BACK ROWPeter Wade (Goal Umpire), Mark Hoyne, Simon Hamilton, Kelvin Simpson, Mark Castles, Michael Naughton, David Kingston, John Geary, G Franssen
CENTRE ROW Max Simpson (Manager), Gavin Davis, Peter Dowdy, Garry Westcott, Paul Davison, Vince Brancatisano, Graham Wills, Brendan Donohue, Colin Bowes (Coach).
FRONT ROWEvan Kingston, Richard Burley, Stuart Wade (VC), Steve Hill (Capt), Anthony Davison, Anthony Freeman, Dennis Delaney, Brendan Collopy.
Dr Kevin Collopy was re-elected as President in what was to be his final year in a senior administrative position with the club.Luke Quigley won the NFL goal kicking award for the Reserves with 64 goals, whilst Richard Burley won the Under 17’s award with 73 goals. Ron McFarlane continued as Senior Coach, Michael Goonan took over from “Midge” Rossetto as Coach of the Reserves, whilst Colin Bowes was the new Coach of the Under 17’s. Brian Turley was Club Delegate to the Nepean Football League. Club Best and Fairest awards were Paul Housden (Firsts) and Midge Rossetto (Reserves), and Steve Hill (Thirds).
The Seniors were defeated by 34 points in the last game by Rosebud which resulted in them losing fourth position to Crib Point. This was the first time in six years that the Senior team had not been in the finals. The Reserves also missed out on finals games as they slipped from last year’s fifth position to sixth.
The final hope of the club therefore became the Under 17’s who were hoping to make it three consecutive premierships. The final four contenders were YCW, Pines, Rosebud and Crib Point – YCW and Pines having lost only one game during the home and away season.
After YCW’s second semi final win over Pines – 8/13/61 to 6/10/37 – Pines came through as YCW’s opponent yet again in a grand final which was played at the Rosebud oval. After an even first quarter, YCW took off in the second quarter and scored freely to have a 5 goal lead at the long break. Pines came back in the third quarter and scored 5 goals to 1 to be only 10 points down at three quarter time. Colin Bowes reminded his young charges of their overall goal and they responded by also kicking 5 goals 6 behinds to one goal. Richard Burley, who had been very quiet for most of the game, responded with 3 last quarter goals from the forward pocket. Inaccuracy considerably reduced their winning margin of 46 points. The premiership resulted in a ‘double’ for Coach Colin Bowes, who coached the YCW Senior Cricket team to victory in last year’s MPCA cricket season.
Final Scores: YCW 13/16/94 to Pines 8/6/54
Best Players: Steve Hill, Vince Brancatisano, Kelvin Simpson and Mark Castles.
Major Goal kickers: Richard Burley 3, Kelvin Simpson 2, Steve Hill 1
Point of Interest: Current player Mack Hura’s uncle is the Captain.