Members of the North Coffs under-12 junior AFLteam celebrate their grand final victoiry over Sawtell  at the Showground on Sund
Members of the North Coffs under-12 junior AFLteam celebrate their grand final victoiry over Sawtell at the Showground on Sund

Roos hop over Saints

YOUNGSTERS completed their junior AFL seasons in the grand finals at the Coffs Harbour Showground on Sunday.

The Under 12 match between Sawtell Saints and North Coffs Roos started evenly in the first quarter between the two top teams in the competition with the Roos leading 4-2 at quarter time.

In the second quarter the more experienced North Coffs combination took control and ran away with the game 11-13-79 to 0-3-3.

Coach Mark Close and captain Darcy Homan were very proud as they held up the Brett Upfield Shield as this was the first junior AFL premiership for North Coffs.

For the Roos Jack Murat was best on ground kicking five goals with other leading players being Darcy Homan, Ryan Johnstone, Josh Helm and David Harcombe in a great team effort.

It was a tough lesson for the young Saints but with most of the team staying together in the Under 12's for next season they can look forward to a promising future.

Best players for Sawtell were Paddy Gillingham, Damien Thompson, Ayden Baloh, Zak Challinor and Tyler Partland.

n Minor premiers, Coffs Swans under-14s, started strongly with a goal in the first minute with Sawtell replying shortly after.

The first quarter continued as an arm wrestle with the ball travelling to both ends of the ground.

At quarter time Sawtell led 9-7.

In the second quarter the Swans took control in the wet and slippery conditions through good ball movement and kicking to players in space.

It looked as though the momentum had shifted in favour of the Swans and they went to the major break leading by 10 points.

The young Saints came out in the third quarter and increased their intensity at every contest and were rewarded with two goals however, Coffs Swans responded the regain the lead with some great play.

Sawtell countered with a goal to take a two point lead into the last change.

The final quarter continued to be a struggle and only one point separated them for much of the quarter.

The Swans kicked truly for an excellent snap shot and the Saints responded within minutes to maintain a slender lead.

As the weather dried up suddenly the Saints began to hit targets and running the ball they held on to win by eight points 5-8-38 to 4-6-30.

Dylan Burkitt fro Sawtell was awarded best on ground for an outstanding game.

Dylan was well supported by all of his team mates and particularly Jack Gillingham, Beau Matthews, Daniel Crossley, Ben Moffatt, Simon Taylor and Jarryd Autry-Hall.

Best for Coffs Swans were Jack Fuller and Sam Turner.

Sawtell Saints will also field an under 16 team next year for the first time in their short history.

We hope to commence training early in February so any players interested in being part of our new team for 2006 please call Tony on 6653 1045.

From the outset Bellingen under-16s took control of the game and the result was never in doubt.

Many of the Bellingen players have been together for five and six years and is was great for many of them to finish their last year of junior AFL this way and win the Woodlock Shield.

They have been clearly the best team all season and their win was well deserved.

To their credit Coffs Swans never gave up trying and they have achieved much this season.

Pat Myles from Bellingen was awarded best on ground with Tristan McCormick, Will Power and Luke Poultney among other good players.

For the Swans Jeremy Ward, Rowan Coote and Matthew Johnson had good games.

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