Young Coutas snare a long-awaited flag

Geelong Advertiser - - FOOTY FIX - Bell Post Hill play­ers cel­e­brate their re­serves grand fi­nal win over Thom­son on Satur­day. GOALS: Bell Post Hill — Thom­son — LUKE MCCUL­LOUGH COLTS BEST: Bell Post Hill — Thom­son — Pic­tures: ALI­SON WYND

QUEEN­SCLIFF Colts coach Paul Forbes said Satur­day’s Colts premier­ship was re­ward for a sea­son of im­mense ef­fort af­ter his play­ers claimed lon­gawaited un­der-18 sil­ver­ware.

Forbes said he was blown away with his side’s ef­forts through­out the whole year as his young Coutas claimed the di­vi­sion three crown, 6.5 (41) to 3.4 (22), over Drys­dale at St Al­bans Re­serve.

The sides were only be sep­a­rated by two goals un­til three-quar­ter-time in the evenly fought, low-scor­ing game.

But the Coutas held firm in the fi­nal term, in­creas­ing their lead with two goals to one to snuff out any chances of Drys­dale sal­vaging glory.

Queen­scliff’s Sam Grun­dell kicked two ma­jors as cap­tain Fraser Richards edged out Darcy Con­lan for the best on ground award.

“They (Drys­dale) were su­per,” Forbes said.

“We knew how hard they were go­ing to be, this is our fifth game against them (this year).”

“I was com­fort­able with how we started our game, I thought our in­ten­sity for the whole four quar­ters was re­ally good and we just were re­ally solid all day.

“It was just a re­ally con­tested game of footy.”

The premier­ship was made all the more re­mark­able, given where the Coutas team had come from.

Forbes said the group strug­gled to round up enough play­ers to prop­erly fill a team at the start of the year.

“The start of the year, we had 17 kids and we had to find others and they got their mates down,” Forbes said.

“We got a group to­gether and then we got one who could com­pete and win a flag ... it’s a great ef­fort from the boys re­ally, they’re bril­liant.

“It’s been such a con­sis­tent sea­son.

“We had some re­ally tough losses in grad­ing, but you get those be­cause they want to see where you’re at. To re­ally put the sea­son to­gether in the way we have in un­real.

“Our fi­nals se­ries, I mean, these guys (Drys­dale) knocked us off two weeks ago.

“To bounce back from that is un­real.

“We might lose a few (Colts play­ers next year) be­cause we won’t get any up, but we might have to look around for a few play­ers.”

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