Junior State cup reoprts

Under 10 Boys.

First of all I would like to congratulate all the members of the team and coaching Staff for a fantastic rep season. Out of 3 tournaments we are champions in 2 and reached the quarter final stage of the State Cup bowing out to the eventual winners Wests Magpies 3-4. This is no mean feat and all of the team need to understand the dedication it takes to achieve this and should be extremely proud of themselves. We had a varied side that consisted of players having played rep touch 2 or even 3 times in this age group as well as new comers. I understand that all new players enjoyed themselves and are keen and raring to go again next rep season which is great to hear after such a long weekend in Wollongong. Many thanks to all the parents who have invested a lot of time and effort into ensuring the boys enjoyed the experience. It was such a joy to witness the improvement in all the boys. I was very lucky to have a group of players who were willing to listen and try and learn. Keep up the good work boys.

Thanks again to Shayne Jones and Sue Steele for all their support.



Under 16 Boys

The best way to sum up the entire season for the boys was "hot and cold".
They started the season asleep and lost game 1 in the Central Coast World Championships then played good touch for the remainder of the tournament not losing another game.
At the PWMC they started on fire and didn't lose a game, then dosed off in the semis for a disappointing end to the tournament.
Then again at the State Cup the boys played very well in patches before letting up which proved costly going down in 3 games by a single try.That hurt! In the other games the boys showed a lot of promise and really entertained with some great team and individual tries in two convincing wins. Unfortunately though it was all too late.
Overall I hope the boys learn from this for future tournaments. Touch is not just a fast game of skill but it also requires a good mental attitude and relationship between players where they can work together and play what is in front of them as well as what is practised when you turn up at training.
Farewell to Max Townsend and his family who have moved to Qld. Max has played club and rep touch at BVJT for many seasons and will be missed. Perhaps Goondiwindi will come down to the next CCWC!
Thanks to all the boys,Shayne and Robbie. I enjoyed the last 4 months (not the 1 try defeats!) and good luck with your winter sports. Hope to see you all back at BVJT next season.
Gary Edwards

BVJTA U14 Boys Representative Season Report






Central Coast Championships - EDSACC

The U14 boys performed well at this tournament defeating both Singleton and Lower Blue Mountains convincingly in their first two pool games. The highlight for the weekend was the grudge match between Manly when the boys were under pressure for the first time and came away victorious. The rain then began to fall and so did the boys performance in their semi-final game against Ryde Eastwood. Unfortunately, the boys were unsuccessful in this match but they knew they had yet to play their best game of their season. Following this tournament (Parramatta winning), it was obvious that the boys needed to work as a team and minimise errors in order to progress further in future competitions.

Peter Wilson Memorial – NELSON BAY

This tournament was played in good weather and on dry playing surfaces. Given the amount of rain we experienced in February, we had no excuses, including referees (their judgement should never be questioned) to not perform well at this tournament. While we did ourselves no favours in the number of unforced errors we made, we defeated Scone and Northlakes/Doyalson and managed to finish third in our pool behind Beresfield and Peninsula and still qualify for the quarter finals. In our game against Newcastle, the boys seemed to click and actually played together as a team for the first time this season. The boys all played with passion, urgency and at the intensity that they had been capable of right from the very beginning of the season. There were patches of brilliance in this entertaining game and all players came off the field knowing that they had potential to perform at high levels in the sport of touch. Players, parents and team management were happy with their performance and felt this tournament was their time to shine… but unfortunately the boys were unable to repeat this performance in their semi-final game against Beresfield who went on to lose to (dare I say) Peninsula in the Grand Final.

Junior State Cup - WOLLONGONG

Building towards the Junior State Cup, training became more intense and the boys soon experienced what was needed to achieve at higher levels. Plenty of 4 in a minute runs and that sensation in your stomach that tells you that the training you are doing is actually good for you was part of the character building needed. Success is built on hard work and the refinement of skills and technique, and if that means you have to run and sweat, even in the heat, then so be it!

In our round games at Wollongong, a 0-0 draw against Wagga Wagga as well as our loss to Taren Point almost cost our place in the round of 16. Fortunately, convincing wins against Wallsend, Wests (2) and Dubbo gave us the percentile aggregate needed to qualify for the round of 16 (finishing 15th) and the reality check needed to liven our spirits and intensity yet again. “The best game of their season” as quoted by one of the parent spectators, was played against Ryde Eastwood in the round of 16 on an awesome playing surface. While we may have lost against them at the Central Coast Championships, it was obvious that the boys had progressed as a team since then and displayed great spirit, talent and teamwork to defeat the 2011 U14 Boys Yiangou Cup winning club. A first game re-match against Wagga Wagga was our next game (quarter final) and fortunately for us, the 3 point try rule was in place and we scored first. Our semi-final match was to be the most challenging of the season. Parramatta, who were eventual 2012 JSC winners defeated us 9-4. To our credit we played great touch and managed to score tries against a strong team with our players giving their all until the very end.

In summary, I would like to thank all players, especially Riley Foott and Matthew Philpott who helped us at the Peter Wilson Memorial and Junior State Cup respectively. I would also like to thank my assistant coach Samiul Sheens and team manager Karen Booth for all their help and support this season. Thank you also to all parents for their time and effort in getting their son to games and training, as well as the club support from all spectators which was also greatly appreciated. The team has progressed this year and players have shown tremendous spirit and potential. Congratulations on a great season (semi-finalists at JSC) and in particular to those players selected into further representative teams. Well done!

Matthew Sawyer

14 Girls


Firstly, a hearty congratulations to all the girls in the 2012 U/14 side. Runners-up in the State is an awesome performance. We started off the season a little slow, having some really good games, and then some really bad games. However, as the season progressed the girls really found their rhythm, and started to play as a team unit.
The ability within this side is huge. All the players have a unique skill to add to the team, and at Wollongong, we found it and used it to our best potential.
During the round games, the girls looked good, but as each round game progressed, the girls just got better. Their ability to let the ball travel from one side of the field and back to the other, is to be highly commended. I heard comments on the sidelines saying these girls "cant possibly be in the 14's" because the way that they played was amazing!
For the finals series, the girls were feeling a little nervous, because they had not really been challenged across the field. We beat Wollongong, then played Lower Blue Mountains where we let the first try in, and that meant that the girls had to pull out some magic, which they did, and then won 3-1. Newcastle in semis was tough but again the girls came out on top. Against Manly for the final the girls were overwhelmed by their size and physical contact, but gave the game everything they had left. The result being a 4-1 defeat. We'll get them next year!!
I'm really proud of all the girls and have loved every minute of coaching them. Congratulations to the 6 girls who made the Hornets squad, it is a credit to how well you played. I wish you every success. Keep learning, play hard and we'll see you back bigger, better and stronger next year. Berka Berka Berka oi oi oi
Jodi Dillon

10 Girls

With only 3 girls eligible to return from last year, our 1st challenge was to see if we could get a team. We had a Coach, Assistant Coach and Manager ready to go. After a bit of work asking around, we managed to get a team together.

We started training, and these girls showed plenty of potential. At the Central Coast Championship we made it to the Grand Final, only to lose to Manly.

We started training twice a week during the school holidays. We were all very excited when it was time to go to Nelson Bay for the Peter Wilson Memorial Cup. We had a very busy schedule with 5 games on the Saturday. We won 4 and lost 1. On the Sunday we played another 3 games losing in the Grand Final to Nelson Bay. A fantastic effort.

So now we knew they had something. Back to training. We had only a couple of training sessions to go. The girls trained hard.

Wollongong! On Saturday we had 3 games. We lost the 1st one, but won the next Two.

On the Sunday we played our 1st game and won. The girls finished 5th in the pools. Last year we finished 13th, so we were very impressed.

Round of 16 saw us playing Balmain, a team we had already beaten. We went in feeling a little confident, and rightly so we won again 5 to 0. We were estatic, we had made the top 8. Unfortunately our next game was against Ryde, and we lost in a close game 2-1.

On behalf of Tony(Coach), Mick(Assistant), the parents and myself I would like to Thank the girls for the amazing time we have had this season. The sportsmanship and fight these girls showed was nothing short of brilliant. You girls exceeded our expectations and we look forward to seeing you back again next year.

We would like to thank Berkeley Vale Panthers for their great organization over the Rep weekends and our Sponsors The Lakes Family Dental, Fruit For All and Coastline Tree Services.





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