Nerimbera named 2009 club champion

ROY Benson had hoped to coach his Nerimbera team to the finals of the 2009 Capricornia League and possibly have a shot at picking up the prestigious Wesley Hall Cup.

It wasn't to be as his side needed to collect points from its final two games, both at home, to make it through.

A draw and a loss was not enough and Nerimbera had to settle for a place just outside the top four.

The disappointment for Benson has been sweetened as his beloved Nerimbera collected an award that made all his, and other club workers, hours of hard work worthwhile.

Nerimbera was named by Rockhampton Football as the “2009 Club Champion”.

“It's an award that encompasses first, second, third and women's teams,” he said.

“I think it is a very important award as it gives an indication of the depth in a club.”

Benson said the club had slumped in 2008 and to be named the Club Champion was an indication things were back on track.

The coach said some of the players in the club's first team had started to doubt themselves but might now have come to the opinion they could succeed.

“I think with the talent we had this year we could have done even better,” Benson added.

“Some teams only beat us this year because they had better fitness.

“If the players see that then they can take something from it and correct it.

“This year we played some very good soccer.”

Benson said all the older players stood up while young midfielder Zech O'Rourke was a stand-out.

Benson has decided he will not apply for the head coaching job at Nerimbera for 2010 even though he believes the club is in a good position to continue improvement and also because it is a big year for the club.

“We need somebody to take the club the next step but there will be a bit of pressure on them as it is our centenary year,” he said.

Benson said the highlight for the year was the improvement made by both the men's first and second division teams.

The second division side was minor premier after a less than spectacular campaign in 2008.

As always the Nerimbera Magpies women's team was strong, taking out the minor premiership again.

Benson said although the Club Champion award does not take into consideration the performance of junior teams, the club is still well represented in that area with quality coaches throughout the grades.

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