Fi­nals’ moun­tain too high to climb

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

THE Bel­mont Ju­nior Soc­cer Club Un­der 16s fought bravely in their sec­ond grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance, but lost to the Kelm­scott Roos 1-3 at Spearwood on Sun­day.

The boys were down 3-0 at half time, af­ter con­ced­ing two goals in five min­utes and los­ing their cap­tain to in­jury.

Coach Martin Con­nolly said they bossed the sec­ond half, but left them­selves with too big a moun­tain to climb.

“It was a great ef­fort and our cap­tain re­turned dur­ing the sec­ond half and played on de­spite his in­jury,” he said.

“When the dust and dis­ap­point­ment set­tles we can look back on a great sea­son and reach­ing the last two grand fi­nals against Kelm­scott.”

He was proud of the Un­der-16 team reach­ing the fi­nal af­ter com­ing from be­hind to beat Olympic 2-1 af­ter los­ing 1-0 at half-time in the semi-fi­nals on the pre­vi­ous week­end.

The day ended on a bright note af­ter the club held its windup to cel­e­brate a stel­lar sea­son at its Miles Park clu­b­rooms, at­tended by al­most 300 chil­dren, sib­lings and par­ents.

As well as tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tions, there was plenty of fun ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a bouncy cas­tle, face painter, bal­loon artists, zorb soc­cer and a ju­niors ver­sus com­bined par­ents and coaches team.

The re­sult was an “honourable draw”. The ju­niors team com­prised young­sters aged 6-16, in­clud­ing eight play­ers from the grand fi­nal side.

Top: Par­ents and coaches line up for their game against Bel­mont ju­niors dur­ing the club’s wind-up on Sun­day. Below: Gal­lant Bel­mont Un­der 16 play­ers re­ceive their medals af­ter com­pet­ing in the grand fi­nal against Kelm­scott.

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