It was a tough season for the Gundagai Tigers under 16s Sullivan Cup side, with a disjointed draw that had six byes only made worse when the Group 9 season ended early due to the Covid-19 state-wide lockdown.
Still, coach Chris Bell paid tribute to a young side that was made up of a lot of under 15s players stepping up in age due to not having a team of their own.
“They went alright. We had a few young 15s players come up. Four or five of them, so that made it harder on the under 16s players, but everything came good in the end,” Bell said.
“I have to give a lot of credit to those 15s for jumping up an age group and playing hard and same to the under 16s who helped them, and eventually they all gelled together and started playing some good footy.”
Bell, who was in his first year of coaching, said it was tough at times without a lot of consistent rugby league on offer.
“With the Covid-19 stuff and not having a lot of teams, we didn’t get to play a lot of footy,” Bell said.
“It was my first-time coaching, and it was a good experience for me, but it would have been better to see the boys play a bit more.”
The Tigers juniors were led by Eddie Brooke, who in Bell’s eyes, was the only logical choice for the best and fairest award.
“Eddie Brooke was a well-deserved best and fairest winner,” Bell said.
“Even at training and games, he just put in and he was everything to that side.”
Benji Hannah took out the Lui Polimeni Memorial coaches award.
Sullivan Cup 2021
Best and Fairest – Eddie Brooke.
Players Player – Riley McDonald.
Lui Polimeni Memorial Coaches Award – Benji Hannah.
Most Improved – Will Murphy.
Best Back – Cody Bell.
Best Forward – Cooper Bethune.