Spillane leads way for Ferrets Wrestling
THE Tweed's Fighting Ferrets wrestling team wrapped up its season with some outstanding results at the Hornsby/Ku-rin-gai Police Youth Club championships on the weekend.
Captain Pat Spillane was unlucky not to snare five gold medals for the season after he was beaten by Australian champion Harkin Er for the 58-kilogram division gold at Hornsby.
Spillane put in a sterling effort to lose on points to Er and his silver medal gave him a tally of six medals for the year.
In the same division, the Ferrets' Brendan Johns took the bronze medal after double-elimination falls to Spillane and Er.
Ferrets coach Ron Jones said the two were the only Tweed representatives at the titles due to lack of funds, injuries and other commitments.
Spillane's gold medals were at the Sutherland Cup, the Hornsby Cup, the State titles and the Northern Districts titles. He also took bronze in the Lake Illawarra Shield.
After last weekend's titles, he was rewarded with a special trophy for his seasonwinning four gold medals, a silver and bronze medal.
The Ferrets' Tyler Watts was presented with a trophy for being most consistent with his first-up fourth, a third and second for the season and a season-winning gold medal at the Northern Districts tournament.
Watts was unable to travel to Hornsby as he was attending his brother's wedding and Jones said he was unlucky only to have won four medals this season.
Justin McDonald also was unable to compete due to an injured knee and was presented with an encouragement award for his gold and two silver medals for the season.