Gremlins stand tall despite 56-26 loss against Tenterfield
RUGBY LEAGUE: STANTHORPE Gremlins went down in their last Border Rugby League clash of the double-header rounds.
Tenterfield Tigers beat the Gremlins side 52-26 on Saturday.
Stanthorpe Senior Rugby League spokesman Paul Shatte said even though the Gremlins were young and inexperienced this year, it was still important to put a side into the competition to keep it alive.
"We said right from the start if we got a win that would be a bonus because they are just a bunch of young kids and they will be better for it next year for the experience of the game this year and hopefully they will stick with it and we'll be more competitive next year,” he said.
"We have persevered all year even when the times are tough.
"This year we struggled but we always maintained a side on the paddock.”
Shatte said the Gremlins were competitive for the majority of the game on Saturday but ran out of puff towards the end of the second half.
"It would have been nice to finish off with a win for them ,” he said.
"The boys all tried again of course and put in a pretty gutsy effort, really.”
Shatte said stand-out players for the season were Michael Marini, Zachary and Lachlan Hendry, Steven Foster, Nicolas Marsh, Nathan Brannigan, Gary and Michael Skimmings.
He said towards the end Michael Solomon stood out as a valuable player well.
Shatte said he would like to see Gary Skimmings take on the coaching role next year again.
"It was his year in the job and he had a lot to work with,” he said.
"I would like to see him have another crack at it.”
The club spokesman said he would like to see the players work on their fitness in the off-season and during next year's season.
"Fitness was a big thing this year as well as a little bit of inexperience.”
Shatte said Senior and Junior Gremlins would like to see new players and volunteers put their hand up for next year. He said he was looking at starting training for the next season by the end of March 2018.