DOUBLE TROUBLE: Best on ground Fletcher Russell (left) embraces teammate Mason Staas, who kicked seven goals in the Tigers’ 26-point grand final win over Whitsunday.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Best on ground Fletcher Russell (left) embraces teammate Mason Staas, who kicked seven goals in the Tigers’ 26-point grand final win over Whitsunday.

Touching goodbye for talented young Tiger

BAKERS Creek Under-14s vice-captain Fletcher Russell got the perfect send-off last weekend, when he was named best on ground in the Tigers’ grand final victory.

The boys from Etwell Park defeated Whitsunday Sea Eagles 9.5-59 to 5.3-33 at Harrup Park.

Russell was everywhere in the final. Bakers Creek coach Joshua Rubira said the game was won and lost in midfield and it was there that Russell did his best work.

“We had four in the midfield that stood up and did their job,” Rubira said.

“The centre clearances put a lot of pressure on (the Whitsunday) defence.”

The coach admitted he was concerned he would not be able to field a team at the start of the season, but with the help of some U12s players the Tigers quickly became a force in the age group.

“I had five U12s that backed up from their grand final the game before (to play),” he said.

“It’s been like that the whole year. This group, they’ve become really good mates and all gelled together well. Midway through the year I knew they were in with a shot.”

Competition leading goalkicker Mason Staas proved he could do it on the big stage as well, with a massive bag of seven goals to his name.

Russell, who will leave for Toowoomba on a cricket scholarship over the summer, thanked the club and his teammates for making his three years of Aussie rules in Mackay so enjoyable.

“It’s unexplainable what I’m feeling,” the youngster said.

“Bakers is just like a family. Everyone knows each other at the club. We had heaps of supporters here so it was good to kick a few goals in front of the crowd.”



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