Junior Goats impress coaches after victory over Brothers
GOATS' under-13 coach Troy Morris said his young charges were not only learning the basics of the game, but the team structures as well.
Such rugby union education is the reason why the Goats are a powerhouse at senior level and Morris said it was a good environment for young players to get involved with.
"It's an overall good competition for us to get a team in Gladstone," Morris said.
"It's pleasing the way we play the game and how they are holding their structure."
This comes on the back of a 62-10 win against Rockhampton Brothers and Morris added that the whole Gladstone junior comp was thriving.
"Both the 17s and 13s are contenders in the finals and the 15s need just a bit of continuity in the players," Morris said.
"We have 17s rep players in the junior gold program."
Morris played first grade in Sydney, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast but juniors is where it's at now.
"There's nothing more pleasing than giving back to the juniors," Morris said.
His Rocky counterpart Stephen Sullivan said his team showed great heart despite most of the players being a year younger in the competition.
"It's been a tough year and most our boys are 12 years against 13-year-olds," Sullivan said.
That is no deterrent for the man they call "Sully".
"They just keep rocking up and I keep coaching them because they enjoy participating and they have all developed and are improving each week," Sullivan said.
Sullivan's soldiers take on Colts next Saturday.
U13: GRUFC Goats 62 d Rockhampton Brothers 10.
THIS SATURDAY'S MATCHES @ EMMAUS COLLEGE FIELDS
U17: Prelim Final - 1ST v 4TH @ 4.45pm; 2nd v 3rd @ 6pm.
U15: Frenchville/Colts v GRUFC @ 3.30pm.
U13: Frenchville v GRUFC @ 2.30pm.