Mixed results for Junior Devils on grand-final day

Coach Brendan Constable with the victorious under 10s side.
Coach Brendan Constable with the victorious under 10s side.

The Narooma Devils Junior Rugby League Club sent four teams to the Group 16 Minor Rugby League grand final in Bega over the weekend following a very strong season for the club.

The results of this season are a testament to the strong culture of the club, and the hard work put in by players, coaches, families, supporters, volunteers, and trainers alike.

The results were mixed for the Devils, as only one of the four sides won the premiership.

The unders 10s took the field first, and they brought their A-game in a big win over the Batemans Bay Tigers.

The Devils were too strong from the outset, dominating every aspect of the game in a 40-12 win to take home the premiership. Congratulations to the team and their coach Brendan Constable.

The under 12s match up saw the Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs defeat the Bega Roosters 28-18, while the Devils’ Mod League Tag team faced the Bega Chicks in a tough game, going down 26-6.

They missed out on the premiership this year, but coach Kate’s She-Devils were awarded the Harold Dixon Memorial Award for having the best percentage. This is very special shield with a lot of history, and the Narooma team are very worthy recipients with 534 points scored and only 104 against this season. Congratulations girls!

In the Under 14s, the Bega Roosters defeated the Batemans Bay Tigers 18-14 in a very close game that went to golden try. A lot of these boys will be heading to Dubbo next weekend to represent Group 16 in the 2018 Country Rugby League Carnival.

The Junior Devils will be well represented in both the under 14s team and the under 15s team with Michael Longbottom, Curtis Jack, Mitchell Swadling, Kurt Zideluns and Riley Breust all selected.

The Devils’ International League Tag team gave it everything in their grand final against the Bombala Pink Heelers, but they unfortunately came up short in a 4-0 heartbreaker.

Credit is due to the girls and their coaching crew of Graham Dawson, Sean Jorgensen, and Georgie Brown for the hard work they put in to training every week and their ‘never say die’ attitude.

The final game of the day saw Coach Craig Swadling’s under 16s go head-to-head with the Bega Roosters.

It wasn’t the result they were looking for though, as they went down 28-16 to a strong Roosters side. The boys were disappointed after the final whistle, but should all be proud of how well the played against tough competition this year.

The Junior Devils will hold their presentation day on November 10 at Club Narooma at 11am, to be followed by the committee AGM.

The club would like to thank everyone involved in what has been a very successful season, and are looking forward to a well-earned rest before planning begins on season 2019. Go the Devils!

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