The Under 14s of the South Metro Stars Interleague program have a group of experienced coaches to lead them in season 2015 with Sam Calogero being named head coach.
Sam has a Level 2 AFL Coach Accreditation and is currently the match day runner fort the Vic Metro Under 18s. Sam has been around coaching for almost 30 years, starting way back in 1986. He has coached at a variety of SMJFL clubs and is currently the Dandenong Stingrays Under 15s Development coach – position he has held since 2006.
Sam is excited for the challenge ahead. “I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. To see so many enthusiastic faces at training is great and I think us coaches were just as excited as the boys training so we can’t wait to get stuck in.”
Helping Sam will be Chris White, Michael Smith and David Williams.
Chris White has been involved with Oakleigh his whole life. From the start of his junior football playing days, before progressing through to the senior ranks where he played for another six years. Chris then landed his first head-coaching role at Oakleigh JFC in 2009 and has continued to coach various age groups. Chris holds a Level 2 AFL Coach Accreditation and is a two-time premiership coach in the SMJFL (2013 & 2014) and will coach the Under 15s Division three team in season 2015.
Chris has been passionate about being involved with the interleague program for some time now and is pumped to get his chance this year.
“The experience of it [coaching interleague] and it’s what everyone looks forward to it. I think it was Mick [Smith] who said it last week, it’s like state of origin for the boys so it’s going to be a great experience for us all,” he said.
Michael Smith has a Level 1 AFL Coach Accreditation and has been coaching at St Paul’s McKinnon for the last two seasons. Like Chris, Michael has had a strong affiliation with his home club, having played his junior football (U11s-U17s) at St Paul’s Demons. He also had the pleasure of playing under the late Robbie Flower for a season with the Melbourne Football Club Under 19s team.
Michael summed up his feelings simply, “It’s going to be grouse,” he said. “My boys lost their Grand Final last year and they were devastated. The next week I said to the boys we’re going to have a bit of a practice match, bring your friends. We got 38 players down and 26 didn’t even play with us. I think it’s going to be great to have so many kids from all different clubs competing and having fun.”
David Williams makes up the team of four coaches that will be a part of Under 14s South Metro Stars. David has a Level 1 Youth Accreditation and has also coached at St Paul’s McKinnon and will coach the Under 13 boys this season.
Training for the Under 14s squad commenced in late February with around 140 participants currently. By week 10, the squad will be cut to 52 boys who will make up a Division 1 and Division 2 team. This will be followed by a jumper presentation night to all players approximately one week prior to the Interleague carnival.
The South Metro Stars are one of eight teams who will compete in the Metropolitan Junior Championships. We will have two teams (Division 1 & 2) representing our league with both teams consisting of a squad of 26 players each.
It will be a round robin format, with two pools of four teams, with each side playing each other once (three matches in total). The highest ranked team is declared the winner, with no Grand Final’s for the Under 14 and Under 15 boys competitions.
The Championships will again take place across separate days during the season with the first match to be played on Wednesday 27th May before concluding on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, with matches on Saturday 6th June and Monday 8th June. Both home games on the long weekend will be played at Trevor Barker Oval, meaning the Stars will play on one of the best grounds in the state.
More information and contact details can be found on the Interleague tab at the top of the page.