Young Coutas snare a long-awaited flag
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.”