NWJFL. A wet, wintery day last Sunday saw the final roster match for the North West Football League junior competition.
The U16 team had a fantastic win at home in extreme conditions with some of the smaller boys suffering from mild hypothermia symptoms.
Brodey Brown was the Saints’ best, continually leading from the front and racking up countless possessions in his team’s three-point win over Penguin.
Lewis Nicholls was solid at centre half back displaying fantastic skills in very trying conditions and Joe Doust was outstanding winning a lot of inside footy.
Josh “Milney” Kay kicked three of his team’s six goals while Cameron Shiel chipped in with two.
Coach Stafford Heres was impressed with the way the young Saints have improved during the year.
“It was a great team effort by all the lads and a great way to finish the season.”
The U14s were not so fortunate going down to Penguin by just five points.
“We had our chances in front of goal and didn’t use them which cost us the game,” coach Woody French said.
“With Penguin having the wind in the last quarter it was going to be hard to hold them off, being a 3-4 goal advantage and a few things went their way, we couldn’t have done much more”
Ryan Nibbs, Mason Chatwin and Harry Kay were among the Saints’ best; Kay also kicked two goals as did Brae Gardner.
French was full of praise for his young charges. “Over the year we have come a long way from where we started, there is so much talent among these boys,” he said. “I personally can’t wait to see them mature into great footballers for Smithton Saints.”