Saturday saw the Yarroweyah under 14s notch their first win for the season, defeating Berrigan at the Kenny Rd oval.
With good numbers attending training all season, the Wes Sutton-coached team has shown steady improvement in the past six weeks producing some quality football against finals-bound teams before an 80-point turnaround from an earlier season defeat sealed victory against Berrigan.
From the outset the onball brigade of Brody Tenney, Hugh Sutton, Jye Ellis and Hunter Goodin stepped up to challenge their Berrigan counterparts.
They displayed a will to succeed and were strong in the contests to allow forwards Mac Soule, Lachie Cassise and Maddix Clarke first look at the ball.
Small forwards Blake Humphries, Will Simpson and Tyler Harris added forward pressure.
The Hoppers’ defence — led by Connor Langshaw and Tom Oliver and assisted by Nathan Wallace, Harry Spicer, Riley Webb and Luke Goodin — locked down its opponents, limited Berrigan’s ability to score and often transitioned the ball forward to wingmen Ethan Brooks and Krue Lucas.
Interchange rotations also allowed Lachie Laffin, Thomas Backhouse, Tommi Wallace and Choice Lucas to have an impact on the game at certain stages.
In all, it was a great win by the young Hoppers, showing that a good team effort and good solid training can lead to success and confidence, and hopefully another win or two by season’s end.
The win was supported by parents, players and club people with the rooms filled by spectators as the boys belted out the club song.
Sutton said he was pleased with his team’s progress.
‘‘It was euphoria at its peak with the win,’’ he said.