A battle against St George brought out the Moree Boars’ strengths on Saturday.
The trial games between the under 18s and combined reserve and A-grade teams were a chance for players to test the waters before the season begins in earnest.
A-grade coach Ronald Prince was proud to see both old and new players giving their all in the face of possible failure.
The under 18s team came within a hair of victory, going down by just four points with a final score of 44-48. Both teams had their work cut out for them, playing 10 a side due to struggling numbers.
“We had a lot of good young kids that had trained really well and played really well on the day,” Prince said.
“It was good to see the young boys getting out there and having a run, particularly how hard they’ve been training as well,” he said.
Prince said despite their eventual defeat, the young team kept up the fight, and that the game was played in good spirits.
Their first time playing another team with the full rules, it was a chance for the Boars to test the standard.
It was good to see the young boys getting out there and having a run.Ronald Prince
Prince said the end result of the three 20 minute quarters was “really exciting”, and the local team showed they had the potential to succeed this year.
Due to limited numbers, A-grade combined with the reserves for a full on game with a 32-all finish.
“We had a few guys that hadn’t played footy in a few years,” Prince said.
“They went really well and it was a good chance for them to get back into footy.” He said it was also a good chance for the A-graders to begin to get back into shape for the season.
Prince said players returning after a break was good news for the club. He said the combined teams were a chance for the A-graders and reserve players to learn from each other.
“The boys that did go over played really well,” Prince said.
“We tried to set some stuff up and had some game plans that we all tried to work on and it didn’t kick in until the second half.”
Prince was pleased to see the Boars work as a team and put their long days of training into action.
He said the game was a good lesson in coming back from defeat.
“It’s a bit of a change in culture for some of the boys. Some of the guys were used to losing and dropped their head, but we dug our heels in and came back,” Prince said.