Grammar under-12 nab first title

IT was a fabulous “first time” for the Grammar under-12 football side as it won an “A” Division grand final after losing just one game throughout the season.

Having won the minor premiership it went on to defeat Bluebirds White 5-0 in the grand final recently.

Cooper Blackwood set up the final win when he tapped home the opener in the sixth minute, following up on a shot parried by Bluebirds goalkeeper Darcy Grant.

Bluebirds defence did well to hold the Grammar strike force of Tyler Barnes and Zac Newman scoreless in the first spell and the team could have equalised just before the interval, when Jessiah Mann pounced on a fumble by Grammar goalkeeper Callum Chisholm, but the keeper recovered to save.

The second half started well for Grammar striker Zac Newman, who found space to race onto a through ball and slot home Grammar's second.

From there the game belonged to Grammar with Tyler Barnes scoring a third before Newman, who was later named Player of the Final, completed his hat-trick.

Bluebirds had a couple of late chances to score a consolation goal, but the Grammar defence held tight.

Grammar defence of Thomas Davidson, Brandon Barnes, Josh Byrne and Darcy Walmsley gave Bluebirds little space to work, and they were rock solid while the central midfield duo of Cooper Blackwood and Christian Bom dominated.

Zac Newman also added another accolade to his personal achievements in 2009, being chosen as the Rockhampton District Football Junior Player of the Year. Playing predominately as a striker or central midfielder Zac scored 35 goals from 17 games on the way to helping his team win the premiership.

Team coach Brett Newman said a number of players, who had previously played for other clubs, joined Grammar this season and added depth to the squad.

Grammar school, he said, had produced a lot of good players over the years, but had struggled to retain them once they reach the competitive age group of under 11.

He added that the 2009 results attained by the under 12s would hopefully make players realise they could play for Grammar and still be successful in the sport of football.

Grammar fielded five competitive and nine non-competitive football teams this season with the Under 12 boys and girls playing in the “A” Division final series. The girls were knocked out at the preliminary final stage.

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