WHAT a day! The Under 12's Narooma Devils were victorious in the grand final over a gallant Eden Tigers to the tune of 26-12.
This victory capped off a wonderful year of football for these outstanding young footballers.
The team celebrated with a Mad Monday event with colourful roadside signs leading the way to Corunna Lake where the boys had fun on the water for a day.
Going into the Grand Final with only one loss for the season, which happened to be against the grand final opponents, the boys set themselves some goals and we are proud to report that they were all achieved during the match.
The Devils were shocked into action early after conceding the first try however rallied quickly to hit back immediately.
Great inspirational ball running was witnessed by Bradley O'Sullivan, Terrence Callaghan, Riley Breust, Joel Sweeney and Kade McGrath. They set the platform for many raids on the opposition's try line.
Their play makers, Marcus Lonsdale-Patten, Kaleb Moritz, Shannon Miller and Tully Wilton were outstanding, setting up and capitalising on many point scoring opportunities.
Ammon Beard, William Middlemiss and Cooper Paulic all took their chances running great lines and making hard yards.
The back three, the fullback and wingers which were Connor Bruest, Mitchell Swadling and Koorin Parsons-Campbell where mistake free setting up many wonderful counterattacking raids from deep in our own end.
Blake Zideluns was menacing out wide and neutralised one of Eden's potent weapons in the process.
However, defence was one key indicator of our success and Liam Sweeney led the way in this department and he was ably supported by Adam Westrip who both demonstrated a toughness, which the opposition ball runners were attempting to avoid.
A special mention goes to Arnhem Campbell who has played all year however injury outside of football saw him miss this match.
All in all, spectators witnessed a wonderful team effort! Liam Sweeney was judged to be “Man of the Match” by the Group 16 officials however this award could have easily gone to five or six other players too!
Our point scorers were Marcus Lonsdale-Patten (2), Liam Sweeney, Blake Zideluns and Connor Breust tries with conversions kicked by Marcus Lonsdale-Patten, Liam Sweeney and Shannon Miller.
I must take this opportunity to thank the boys for an outstanding year! They were a pleasure to coach.
To Craig Swadling, who I shared this coaching experience with this year and won't ever forget it, I thank you too.
Also to the parents and supporter of our side, I say thank you as well. They have watched this group of boys come from not winning a game last year to Premiers! Your support has been appreciated this year!
Finally... "Who Are We - Devils!"
Coach of Narooma Devils Under 12s'
Tightly fought contest for League Tag Girls
A FULL strength Devils League Tag Girls side took on a well drilled Eden Tigers team in their inaugural girls league tag Grand Final.
A tightly fought contest saw the teams locked together at nil all for 10 minutes of the first half, with Narooma defending their line for six repeat sets.
Outstanding defence from Dakota and Janaija saw the Eden girls throwing the ball wide and scoring in the corner, 4-0 Eden.
From the tap off Narooma worked their way down the field and with an evasive run Dakota scored next to the posts, 4 all.
Two sets later and Dakota tore through the middle of the ruck and ran away to score at half time.
The second half continued the same as the first, with defence on both sides, until Eden broke away down the sidelines to score first with the conversion successful, Eden 10 Narooma 8.
With Narooma attacking Eden’s try line and solid defence it looked as though Narooma would score next, but Eden somehow dug deep, raced away and only a last ditched effort from Lilly saw the Tigers stopped only inches from the try line with the Devil Chix scrambling back to the line Eden scored next to the posts, Eden 14 Narooma 8.
The rush was on with only seven minutes to go, Narooma worked in Eden’s thirty metre line and a last tackle run from Lilly down the right side and a right foot step, Devils score under the posts, conversion successful from Nyeasha, 14-all.
With two minutes left in the game and extra time looming, Eden found something deep and scored to win the grand final 20-14.
Great effort girls on making it through to the grand final girls.