Saints 16s fired up and ready for Adrian Vowles Cup
THE St George Saints will go to great lengths to play footy – in the regular season, they travel a minimum of two hours to play an away game with their closest opposition.
Their under 16s are a fiercely determined side, and in this year’s Adrian Vowles Cup, they are spurred on by a desire to face as many new opponents as they can.
This year, the team is a mix of newbies and cup veterans who can’t wait to return to the Charleville field, and club president Kelvin Bella said the older boys are a driving force behind the team’s fighting spirit.
“The guys who went along last year, they had a great time at an excellent carnival,” he said.
“At training the older boys are revving their younger mates up, telling them just how good it is going to be.
”They play sides which are from outside of our area – we play Toowoomba Brothers first up.
“We get to play teams outside of our group, different sides that the boys wouldn’t usually get a chance to play, and that is such a good experience for them.”
Last year, the Saints stayed on par with the bigger teams from Toowoomba and the city, and they are hopeful of a repeat performance at the 2020 Cup.
“The standard of football is pretty high, and our guys did well last year – they only lost one game, had a draw and a couple of wins,” Bella said.
“That really boosts their confidence, when they can get over the top of a bigger city team, and they seem to hold themselves well against these other young kids.
“That is what makes it such a good carnival.”