Soccer: Belmont SC under-16s go down to Kelmscott in grand final


Top: Parents and coaches line up for their game against Belmont juniors during the club’s wind-up on Sunday.
Below: Gallant Belmont Under 16 players receive their medals after competing in the grand final against Kelmscott.
Top: Parents and coaches line up for their game against Belmont juniors during the club’s wind-up on Sunday. Below: Gallant Belmont Under 16 players receive their medals after competing in the grand final against Kelmscott.

THE Belmont Junior Soccer Club Under 16s fought bravely in their second grand final appearance, but lost to the Kelmscott Roos 1-3 at Spearwood on Sunday.

The boys were down 3-0 at half time, after conceding two goals in five minutes and losing their captain to injury.

Coach Martin Connolly said they bossed the second half, but left themselves with too big a mountain to climb.

“It was a great effort and our captain returned during the second half and played on despite his injury,” he said.

“When the dust and disappointment settles we can look back on a great season and reaching the last two grand finals against Kelmscott.”

He was proud of the Under-16 team reaching the final after coming from behind to beat Olympic 2-1 after losing 1-0 at half-time in the semi-finals on the previous weekend.

The day ended on a bright note after the club held its windup to celebrate a stellar season at its Miles Park clubrooms, attended by almost 300 children, siblings and parents.

As well as trophy presentations, there was plenty of fun activities including a bouncy castle, face painter, balloon artists, zorb soccer and a juniors versus combined parents and coaches team.

The result was an “honourable draw”. The juniors team comprised youngsters aged 6-16, including eight players from the grand final side.