Youngsters create history
THE annual inter district Junior AFL fixtures were played on Sunday at Fripp Oval, Ballina between the Far North Coast and the North Coast.
Another perfect day on the Far North Coast provided the large crowd of spectators with a picture perfect day of junior football.
Enthusiasm, good skills and sportsmanship provided the spectators with entertaining games throughout the day.
All players both winners and losers can congratulate themselves on their sportsmanship on the day.
The results this year was a clean sweep for North Coast teams winning the U12's, U14's and U16's Mike Kenny Shields.
This is the first time in the five-year history of the representative fixture that this has occurred.
NORTH Coast dominated possession early in the first quarter however were unable to put any score on the board against a taller Far North Coast outfit.
The home side then began to control the ball and scored a goal and four behinds and were looking a real threat.
Late in the quarter North Coast scored a well deserved goal to reduce the deficit to 10-6 at the first change.
In the second quarter led by inspirational play by Levi Sands and Oscar Smith opened up the game for North Coast's running players and they took control of the game scoring five unanswered goals to lead 38 to 10 at half time.
North Coast scored 20 points to 3 in the second half to retain the Shield 8-10-58 to 1-7-13.
Oscar Smith with a powerful performance and five goals was awarded best on ground closely followed by Levi Sands, Darcy Homan, Patrick Gillingham, Kyle Smidt (one goal) and Ryan Johnstone in a great team performance.
Jason Robson scored two goals and coach Mark Close deserves much credit for melding this young side into a formidable outfit.
Many of the players will still be under 12s next year which will provide a solid foundation for the 2006 team.
FROM the opening bounce the intensity of the North Coast team was evident, they attacked the ball in numbers and were rewarded with four unanswered goals.
The Far North Coast was able to scramble two goals under pressure to still be in the game at quarter time.
From the second quarter on it was pretty much one way traffic with the North Coast kicking a further 11 goals to the Far North Coast one goal.
The combination of the North Coast tall players winning the ball in the air and providing quality ball for the smaller, faster players proving a major headache for the Far North Coast.
Best on ground Simon Taylor was steadfast in both defence and attack proving that the application of consistent skills and speed can overcome size.
In a team where all players stood out Dylan Burkitt, Jack Gillingham, Dylan Cameron and Thomas Haskew with captain Carl Leplaa among the best on the day.
The team not only showed competent individual football skills, but a great team game with support for all players.
The discipline the team showed is a credit to coach Dean Burkitt and all players will take their knowledge back to their clubs for all to benefit.
Final score North Coast 15-12-102 to Far North Coast 3-1-19.
IN the closest match of the day North Coast got off to a good start however Far North Coast were never far behind.
Both teams played excellent AFL showcasing many talented players.
In a great team performance North Coast ran out winners 9-11-65 to 6-8-44.
Best on ground was Fraser Duryea with Todd Matthews, Tristan McCormick, James Gale and Pat Myles some of the better players.
Far North Coast never gave up trying however were outclassed by a determined North Coast showing the benefits of a season of closely fought AFL in the local club competition.