COLAC Tigers under-16 footballers are in season-best form as they edge closer to finals action.
The undefeated cubs proved too strong for their biggest challenger for the 2011 Hampden Football League flag, outclassing Emmanuel Hawks by 12 goals on Sunday.
Coach Paul Sutherland said the team had improved as the season progressed after the addition of a host of talented Colac district footballers like Trent Theodore and Steve Presani.
“They’re travelling really well, I don’t think we’ve had a full side in all year but the guys who have played have been consistent,” he said.
“They’re very disciplined, they stick to team rules – they’re just a good bunch of kids who are pretty focussed.”
Geelong Falcons commitments have interrupted the young squad’s season with utility Darcy Lang and ruckman David O’Sullivan getting their chance at TAC Cup level, while Presani, Josh Woods, and Josh Sutherland missed games representing Hampden in the V-Line Cup.
Lang, midfielder Luke Cardinal and backline general Jack Williams have impressed Sutherland as the team’s leadership group – a highlight being the trio’s efforts in the Tigers’ big win against Emmanuel.
Lang finished the 19.5 (119) to 7.11 (53) win with five goals to earn best-on-ground honours, while Sullivan, three goals, and Theodore, one, also impressed.
And with two rounds left before finals – and the Tigers guaranteed top spot – Sutherland said there was still plenty to take out of the home-and-away season.
“We just want to be consistent, make sure we don’t change anything and don’t slacken off,” he said.
“If we keep training and play the way we want to play, I think we’ll do well.”
In the under-14 ranks, the Tigers sit seventh on the ladder after 12 rounds with four wins and eight losses.