Yet again this season was one where our players got older as other teams got younger. For instance Southern District’s oldest player is 53 while the Unquenchables over the season had 5 players over 60 playing.
There were 49 players for the Unquenchables of which 6 played 1 game. There was a core of 18 players who were the backbone of our team. Young Dennis Collard was the only player to start every game. As usual we finished in the lower half of the competition.
We picked up 2 very promising recruits only to have them suffer season ending injuries. We are hopeful that Sai Niavalu and David Ross will be back next season. Mike Silvester a Pom also a new recruit is still coming to grips with no pushing in the scrums. He played a few games for the 3XV to keep up his srummaging technique.We lost 2 players at the end of the season,Andy Sharp to Qld and gun forward Craig Findlay to WA.
Some season highlights were yet another recruit, Jarrod Newell who turned on some blistering pace at Rugbyfest but it was nowhere to be seen during the season. He needs to start training much earlier next season. Frank Tuimaka shed a lot of kilograms at the end of last season and was all over the ground this year. Fumbles Fogale sprinted for a try and under no pressure dropped the ball when he was over the try line. It was an abysmal performance,hence the Jockstrap
The Bryan Burdett era of coach, selector and team manager of the Unquenchables is finally over. After the last 3 years of threatening to retire from his duties he has finally done it. Already there is excitement in the air as our new game strategy of kick and chase promises to bring us up to modern game day tactics. Bryan was instrumental in keeping the Unquenchables and Masters going when there were only 2 teams in our competition. He can retire with pride and satisfaction after 30+ years of unselfish service.He was recognised by the team with an honorary 8o’s tie and by the Club with an award for service in the changerooms at the Rugbyfest.. He even played a 20 min cameo role as prop at 81. Well done Bryan!
Mick Headberry 35s trophy Frank Tuimaka
Doug McDermott 45s Trophy Carlo Fogale
Prick of the Year Kevin Walsh
Jockstrap Carlo Fogale
Bryan Burdett Trophy Andy Ellis
Ant Balocca (9th) 60 tie
Lots of authors over the years!