Sawtell 17 boys best in state
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE moment the referees final whistle was blown, a massive celebration erupted as Sawtell Scorpions under 17s had realised a dream and grabbed the title of State Champions overcoming Arncliffe Aurora 2-1. Played in atrocious conditions, the Scorpions were all over there Sydney based opponents and thoroughly deserved their 2-0 lead at the break. Strikers Dale O'Connell and Daniel Clements were the scorers that had coach Greg Kenny confident at half time that Sawtell would win. "We probably should've been further in front and had another couple of goals," the proud coach said. "It was wet and slippery though and all the boys were sliding around." Arncliffe managed to grab a goal back half way through the second stanza of play to make for a tense finish to the contest. Nerves became a little more on edge only five minutes from time when Dale O'Connor was sent off for what Kenny described as two very soft bookable offences. "They were coming at us as you'd expect," Kenny said of the second half. "We were in front and they had nothing to lose." When the match ended, the rain stopped for a 15 minute window to allow all the Sawtell fans who made the trek to Valentine Sports Park to celebrate this unbelievable achievement. You could tell that the coach was bursting at the seams with pride about the team that he's been coach of for so long but he summed up his feelings about the boys rather simply. "I'm just rapt in the guys and the way they've performed all season."