UNDER-12 COMETS SOAR TO HISTORIC FINALS VICTORY
ST CLAIR Comets under-12 division one team has finally broken through for its maiden grand final win.
The players claimed the title on their third consecutive attempt over respected archrivals St Marys Saints.
As with all close rivalries, the decider went down to the wire before the Comets prevailed 18-10.
The boys’ commitment and hard work has earned them a nomination in the Junior Sports Star team spirit category.
Coach Ben Hutchings said the accolade was well-deserved.
“It was our third consecutive year against the Saints – that team has been the benchmark since the under-6s – and our win was a combination of hard work and enthusiasm,” Hutchings said. “And yes, self-belief.”
The coach said the self-belief kickstarted after the Comets finished fourth in the competition – every ensuing game was an elimination.
“We faced elimination throughout the finals,” Hutchings said. “We defeated Minchinbury, Windsor, scrapped in 14-12 over minor premiers Glenmore Park then faced the Saints in the grand final.
“As we got closer to the final, our self-belief kicked.”
Hutchings said an admirable quality of the Comets under-12s was their sportsmanship.
The team is now preparing for the Battle of the West tournament on September 18.
The Junior Sports Star is sponsored by Rebel and Fox Sports Pulse sponsors the Team Spirit.