Springfield team sets amazing standard in junior footy
WHAT constitutes a good season for a junior team?
Winning half your games, three quarters of your games or maybe the grand final?
In the case of the Springfield Black under 13 side it was an undefeated season of 12 games, a semi-final win and a comprehensive victory in the grand final.
Not only did the team go through undefeated but it scored a mammoth 614 points and only conceded a meagre four points in the regular season.
The team received a scare in the first semi before winning 22-16 but really turned it on in the grand final winning 36-6.
Stars for the season included leading try-scorer Rickson Aliva, who crossed the line 24 times, Montana Aiona (22 tries) and leading point-scorer Kaydus Tulemau, who kicked a phenomenal 67 goals.
A Grade: Goodna v Fassifern - This clash was supposed to be a close affair after a nailbiting win to the Eagles in the semi-final. But it didn't turn out that way.
Goodna started fast and kept the Bombers at a safe distance for the entire game. The Eagles forwards namely Rez Phillips, Zac Lemberg and Ramon Filipine led from the front which enabled the flying Ray Baira to have his best game of the year. The end result was a comfortable win for the Goodna Eagles who went back-to-back. A three-peat is on the cards.
Reserve Grade: Brothers v Goodna - The two best teams all year met in this clash with the Bretheren prevailing with a quality first half of football. Matt Bell had a huge game in the middle while Zac Sutton had a blinder out wide. Brothers played disciplined football and a structured approach plus a game plan that the players executed to-a-t.
Goodna were best served by the three Oloitoa brothers who brought them back into the game in the second half but it was Brothers who now have a mortgage on the Reserve Grade premiership.
U19s: West End v Norths - The colts clash was always going to be a tough encounter and the boys from West and Norths didn't disappoint. The Tigers had a huge amount of ball in the first half but the Bulldogs' rock-solid defence went a long way to helping them win this clash.
West End were down at halftime but the Bulldogs forwards made the second half their own with a dominant performance, winning the first premiership for the club in 10 years.
The Tigers had some standouts with Jackson Weir-White doing a mountain of work in the middle and half Jesse Zampech looking dangerous but it was the Bulldogs who lifted the trophy.
HERO of the week: Wasn't it great for all you Richmond Tiger fans (me included), to finally witness a great victory in a semi-final. Can we dare to dream of a premiership?
Villain of the week: We have a tie between two losing, whining coaches in Trent Barrett and Shane Flanagan The referees didn't lose you the games. Your players that missed tackles, made poor options and made the huge amount of errors did.
Bomber's best: I put the kiss of death on the Sea Eagles and the Sharks with both losing.
This week, my beloved Eels should account for the Cowboys and move one step closer to a grand final appearance.
Who am I?
I played Bulimba Cup for Ipswich and also refereed the 1974 IRL grand final. I also ran the line in the Australia-Great Britain Test of the same year. I loved coaching junior, which I did for nearly 15 years.
Last week's answer: Rodney Biggs.