History of Henley Sharks
Season That Was
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In a change of direction, the Club was fortunate to appoint the stellar SANFL Full Back champion Steven Hall as it’s playing Coach. Hall had played 190 league games for the Eagles and experienced multiple seasons on the Adelaide Crows rookie list in the AFL. He was decorated as a player in the Eagles ‘Team of the Decade’ and was a crucial member of the 2006 SANFL premiership team. He also won the Eagles Best & Fairest Award in 1997.
The inclusion of the new Coach brought a strong recruiting campaign that introduced 15 new players. The most experienced of those was the highly regarded Tim Inkster. Also from the Eagles, Inkster had played 80 SANFL games and kicked 113 goals. Other high class recruits were Ruckman Ross Pederson from the Northern Territory, Centre Half Forward Joel Cullen from Glenelg, and On-baller Jason Turner. Other players lured to the Club were Jamie Cammerano, Ashley Place, Greg Parkes, Daniel Bartlett, Ben Arbon, Alex Button and Luke Woodcock.
It was a strong season winning 14 games in 18 rounds as the Sharks missed out on the minor premiership due to percentage. The finals journey began with a Qualifying final at the Henley Oval where the disappointing Sharks were trampled by Salisbury North. With the double chance, the Semi final in the folloing week also saw disappointment the following week when Gepps Cross ended the A-Grade’s season with a 6 goal victory at the Henley Oval. The Sharks finished 4th.
New comer Jason Turner finished 3rd in the league medal and won the Club’s Ardill Medal as the season’s best & fairest player. Luke Duncan with 38 goals won the A-Grade’s goal kicking trophy and was closely followed by Russell Biar who kicked 36.
The 3 new recruits of Cullen, Pederson and Turner were selected in the SAAFL’s Team of the Year for their outstanding seasons. Captain Luke Pastyn also had a terrific year.
The Anzac Day game was held at Pedlar Reserve (Seaton) against the Seaton Ramblers. Although leading at one stage by 40 points the great spirit of Seaton on the friday afternoon game saw the Sharks just scrape through by 3 points.
2008 Division 1 Premier: Goodwood def. Salisbury North
After losing the 2007 Grand Final to Gaza, the B-Grade side with Luke Stubing in his second season as Coach, steam rolled the competition with an undefeated minor premiership. The team won 6 more games than any other side throughout the minor rounds and with a total of 2149 points kicked for the season, its scoring tally was 684 points better than the next ranking side. What was more remarkable was its total opposition scoring tally conceded only 624 points. Its highest score in the minor rounds came in Round 4 at the Henley Memorial Oval where the Sharks kicked a massive 34.24 (228) to Broadview’s 0.0 (0). Luke Woodcock kicked 15 goals and Jason Secker bagged 5.
In the finals it required only 2 matches and both were played against Salisbury North. The Semi final played at Henley Oval was a closely contested win of 17 points and the Grand Final at the Thebarton Oval was a nine goal victory to the Sharks.
The dominance was well led by full forward Ashley Place who won the league’s goal kicking award with 54 goals, at an average of 4 goals a game. Also having a great season was Ryan Bowman who with 17 votes won the A1 reserves league medal on top of winning the team’s Best & Fairest award. Other players prominent in the best & fairest were Aaron Dart, Jason Secker, Sam Daniel & Chase Wescombe. Daniel Tonkin was Captain for the year.
In Division 7, Peter King in his second season solely took the reigns as Coach after sharing the position in 2007. With 12 victories for the season, the team finished 3rd after the minor rounds. In the finals it got past Athelstone with ease at the Kilburn Oval then lost to Paralowie at Paralowie. The double chance saw it conquer Mitchell Park at Edwardstown to once again face Paralowie in a Kilburn Oval Grand Final. The inaccurate minor premier of Paralowie kept Henley in the hunt but the Sharks eventually went down by 11 points.
Goal kicker Simon Barnes accumulated his best tally with 60 goals to lead the C-Grade’s goal kicking. Jamali Sarai won the Best & Fairest award with Luke Day, David Loveder, Brad Tokin and Nathan Caldow also collecting multiple votes. Scott Jones was the team’s Captain.
David Loveder, Tom Pitman and Jamali Sarai were also selections in the Division 7 Team Of The Year.
Tony Yalias took on the D-Grade coaching role as the team won 15 games for the season to finish 3rd after the minor rounds. In its first finals game the team lost to Athelstone at the Kilburn Oval, then with the double chance got past Sacred Heart by a goal at the Paralowie Oval. In the Preliminary final at the Edwardstown Oval, it was once again conquered by the eventual premier Athelstone to finish 3rd for the season.
Simon Hardy had a massive year winning the league’s goal kicking award with 70 goals. On 2 occasions he kicked 10 goals (R5: Vs Flinders Uni & R6: Vs Mitchell Park) but his biggest day out came in the 25 goal away win against Flinders University where Hardy kicked 12. Mick Lockett was runner up in the league medal and Captain David Jolley won the D-Grade Best & Fairest award. The team included other great season performances from Andrew Wiseman, Tom Christiansen and Steve Mann.
In the Under 18’s competition, the Colts began the finals by defeating Port Districts at Henley Oval. In the Semi Final the minor premier North Haven qualified for the Grand Final by defeating Henley by 7 points at the Largs Reserve Oval. With the double chance at Henley Oval the team breezed past Gepps Cross to earn a rematch against North Haven in the Thebarton Grand Final. With an 8 goal win, Coach Peter Niemann and the Henley Colts won their second premiership in 3 years.
Under 18s Premiers
Jordan Lawless had a great season kicking 32 goals. His team mate Paul Rugolo was selected in the Under 18’s state side as his performance saw him earn a best on ground award. Leigh Costello won the Best & Fairest award with Luke McDonough, Jack Costello, Daniel Goodfellow and Heath Grosser also performing well all year. Daniel Bell was Captain of the premiership team.
Under 12s Premiers
Rod Hill coached a talented Under 16s side equipped with the latest fashion and hairstyles. It finished the minor rounds undefeated and on top of the ladder. Making its way to the Grand Final, the boys unfortunately went down to Port Districts, losing the game by a point. Captain P. Sinor won the season’s Best & Fairest award.
Charlie Drew continued coaching the Under 14s, as the reigning premiers found it difficult finishing 6th. The Captain J. Sinor was awarded best player for the year.
With a massive pool of players, the Club was able to submit an Under 13s side. As a new age level only 4 teams participated in the competition as for Coach Adam Harris (Big-H), it was certain the team would play finals. With J. Enright as Captain, the team finished 3rd with R. Nielson winning the best player award.
Under 11 Premiers
The Under 12s mastered the season with the utmost professionalism from Coaches Steve Stretch and Des O’Dwyer. The young fellas were carved into fitness machines via intense training activities such as 2 kilometre time trials. The hard work paid off when the boys took victory against Port Districts at the Woodville Oval to win an undefeated premiership with ease. The Captaincy was shared between Billy Stretch and Jack Johansen as both players were representatives in the Under 12s state side. Billy Stretch also won the season’s Best & Fairest award.
The Under 11s were also a class above the rest going the season without losing game and conquering the premiership against SMOSH West Lakes. Like the Under 13s it was the 1st year an Under 11s was submitted as the Club officially had a team for every age bracket excluding 15 year olds. Brian Carey and Peter Morgan guided the players as Coaches of the team. The Best & Fairest winner Lochie Barreau also won the Under 11s league medal. The captaincy was shared between M. Duval, S. McGarry, L. Hosie and M. Pickard.
The remaining 3 teams were coached by John Taylor (Under 10s), David Crouch (Under 9s) and Rob Lukosius (Under 8s). Being quite young and still learning the game, the young Sharks played in competitions that did not rank teams or play finals. The Under 9s on multiple occasions played Friday night games.
Away from the Club, former junior players Brad Ebert and Paul Stewart were drafted to the AFL, being recruited by the West Coast Eagles and Port Adelaide Power teams respectively. Other juniors Matthew Broadbent, Cody Hicks and Sam Daveron each made their SANFL debuts with the Eagles.
Senior players to reach milestones were…
- 200 Games– Peter King, Shaun Letts
- 150 Games– Michael Lockett, Craig Herrmann, Simon Barnes, Scott Jones
- 100 Games– Scott Berry, Andrew Martin, Luke Pastyn, Lee Pastyn, Chase Wescombe, David ‘Dos’ O’Sullivan
2 netball sides known as the Sharkettes were established by the player’s partners.
Club Life Membership was awarded to Geoff Pierson, Andrew Pierson, Mark Grosser and Tony Dart, bringing the official Life members total to 120. Player Life Member awards went to David Jolley and Leon Rayner.
On July 23rd Mark ‘Chopper’ Ried came to the club for a night of R-Rated entertainment.
Club improvements saw the preseason project of extending the paving area to cover the full length of the building, as the $20,000 cost was cut by 3 quarters thanks mostly to the efforts of Luke Pastyn and the senior players. Another improvement saw Cafe’ style outdoor blinds added to the front veranda of the building.
After beginning in season 2003, Leanne Geddes completed her 5th and final year as Senior Club Secretary. The bar operations saw a 10% increase thanks to the great work of Peter ‘Bolts’ Lawrence and Neil ‘Goon or Budgie’ Madigan.
All in all, the football club had 220 juniors and 150 senior registered players.
The Lakes Resort Hotel and Eadon Home Loans were the Club’s major sponsors.
Written by Evan Bennetts