Nathan Beaumont and his men finished their 2017 season on Saturday afternoon with a gutsy 18 point loss to ladder leaders and premiership favourite Beaumaris and will no doubt give this group the belief that they not only belong in Premier but can also compete with the best.
Season 2017 was always going to be an interesting season with our Under 19's who were coming off Back to Back premierships being promoted to the Premier division and coming up against football powerhouses such as Xavs and St Kevins amongst others.
Playing in Premier division was always going to be beneficial for our boys as it meant they were playing against the best young talent and would hold them in good stead come their senior years at CGFC.
Preparation for season 2017 started way back in November of 2016 with the appointment of coach Nathan Beaumont and the start of Pre-season which was well attended by the Under 19's group. Nathan quickly formed a bond between himself and his players and this was strong right til the end of the season.
Throughout the season the Under 19's had 5 players who played senior football which is a testament to the program that Nathan and Assistant Coach Dave were running. These 5 boys (Jesse Toniolo, Harry Schaffer, Nick Baltas, Finn McEvoy and Sam Dorevitch) all made the jump to senior level football with ease and look like great future players for the club.
This Unders group led by Captain Ben Fynmore showed great character throughout the year managing 5 great wins and some gutsy performances along the way.
Matt Ball lead the goal kicking up forward with 45 goals but it was the consistency of the playing group and the growth from within the group that was so positive and has many people at the club bullish about the years to come.
We had players from Caulfield Grammar come through the team at times this year who more than held their own which is another positive sign of things to come for the Under 19's in season 2018.
From everyone at CGFC we want to congratulate this group on a solid 2017 and we look forward to an exciting season 2018.