Giants stomp on Toormina
By MITCHELL DALE
TOORMINA Public School's quest to become the top AFL side in the State fell at the final hurdle on Monday against a team of giants from the Riverina. However, the Toormina lads are pretty happy to be the second best Primary School side in NSW. Toormina comfortably beat Tathra Public School from the South Coast in the semi-final, but were unable to overcome the tall timbers from Finley PS in the final. Toormina coach Dean Burkitt said his side found the going tough in the final, but never threw the towel in. "Finley were huge, fair dinkum they were absolute giants," Burkitt said. "I think a couple of our boys were a bit reluctant to play them because they were so big. "But they came out firing in the first quarter and were only behind by one point at the break. "They stayed in touch in the second quarter and kept Finley to one goal in the third quarter." But that was where the experienced Finley side literally kicked clear. "We basically ran out of legs in the last quarter and they kicked about six or seven in the last," Burkitt said. "A lot of it came down to experience and the Finley boys have grown up playing Aussie rules. "For a side with a non-AFL background, I think we did really well. "Finley would have been pretty confident they would win it, but even their coach admitted he was pretty concerned untill after half time." Burkitt believes Toormina played its best game of footy in the semi-final win over Tathra. Toormina had a host of stars over the two games, including Nathan Parkin, Parla Pearce, Robbie Garrett, Dylan Burkitt, Julian Nix, Adrian Nix, Ethan Kelly, Codey Moran, Jonathon Jones and Luke Roberts.