2014 in Review
Tullamarine – Essendon Ford Division 1 – 13-3 (2nd) – Runner-Up
Under-10 Division 3 Premiers
Division 1 Reserves B&F – Dale Foote
Division 1 Leading goal-kickers – Daniel Mangan & Jonathan Kent
Under-12 Division 6 B&F – Jason Kenneth
Senior team of the year: Drew Hynninen, Adam Sayers, Adam Scott, Michael Egan, Jonathan Kent, Daniel Mangan
From the club:
The club had stronger numbers at junior level and enjoyed team success with the Under-10 Division 3 team winning the grand final. The seniors were among the top Division 1 teams all season, earning Tullamarine plenty of positive attention from the EDFL community.
Fielding an Under-16 and Under-18 team will be a top priority in 2015. The club is seeking to recruit to bolster numbers. The senior group will focus on recruiting players in an age profile that can continue at the benchmark set by the 2014 group.
The reserves side coming off just one win the year prior had a much-improved season to win eight games and finish fifth.
2014 Coach Ash Manning always put on a brave face when asked about it, but the question “can Tulla actually handle promotion?” was the burning one that outsiders put to the team all season.
Ultimately, a disappointing grand final result meant we would not get an answer. But this Tulla team looked like one built to win Division 1 rather than one that could both win, and make a decent go of Premier.
Up until the grand final, Tullamarine had looked every bit a premiership contender with its new-look forward line firing and a midfield and defensive group as reliable as any across all three divisions.
The number of Team of the Year representatives from Tullamarine reflects a playing group that dominated the majority of the competition, for much of the year.
Tullamarine now faces an interesting period of transition. Manning’s surprise removal as coach gives another chance to Anthony Leydin to have a crack at Division 1, while burning questions about who retires, who goes again, and who comes and goes on the player market, makes Tullamarine one of the most interesting teams to watch this summer.
Best win – Advancing direct to the grand final with a commanding win against West Coburg in the qualifying final had plenty around the league convinced that it would be Tulla taking out the flag.
Toughest loss – Hard to go past a grand final where the team was nowhere near the benchmark it had set for itself.
Club best & Fairest results:
Seniors Michael Egan
Reserves Dale Foote