your highly valued support, our club could not function without you.

To all the players, I hope that you enjoyed the season and gained a lot from it, we look forward to having you back in 2018. To those players that have now finished their junior footy years, we look forward to having you join the ranks of the seniors for 2018, or in the coming years once you are ready, we will keep in touch.

Enjoy the summer – I know I will! :)
Cheers,
Brenton Milewski
Junior Football Co-ordinator.