Berwick Springs had an excellent year with regards to senior football.
They ended up going down to Gembrook Cockatoo by 50 points in the Preliminary Final, following an 11-1-6 record, which saw them finish the H&A season in 3rd position.
The Preliminary Final loss followed a strong win the week before by 22 points over Emerald.
They looked one of the better teams or much of the season and they proved their credentials by drawing with eventual Premiers (Gembrook Cockatoo) in Round 7 and a convincing win over runners up, Seville by 42 in Round 16. This emphatic victory over Seville came despite Berwick Springs being inaccurate in front of goal; 12.16 88 to 7.4 46.
In Round 13 they obliterated Belgrave to the tune of 151 points. A whopping 25 goals and 25 behinds saw them reach 175, whilst Belgrave were restricted to a lowly 3.6.
Thomas Nelson had a great year up forward, booting 47 goals, as did Corey Green who managed 29 from just 14 games. Blake Simondson and Matthew Collett were busy with 25 and 20 goals respectively, whilst Dysan Morris and Kayden Buselli operated at around a goal a game.
Some other standout players were Daniel Ousley who won the division one seniors best and fairest medal, with Jayden Malek, Nick Rattle and Riley Hillman also having great seasons.
They had plenty of contributors and the stats backed this up, with Berwick Springs leading Division 1 for kicks, marks and intercept marks.
Something that let them down at stages was their kicking for goal, with their scoring efficiency down at 48.9%.
They should be there at the business end again in 2023 and if they can tighten the screws in front of goal, they will be a dangerous threat come the business end of the year.
The reserves had a sensational year and came up seven points short in the Grand Final against Gembrook Cockatoo. Berwick Springs were trailing for the vast majority of the match and rallied late, giving the Brookers a massive scare. Unfortunately for Berwick Springs, it was ultimately too late.
Jaxon Knight, Braydn Hoewel and Ethan Damato had stella years in front of the sticks, whilst Jackson McCallum, Kai Maas, Brayden Follett and Matt Connelly had standout years.
In A Grade netball, Berwick Springs finished with a 4-15 record, which saw them finish last (7th), although they were only won win off finishing 5th.
Some team highlights for the season were defeating the 5th placed Belgrave in Round 13 by four goals and the same in Round 20. They finished the season off on a high note, which saw them also win in Round 21, this time against Gembrook Cockatoo, by 5 goals.
Jess Hoskin was a standout when it came to scoring goals, shooting 255 goals, despite only playing 14 games. Of these 14 games, 11 of them saw Hoskin shoot 15+ goals, showing a high level of consistency.
Charlie Brocks was also busy near the net, slotting 172 goals from 18 games. Chloe Maas added 114 goals of her own, rotating between WA and GA.
The main standouts for the season were Laura Walker, who was brilliant as GK, Chloe Maas and Jess Hoskin who rotated between GA and WA at times and Jessie Hare in the centre.
For next season, the Titans would want to improve on their team defence. They conceded 46 goals per game which is a little higher than they would have liked. Given the strong finish to the season and only finishing one game behind 5th, Berwick Springs look to be more competitive in more games.
Allana Hadley, Charlie Brocks, Nikita Milner and Hailey van Polen were also solid contributors.
Their D Grade team made the finals, after finishing fourth and went down 22-29 to Seville in the Preliminary Final.
Written by Jordan Peeler