Tough start for young Stanthorpe Gremlins side
Stanthorpe Gremlins were met with fierce competition in the first Border Rugby League A-grade game of the season on Saturday.
The team went up against the Inglewood Roosters, who claimed the 2016 BRL competition.
Stanthorpe coach Gary Skimmings said despite the tough competition, the young side put in a strong effort. Corey Rashleigh claimed the first try of the season for Stanthorpe, which proved to be the only one his team would claim throughout the game.
Despite a keen effort, the team's fitness failed them in the end, Skimmings said.
"They're a really young sid. Most of them are 17 or 18,” he said. "For a lot of them, it's their first time playing a proper A-grade game... and they went up against a good side.”
While the odds were against them, he said the team "never gave up”.
His brother, Michael Skimmings, was named players' player.
"Jacob Adams played really well as well,” he said.
Stanthorpe will go up against Tenterfield in an away game next weekend, and Skimmings hopes this will be a more even match for the Gremlins.
Many younger players flowed into the team after the Border Bushrangers U18s withdrew from the TRL for this season.
BRL chairman Norm Crisp said Inglewood claimed a convincing 58-4 win against the young side.
Crisp said player of the year points were awarded to Stanthorpe player Daniel Brien (1) along with Inglewood's Robbie Morris (3) and Tim West (2).
Meanwhile, the Killarney Cutters beat Tenterfield Tigers 22-14 in Killarney.