The Moree Suns didn’t come away with the result they wanted in the AFL North West juniors grand final on Saturday but it wasn’t all doom and gloom.
There was a number of aspects from the game coach Eric Faulkner was encouraged by as the Suns went down 13.21 (99) to 3.2 against Inverell.
“They played it out really well,” Faulkner said.
“It’s always tough when you have 16 on 22.
“They put a few goals on us in that first quarter which was always going to be tough catching up.
“They did exactly what we planned to do.
“But the boys, it was good for them to fight it out like they did to the very last kick.”
The most promising thing to take from the game was the potential, Faulkner said.
“I’m very proud of what they did and the commitment and when they get a few more boys next year, hopefully we’ll be here again and go home with the cup,” he said.
“Ninety per cent of these boys will stay in this age group and I think there’s five or six of them that are at the real younger end of the age group as well.
“Keep this group together and they’ll have lots of premierships to come.”
The first quarter of the game set up the win for Inverell.
The Saints kicked six goals in the opening term to Moree's one to open up a 34-point buffer at the first break.
No goals were scored in the second quarter before Inverell snagged another three in the third and kept Moree scoreless.
The final term was a closer affair as Moree managed to kick another two majors but the Saints were able to kick four to close out the 79-point victory. William Caccianiga, Daniel Brown and John Montgomery kicked goals for Moree.