The Bathurst Bushrangers proved too strong for the Under 18 Saints on Saturday as they contested the Central West AFL preliminary finals.
The season-ending 60-15 result was a disappointing outcome for the Saints who never dropped their heads and toiled well throughout the game.
The Bushrangers got away to a strong start, and despite holding them to 28 points over the last two quarters, Young weren’t able to match their skilled opposition.
“They got away in the first quarter, but our boys never gave up,” coach Geoff Harmer said. “A lot of teams would drop their head after a first quarter like that in finals but they turned around and toiled well.”
Young was boosted by the addition of three Under 14 players in Rhys Minnick, Dylan James and Beau Harmer-Clark, who were led around the park by senior members of the team Brayden Harmer-Clark, Hamish Gledhill and Jaydn Pennell.
“They were full of beans and were in everything,” he said. “It was just a real proud, gutsy performance from the boys and I couldn't be prouder of them.
“As a coach that’s the kind of dedication you want from your team.”
Reflecting on the season Harmer hailed it a success across the 18s and women’s divisions.
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