The Coolum Breakers under-14 team overcame atrocious conditions last weekend to record their first win of the season – a fitting farewell to inaugural club member Josh Bamford.
Team manager Randall Maher sent in this report:
Sunday, finally a fine day though the ground was wet. It was our last game for two weeks because of the school holidays.
The Coolum Breakers had reason to play hard, committed football: our captain, inaugural club member Josh Bamford, was playing his last game for the club.
Over the previous couple of weeks, the players weren’t consistent enough and had fallen short of their potential, but last weekend the boys displayed commitment and support for their teammates right from the outset.
All players, from the backline to the forward line, were doing the job asked of them.
Coolum led going into the first break 2-2, restricting Maroochy to a scoreless quarter.
Maroochy started to get more of the ball in the second quarter, with the play going from end to end.
Coolum was still playing with commitment but knew the game was only going to get tougher.
At halftime, leading 4-6-30 to Maroochy 2-1-13, the Coolum boys were positive and excited that their long-awaited win could be around the corner.
The third quarter was a slog. The wet ground was taking its toll, the legs were starting to waver but everyone was still putting in.
Josh was playing the way your last game should be played – hard and committed, contesting everything. Coolum scored only one goal in the third quarter and kept Maroochy scoreless. The last quarter started evenly but the conditions were taking their toll. The boys were getting tired, with a couple of lazy options and sloppy play Maroochy posted two relatively soft goals.
To their credit, the boys regrouped and started to contest possession and show the same commitment they showed in the first three quarters. Best players were all over the ground. Fittingly, a special mention to Josh Bamford in his last game, leading from the front, hard and committed, playing the same way he has been playing since starting footy five years ago – a great captain’s knock.
Other ‘bests’ were Luke, Tyra, Liam, Joel and Corey. Goals: Luke 3; Jack and Sugar 1 each.
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