Glen Innes Celts 17s bow out

DEFENCE: Rory Bryant and Mitch Duddy close in on a Roosters player. Photo: Sarah Dadd.
DEFENCE: Rory Bryant and Mitch Duddy close in on a Roosters player. Photo: Sarah Dadd.

The Glen Innes Celts finished their inaugural under 17 AFL North West season on Saturday with preliminary final loss. The Celts took on a tough Tamworth Roosters outfit and were bettered 29.17-191 to 5.6-36.

The 17s side hadn't hit the field in a number of weeks with opposing teams forfeiting.

"They enjoyed getting on the field, the boys, they were keen to have a go bit it was a bit hard, missing three weeks of football, and it showed," co-coach Glenn McConnell said.

Despite missing out, McConnell and fellow coach Barney Beatty were proud of their first season.

"But there was a lot of positives out of it, they all played hard, tried hard all game and a lot of the boys came off smiling even after getting beaten pretty convincingly," McConnell said.

"I am really rapt with the season because I didn't even think we would win a game but we won a game, we were competitive in a few of the games.

"They all just grew as a team, it was awesome.

"Some of these boys have never played the game before, and in the last game they started working out what they had to do so it is really good for next year.

"We only lose two players next year because they are too old but the rest of them are all still right to play."

In another coup for the Celts, under 14 player Greg Sieber received the AFL North West's Coaches Award.