ON Saturday the U10s and U12s headed to Tathra, in a do or die game for that last final spot in the grand final.
The mighty U10s produced a nail biting game. The scores were all locked at 18 at full time. They then had to play golden point, but unfortunately the boys went down 22-18 to Merimbula. The boys played a great game and can be proud of their effort. Not just in the finals, but throughout the whole year.
The U12s were up against a determined Moruya side. It was another close game, with scores locked at 6 all at half time. However two more tries to Moruya after the break, ended the boys hopes of making it to the grand final. The boys were understandably shattered. However not all is lost from losing. If you can say you put in a 100 per cent on the day, if you left everything you had out there on the field, then you are already winners. You can live and learn and come back bigger and stronger next year.
Narooma is hosting the grand final this weekend. We would love to see you all down there to support our girl’s league tag team. They will be up against a hungry Eden side that were just beaten by Narooma in the major semi-finals. This will be a great game to watch.
Times are as follows:
9am - U10s
10am - U12s
11am - Girls Tag
12noon - U11s
1.15pm - U14s
2.30pm - U16s
Just a reminder that the presentation is on the September 20. This is the first Saturday of the school holidays. We hope to see all the kids and parents there.
U12s coaches report:
THE Narooma Devils U12s travelled to Tathra on the weekend to play in the Preliminary Finals against Moruya for a last ditch effort to make the grand final this coming weekend. The preparation through the week was fantastic, everyone understood that this was their last opportunity to play for a spot in the grand final which would have been a fitting end to what has been a successful year for this group in the regular season.
A big thank you to all the lads from the U14s side who came down and trained with these boys to help provide some real game training. The 14s played against the 12s to help the boys get their game structures set under the pressure of real defence.
Game day arrived and the nerves were evident but attitudes were positive and the boys were ready to get the job done.
The first half didn't disappoint, with both teams ripping into each other in the best spirit of junior rugby league. Our defence and attack was at its best and Moruya were also up to the challenge. Half time score 6-6.
The second half was a similar story, neither team was backing down but unfortunately fatigue caused a couple of cracks to appear in Narooma's game and Moruya were able to find the line to edge ahead.
The interchange bench was beginning to like a casualty ward waiting room, blood noses, sprained ankles and corked forearms were some of the many injuries that our trusty trainer, Mick Hill had to contend with during the game.
Nothing seemed to go Narooma's way towards the final minutes of the game.
Despite the best efforts of our halves to play some of their best footy for the season sending the ball wide on many occasions, the boys just couldn't find the line.
Moruya kept their noses in front and then in the final minute added the final blow with another try. Final score 18-6. Our lads were devastated but as always with this group showed great sportsmanship towards the Moruya boys who were too good on the day.
These boys executed their footy season with class and star quality, their comradely and mateships that developed throughout the season, plus their work ethic to achieve goals set at the beginning of the year has made me very proud.
A big thank you to Peter Zideluns for your fantastic support, Rye Dibden for your reliable contribution to these boys on game day and to our other senior club coaches, Paul Sweeney and Ross Griffiths for your support and advice throughout the season.
U10s coach’s report
WHAT a year it was for the U10s Devils side this year.
The team smashed their way through to the preliminary finals and unfortunately ended the year with a golden try loss. All boys showed great determination and skill all year, from my star all-rounders Jerrimiah Mason, Hayden Rapley and Jake Mikolic; and my big boys Tyrese Thomas, Michael Longbottom and Shaquil Colburn that proved hard to stop all year. My speedsters Oscar Newton and Phillip Davies who is also a top little tackler. Too my tough U9s that stepped up each week to become a valuable part of our team Brice Hastie, Byron Lonsdale Pattern and Kye Kelly, we would not have made it as far as we did without you boys, probably not even a side. Thank you to all the parents and families for getting the boys to training sessions and games, I know this isn't always easy. Thanks again boys, it was a pleasure coaching you all.