Wheatmen claim victory at last
RUGBY UNION: Wheatmen pride beamed from players and supporters as the Dalby under-14 side received its redemption, finally holding the Berrick Barnes Shield.
Pulling off a convincing 52-10 grand final win over Saints at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Sunday, the U14s finished the season undefeated.
After falling just short in the grand final last year, coach Scott Cosgrove was proud to see the boys pull off an unblemished season.
"After not getting the job done properly last year, it was relieving and everyone was pretty happy with themselves,” he said. "They're all pretty awesome footy players but they're a great bunch of kids as well.”
Cosgrove said the boys were confident heading into the final and had a plan which worked well.
"We wanted to focus on our defence and we knew we had a lot of people in the back line that could score plenty of points if we just kept theirs to a minimum and that's pretty much what happened,” he said.
"The boys defended brilliantly only allowing them to score two tries as we came out 52-10 winners.
"It was pretty dominant as we were hoping it would be, there were no nerves.”
Cosgrove said every single player did their job with a team of exceptional individual football players who all knew the true meaning of team work.
He said the crowd support also made a big difference to the boys' morale going into the game.
"We were so grateful to have a huge contingent of Dalby supporters there to cheer us on... It means a lot to us to have this support of our senior club men and women.”
The grand final ends the teenage season for the year but Cosgrove is confident most of the boys will continue to wear blue and gold for a few more years.
"We should get a couple more years out of all of them hopefully if they're all keen to do it,” he said.