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Roos answer call

Thursday, 2nd May, 2013

West’s Heath Harris gets a handball away in last night’s under 18s game against South. (Inset) Mitch Henderson under pressure. West’s Heath Harris gets a handball away in last night’s under 18s game against South. (Inset) Mitch Henderson under pressure.

By Darrin Manuel

The scoreboard may have been ugly, but for the first time this season South's under 18 players and their coaches had something to smile about.

Last night the Roos cobbled together 14 players to avoid successive forfeits, and put in a spirited performance despite being outnumbered at almost every contest.

The Robins triumphed by 142 points in a clinical display, but South coaches Michael Westley and Arlen Bird said they were happy just to see two teams take the field.

"It's just great to see the boys get out and get a team together," said Westley.

"It's good for us (as coaches), but it's mainly good for them... now the boys who are interested can get out there and play a game."

Both coaches agreed that the scoreboard was of little concern, and applauded their players' efforts.

"We said before the game that we weren't worried about the result. The scoreboard is not an issue," said Westley.

"It's all about the boys having fun and just being able to enjoy a game.

"And the pressure from some of the guys in the backline who haven't played before was pretty good.

"We couldn't ask anything more from them."

The sight of the South boys on the field was also welcomed by AFLBH chairman, Peter Nash.

"It's a step in the right direction; the footy club as a whole is trying their best and hopefully with school holidays finishing they'll pick up a few more players," he said.

"South will get better, and they weren't disappointed out there - there was a lot of good banter amongst the players, they were having fun.

"And West weren't arrogant about it either, they were trying to share the ball around a bit.

"South just being out there is a good outcome for all clubs."

In the late game North recorded a comfortable 53 point win over Central.

Final scores: West: 22.18 (150) def South: 1.2 (8) North: 12.13 (85) def Central: 4.8 (32)

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