Proud Pan­thers bow out

Biloela run comes to end but club pleased with ef­fort

Central Telegraph - - SPORT - Zhanae Con­way-Dodd Zhanae.Con­way-Dodd@cap­news.com.au

IT HAS been a sea­son filled with blood, sweat and tears for the Biloela Pan­ther un­der-20s side.

The Pan­thers strug­gled each week to field a team but they did their club proud, pro­gress­ing to the semi-fi­nals where they bat­tled Rock­hamp­ton Broth­ers for a spot in the grand fi­nal.

De­spite their best ef­forts, the Pan­thers went up­staged 20-6 by the home side.

Pan­thers club pres­i­dent Pat Bar­ron said while the re­sult was dis­ap­point­ing, it was a good game.

“It was a tough game but the boys made barely any mis­takes, it was a great game to watch,” he said.

“Broth­ers are a strong side so to come out 6-all at half-time was a huge ef­fort.

“It was a chal­leng­ing game but the boys showed some great skill and team­work.”

Bar­ron said he was im­pressed with how the un­der-20s team had pro­gressed dur­ing the sea­son with a ma­jor­ity of the play­ers hav­ing to back up each week­end in the re­serve-grade and A-grade sides.

“The score doesn’t re­flect the game and the boys played fan­tas­tic and did the club proud, they all played awe­some foot­ball,” he said.

“A huge thanks to all the sup­port­ers once again ‘Bilo’ had the big­gest and loud­est crowd sup­port­ing our boys.”

This year was the Pan­thers’ third year in the un­der-20s com­pe­ti­tion and Bar­ron said the coach­ing and team­work was pay­ing off.

“They have done a great job and we look for­ward to watch­ing them do even bet­ter next year,” he said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

KNOCKED OUT: Some mem­bers of the Biloela Pan­thers un­der-20s side gather af­ter be­ing knocked out of the fi­nals race at the week­end.

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