Friday, 3 November 2006 12:15 PM
The 2006 season has now come to an end and what an incredibly successful year it has been for all, from Under 8’s to Under 16’s. We are proud to announce that in season 2007 the Club will have four Super League Teams competing in the Under 13, Under 15, Under 16 and Under 18 competitions.
The South Melbourne Juniors Football Club fielded 11 Junior/Sub Junior teams and of the 8 Junior teams we achieved 1 x Premiership, 2 x Runners-up and 2 x Third placings.
Our three Sub Junior teams achieved excellent results and their development during the season was enormous and we expect a lot in the future from this fine crop of young players.
This year the Under 15’s and 16’s had twelve individual players represent the Club on different occasions in the Under 21 Premier League Reserve side. This current Committee has now achieved a clear career path with a direct link from our Under 8 Sub Juniors to Youth / Senior representation.
South Melbourne has a proud tradition in Australian Soccer and also has a reputation of producing some fine players from within its junior ranks. A recent example is Apostolos Giannou, who recently signed with Dutch giant PSV Eindhoven Youth Team at the age of 16. Apostolos was picked up from us last season by the Victorian Institute of Sport and has already represented and scored for Australia at youth level and believe me, there are a lot more coming from our junior structure.
We thank and acknowledge all the parents for the support they have given the club and for bringing their children to training nights and match days in rain hail and shine. Their prompt attendance ensured the smooth running of training sessions which is the most important component in their development.
A special thanks to all the coaches and team managers for their tireless efforts during the season assisting in the delicate preparation of our future senior players.