Kats the cream of crop

Melville Times - - Sport -

THE years 7 and 12 Win­na­cott Kats teams are the pride of the club af­ter both fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son un­de­feated.

With 18 play­ers notch­ing 50 games for the club this year, the Year 7 Kats are reap­ing the re­wards of a ded­i­cated play­ing squad, ac­cord­ing to coach An­thony Yerkovich.

“A lot of the boys have been play­ing to­gether at the club for five or six years, with the ma­jor­ity start­ing from Aus­kick,” he said.

“What this club stands for since I’ve been in­volved is not win­ning but de­vel­op­ing the boys and girls in all po­si­tions on the field, which has moulded th­ese boys into an all-round side who can play var­i­ous roles on game day.”

Af­ter rolling to 13 straight wins, com­pil­ing 818 points to just 160 along the way, the Year 7 Kats are now pre­par­ing for their first crack at fi­nals foot­ball.

“This is our first fi­nals cam­paign, so it is a bit of the un­known but my­self and my as­sis­tant coach have great faith in this group and wher­ever the sea­son takes us in 2017 it will still be a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment by all the boys,” Yerkovich said.

Year 12 coach Ray Mead­owcroft is also eye­ing off a strong fi­nals per­for­mance af­ter his side pow­ered to 14 reg­u­lar-sea­son wins.

“The group as a whole love their footy and work hard,” he said. “They are keen to learn and al­ways em­brace new ideas; they have worked ex­tremely hard both in the pre­sea­son and sea­son proper and their at­ti­tude is first-class.”

Fi­nals were an ex­cit­ing time that play­ers han­dled in dif­fer­ent ways, he said.

The Win­na­cott Kats Year 12s (top) and the Year 7s.

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