2013 JUNIOR STATE CUP SUMMARY
Looking at all the teams performances from what was an atrocious wet and very muddy weekend.
Starting with Girls. The Under 14's made it thru to the Semi's only just going down to Manly. A team they beat convincingly earlier in the day. Watching that game, there was no doubt the girls struggled in their go forward. Nevertheless, they tried so hard to peg it back and never gave up. I have no doubts that this will make for a better team next year. Their defence was awesome over the entire weekend and that is a massive positive to take away with them looking at next year.
The little Under 10 Girls secured a spot in the Quarter Finals, only losing to Nelsons Bay 3-2.Keep in mind that the Bay scored first and thus secured victory on the first touchdown being worth 3 points. On a positve, the Girls remained undefeated!!! It was a super effort that had everyone watching. I cannot speak highly enough of these youngsters. They have potential to burn. Thru these couple of development years, they will ensure Muswellbrook stays a competitive force for years to come.
The Under 12 Girls made it thru to the Final 16 round of games, before going down to a very good Taree team 4-0. In the end, our girls finished 13th in the State. A huge effort seeing that there were 31 teams competing in their age group. The girls never gave up and tried very hard all weekend.
Briefly in other results, the Under 16 Girls needed to win against a strong Wallsend outfit in their final pool game on Sunday to make the final 16 draw. They tried so hard and played with fierce determination, but in the end came away with a very solid 2-2 draw. Their attacking and defensive skills improved with each game and Coach Ian Ingle was very proud of their fantastic efforts.The Girls came in a very credible 19th out of 30 teams. It was a great team effort and they were well supported by their parents and Grandparents.
The Under 10's and Under 12 Boys did it tough, but gave it their very best. It was the first big carnival for many of the lads and this experience will do them wonders. A huge wrap for both Mel McLennan and Hayden Dalgan-Fox. They dug deep for the kids and will no doubt be back for another tilt next season.
Luke Howards Under 14 Boys finished 18th out of 36 teams in the State. They compiled the same points as the cut for the final 16 teams, but their for and against percentage was only slightly inferior to two teams above them. Make no mistakes, this is a very good team. I was extremely impressed with their efforts. Luke for mine is a fantastic coach and in time, will take a team all the way. Let's hope it is these lads, they deserve it.
The 16 Boys were also only one drawn game away from a Quarter Final spot. They tried very hard. Looking at their final pool match against Taren Point where they led 3-0 and finished at 3-3 was certainly heartbreaking for everyone. I dont believe they copped too many 50-50 calls, but as was the case with nearly every Muswellbrook team. That was one thing that was consistent amongst the refereeing.
Finally, the Under 18 Boys. What can I say? As the Coach, it's tough to watch a team of extremely talented lads go thru a tournament without a win. Mind you, we scored 2 draws against 2 top teams. I still believe we were the better team in our 3-1 loss to Manly.(See above comment re: refs.) Nevertheless, I have to say that it was a disappointment. I could go all technical and narrow it down to a couple of areas as to why we didnt live up to expectations. But I will sum it up with this. Excluding a few boys that did give it their all. Our results were indicative of the attitude and efforts that were displayed towards training. Simple as that.
Overall, I cannot thank all of our officials enough, of every team for their efforts in looking after their players. Yes there are things to work on and changes to be looked at. But a big thank you to all the parents who trusted us to take their children away to represent Muswellbrook.
A massive thank you to the best bus drivers in the world. Tommy Galvin, Ross"Agro" Anelsark and Mr. Blue Eyes Geoff Harper.