Under 17 Play of the Day in review

An extremely popular feature of the Under 17 season has been the Play of the Day where individuals have been acknowledged for the positive contribution they’ve made on field.

Whether it’s been an Under 15 aged player joining in and making a strong contribution, a player who’s new to the game or just returned after a break and had an influence on a result, someone kicking a wonder goal, or a player who’s been selfless with the one percenters, its been great to see these important contributions recognised and celebrated.

So here’s a review of the winners of Play of the Day and what they did to get the shout out:

Nic Gibbeson (Coffs Harbour Breakers) – kicked a goal from the boundary line in plenty of traffic with a snap over his shoulder.

Braydan Paunovic (Sawtell Toormina Saints) – arrived late to game due to other commitment, ran straight onto ground, one handed pick-up, ran past an opponent, hit a team mate lace out, then ran past to receive again.

Andrew Dyball (Grafton Tigers) – first game of footy in three years, hit the ground running, looked like he’d never been away from the game and what was close to a best on ground performance

Will Foot (Coffs Harbour Breakers) – Bottom age Under 17 player, leading hard for the footy, applying great pressure to lock the ball into the forward line, tackling, shepherding, diving on the loose ball.

Chad Anderson (Sawtell Toormina Saints) – Under 15 playing up an age group, traveled to Tamworth, played a great match, involved in everything that was positive.

Jye Boehme (Grafton Tigers) – kicked 22 goals in the one match, great support from his team mates to create the opportunities.

Andrew Spencer (Coffs Harbour Breakers) – played his first ever match in the ruck, won plenty of taps, kept backing up, competed as hard in the last contest as the first.

Mike O’Hearn (Grafton Tigers) – first year playing AFL, improving every week, got heaps of possessions, kicked his first goal, then went on to kick a second.

Rhys Mulholland (Coffs Harbour Breakers) – had a break from playing due to other commitments, missed footy so came back and took to it like a duck to water both in the ruck and the backline.

Braydan Paunovic (Sawtell Toormina Saints) – much faster opponent tried to run round him, dug deep, dived, caught hold, held on, won the free kick.

Campbell Forster (Coffs Harbour Breakers) – Under 15 playing up an age group, kicked a magic goal after selling two lots of hand candy in the passage of play.

Ewan Whitty (Grafton Tigers) – played his best game of the season, applied pressure at every contest he was involved in, great at all the one percenters, had a massive influence on the game.

Cooper Marle (Coffs Harbour Breakers) – Under 15 playing up an age group for the first time, great attack on the footy and effort all day, plenty of one percenters.

A huge shout out to everyone involved with this year’s Under 17 competition. It’s great to see the passion these guys have for the game and the important contribution they’re making to the ongoing growth of the game on the North Coast.