THREE Horsham Hornets boy’s sides travelled to Hamilton for their first junior tournament of the season.
The under-12s boys featured five new players and claimed three wins on Saturday. Sunday was tougher, with the side losing to eventual grand finalists Portland and Warrnambool.
Coach Tony Sleep said it was a great result in the first tournament with plenty of growth to come.
“With five players new to our program it was difficult to judge how the boys would go this weekend but to kick off the first day with three wins was a terrific result,” he said.
The under-16 boys made it to the semi-final before losing comprehensively to Millicent on Sunday. The Hornets had easily beaten Millicent the day before.
Coach Damien Kilpatrick said it was a disappointing way to finish the weekend.
“We just didn’t turn up on Sunday and they had more intensity – we have a different team with four new guys but Millicent deserved to win,” he said.
The under-18 boys, featuring bottom age players Austin McKenzie, Sam Breuer and Harley Pope, made it to the grand final before losing to Portland in a thriller. Portland won by two points in over-time.
Kilpatrick also coaches the under-18s.
“It was a fantastic final and we came from 12 points down and it was a great result to get that far with a young group,” he said.