A brave showing by Blues youngsters
TWEED-Coolangatta Australian Rules Club played one of their first junior home games of the season at the weekend - taking on the mighty Southport at Len Peak Oval, Kirra. And while it wasn't the best weekend against the powerhouse club of the Gold Coast Junior Australian Rules competition - Blues club president Peter Damaskinos said it was still looking to be a good season for Tweed-Coolangatta. "We have an under nine team and full squads in the under-12 and under-14s competition," he said. "We are probably still looking for a couple of players in the under- 16s but our Northern Rivers teams are full." He said they could probably benefit more work being done in schools at this end of the coast but numbers were still good. In the past six year's Coolangatta has proven a cradle for the AFL, producing three players who have gone on to the top flight - David Hale (Kangaroos), Sam Gilbert (St Kilda) and Wade Mills (Brisbane). Damaskinos said the teams aren't worried about their losses to Southport at the weekend. "The teams will bounce back," he said. In the Under-12s, Tweed went down to Southport 11-9-74 to 6- 6- 42. In the under-14s, Tweed went down to Southport 13-12 (90) to 0- 6- (6). The 16s also saw Southport finish too strongly, beating the home team 28-15-183 to 1-4 (10).