This year has been a successful year in so many ways.
We started fitness training in week 2 of term 1 and had a great turnout each week, Mr Kim Minot taking the students up the firebreak and back to school. We asked for an initial signup of students so we could source Coaches and Managers. That turnout barely altered when the official registration took place. These students, both boys and girls, are serious about their football. We had two senior boys’ teams, a junior boys’ team and a girls’ team.
The junior boys have proved to be an area where we need to establish routine, rules and form good team ethics. We were very lucky to have Kieran Brown and David Jack (both having left NNC in 2014) who volunteered their time to coach these Year 9 & 10 students. These coaches were at Naenae College every Saturday at 7.45am to be with this young team to either travel with them or be with them for a home game. Kieran refereed each week. Andrew Dolden (Ethan’s dad) drove the school van every away game and we had a growing number of parents supporting these young students. This junior team took a while to gel but as most of these boys are Year 9's we have a very good base for a strong junior team in 2016.
Our girls' team were stronger this year, trials took place and generally we had more at training each week. One training a week with coaches means that players are expected to train and improve their fitness themselves. This continues to be a battle with this team but we are improving each year. This team is made up of Year 9-13’s - it is good to see the junior students and senior students working together to become a team throughout the season.
Our 2nd X1 had previously played in Division 12/13 but because of the attitude and calibre of players in that team we asked that they be put in a higher division. They played in Youth Division 9. Mr Kim Minot coached the 2nd X1 and his guidance and management was just what was required for our United Nations; a team with 12 different ethnicities out of 16 players. Dion Frith (George's dad) and Darrin Jack (Steven’s dad) supported this team with Kim Minot on away games.
Having won their division in 2014, Mr Reynolds wanted to challenge our 1st X1 and when CSW asked if we would like to be in Youth Division 3 he did not hesitate in accepting. To support James we introduced Jared Ware, an ex-student from Naenae College and with a wealth of football experience. The 1st X1 played some fantastic football and grew each week, even beating Rathkeale College in the last week of competition - we are the only school to have beaten them and Rathkeale went on to win Division 3.
Although none of our teams made the CSW finals this year we performed strongly in our respective divisions. What is pleasing is the increasing number of family supporting our junior boys’ team and the continued support from parents and family with our senior boys.
James Reynolds and Kim Minot - your support and advice to me as Convenor has been invaluable and I cannot thank you both enough.
Convening Football for Naenae College has been a pleasure in 2015 and I look forward to building on the structure and systems that have been set up in 2016.
Football Convenor NNC 2015