South East United are the 2017 FFT Under 15 league champions! Our young stars wrapped up the title with a game to spare, losing only the one game all season.
It is a triumph against adversity for a side which had only managed one victory in two turbulent seasons since making their youth football bow in 2015.
Skipper Kasper Hallem led the way with a staggering haul of 47 goals in only 18 games, while Nick Roland finally found his shooting boots after two seasons without a goal, to record a highly impressive 21 goals of his own. Brock Adams (8), Gus Omond and Chris Goodwin (both 5), also featured highly in the league scoring charts.
The championship caps a memorable few weeks for Kasper, who was also named in the Tasmania squad for the FFT's National Training Centre (NTC) program. Following the Launceston Cup at the end of September, Kasper will join up with his NTC team mates for a national tournament in Canberra. He is the first South East player to achieve representative honours, and is a great example to all the young players at the club to show that they can achieve success without leaving to join the more established clubs nearer the city.
This is a complete Under 15s team, with strength in all departments. In goals, Jesse Mason has had an outstanding season, ably supported by deputies Ben Welling and Gus Omond. In defence the two Haydens (Berry and Costello) have been brilliantly consistent, under the leadership of Conference gun Blaise Booth. Danny Yates and Melaleuca Sansom-Gartrell provide reliable support in the wings.
It is arguably in midfield where South East has been at its most dominant. Alongside the skipper, Finn Lord has had an outstanding season, while Brock Adams and Brad Woolley on the wings are the equals of anyone in the league. Nick Roland and Chris Goodwin have been in rare form further forward, while youngsters Jasmine Roland and Jethro Wilson have been superb when called upon.
Many of this side will be eligible to step forward into senior football next season, while the Under 16s will also be a very solid competition. Either way, there is plenty of football ahead for this outstanding young team, which is ably led by their long-term coach, Glen Roland.