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Celtic player in cup win

Monday, 10th September, 2018

Hamish Inglis (back row, fourth from left) and his Riverina Rhinos teammates after winning the Under 18 NPL title on Saturday. PICTURE: Supplied Hamish Inglis (back row, fourth from left) and his Riverina Rhinos teammates after winning the Under 18 NPL title on Saturday. PICTURE: Supplied

By Tyler Hannigan

Local soccer young gun Hamish Inglis has added another piece of silverware to his collection after helping the Riverina Rhinos to the Under 18 NPL Capital title over the weekend.

The Rhinos finished second on the ladder but lost the qualifying final to Belconnen United, forcing them to face Gungahlin in the preliminary final which they won 2-1 which set up a rematch with Belconnen in the grand final.

Riverina were able to reverse the qualifying final result to take a 1-0 victory to claim the title. 

Inglis, who plays for Celtic locally, made eight appearances through the season and scored one goal for the Rhinos who are based in Griffith, NSW, but take part in the ACT-based competition.

Inglis and his family would routinely make the 1200km round trip to and from Griffith for the home games but for the grand final in Canberra it was a round trip of about 2000km.

Despite the tough travel schedule, Inglis said it was all worth it after Saturday’s success.

“It (the grand final win) was really amazing,” Inglis said. 

“I was privileged to be part of the moment, let alone winning the grand final. All the travel was definitely worthwhile. It was just great to be a part of this moment.”

Inglis admits that he wouldn’t have been able to be a part of the team without a number of people’s help.

“I’d like to thank Doug McKenzie who gave me this opportunity by offering me the chance to play, as well as the rest of the coaching staff and team,” he said. 

“And lastly, my family, in particular my father who deserves the winner’s medal as much as I do because he was the one who drove me the whole way, and supported me throughout this experience.”

The time with the Rhinos has certainly made him a better-rounded player according to Inglis.

“It has definitely improved (my game),” he said. 

“I’ve had to learn to be much more defensive as well as a lot quicker on the ball as the games are very fast moving.”

Inglis is a well-rounded sportsman, playing A Grade tennis and Under 18s football for the Central Magpies while also being one of the Celtic Cougars main players in spite of his age.

Celtic will take on St Joes next Sunday for a spot in the A Grade final.

“Of course, that would be great (to win),” Inglis said. “But it’s going to be very tough against two strong teams of St Joes and West if we were to make it (to the grand final).”

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