GALLERY: Goats show grit and unity despite grand final loss
RUGBY UNION: Gladstone Rugby Union Football Club under-15 coach David O'Brien said he was proud of his team despite his team's 38-12 loss in the Rugby Capricornia grand final.
Frenchville won the decider after a tight first half and their bigger backs and props proved decisive in Saturday night's decider in Rockhampton.
"Our forwards played really well, but we lost it around the ruck and out wide where we let ourselves down,” O'Brien said.
"Frenchville had a couple of big backs where one of them sorted us out as well as their props.
"They had some big, big boys.”
The scoreline did not reflect the match and in fact O'Brien said his team were on top early.
"I thought we had the better of them in the first 15 minutes and in the first half we competed well,” O'Brien said.
The coach said captain Jack Kentwell led the way.
"It was another great game by Jack at number seven and it's just his work-rate where he never stops trying and that's why he's the captain,” O'Brien said.
Tyler Keogh-Paladin was another who stepped up in the final.
"Frenchville also had four reserves and a late injury to Alex Wilson did not help as well,” O'Brien said.
Aside from the grand final result, O'Brien said his charges showed an excellent level of professionalism as well as sportsmanship.
"It was a very successful season and am very happy with the guys,” he said.
"They held themselves real well on and off the field and have represented Gladstone very well.”
O'Brien, who is also the club president, said he has been coaching the juniors for 'five or six seasons' and is keen to continue to do the role next season.
Meanwhile the U13 Goats finished off their season with a win and a loss.
Goats thumped Biloela 29-0 in game one before a competitive showing in the final game - a 15-10 loss against Cap Coast.
U15 Grand Final
Frenchville 38 d GRUFCs 12
U13 Red Dog Cup
GRUFCs 29 d Biloela 0
Cap Coast 15 d GRUFCs 10
Best and Fairest: Harry Kentwell
Referees Award: Diesel Costigan