A new breed of South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) stars are set to make their mark on the competition in 2017, with the Under 13’s preparing for another successful Interleague carnival.
The SMJFL Stars achieved great results in 2016, with both Division 1 and Division 2 sides going through the carnival undefeated, and taking out the U13 titles.
For the second year in a row, John Burke will take the reigns as Head Coach of the U13 squad.
Burke has thrived in various coaching roles at junior and senior level throughout his 20 year involvement in grassroots football.
The Level 2 accredited coach has enjoyed a string of successes throughout his career, highlighted by premierships with Cheltenham, Beaumaris and Black Rock.
Burke was recently appointed President of the Black Rock Football, Auskick & Netball Club for 2017 and is set to relish in his new role.
His vast experience and involvement in community football makes him an asset to the league, and an outstanding mentor for our young footballers.
Burke’s extensive football knowledge and coaching freedom has allowed him to generate a winning formula among teams under his guidance.
“David [Sheridan] has encouraged me to implement some of my key thoughts and processes into the program around our core objectives, culture and individual opportunity,” he said.
“We want to see each player participate against the culture, game style, structures and rotations that we have instilled. If they all commit to these requirements we will be in for another strong and competitive carnival.”
The U13 team is an introduction into the Interleague program, giving coaches a look into the host of young talent the league has to offer.
SMJFL Head of Coaching David Sheridan believes it’s the perfect opportunity to implement the program’s values, and prepare players for competitions to come.
“Under 13s is our entry into the Interleague program. Our objective is to set core values of the Interleague, make them understand that commitment, attitude, respect and effort (CARE) is at the core,” Sheridan said.
Sheridan has appointed a selection of talented coaches to line-up alongside Burke, and guide players through their first season of Interleague.
John Burke will coach the U13 Div 1 team alongside American Michael ‘Buddy’ Spohn. Buddy is currently in Texas trialing out for the USA National AFL team.
Stephen Zayler, known to many for his outstanding contribution to football and Mark Louis, experienced and tactically shrewd, are in charge of Div 2.
By following his sons Nick and Sam through their SMJFL and Interleague journeys, Burke believes involvement with the league has helped them developed as players and young men.
“The SMJFL system is a fantastic opportunity for players to enjoy and learn their football within a well structured pathway and I have been fortunate to have been involved throughout my sons playing careers,” he said.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing my sons and their mates evolve not only as players but as good young men.”
The U13 players and coaches are deep into training, and are just two months away from another Interleague campaign.