Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Vera Ber­tola

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.

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