Several frustrating near-misses and a player left bruised and bloodied were just part of the many spectacular moments on show during this weekend’s ferocious U12 JPL clash between the Nerang Eagles and Kingscliff Wolves at home in Nerang.
by Luke Sorensen and Jonno Pritchard
The U12 Eagles set out to reboot their season after the recent floods and weather delivered a long wait for games.
They boys started strong against against the solid and long-established Kingscliff side, and for much of the game it was hard to seperate the two teams.
A big mention must go to two of our Nerang u11 boys, Max and Aru, who stepped up and played the whole first half for our U12 JPL team.
It was a big ask for the youngsters who played well and put in a valiant effort, showing they can match it with the older boys.
It was a much improved second-half performance as well, until a high-impact challenge saw Dylan cop a nasty blow straight to the face, sending him off the field with blood streaming from his nose.
Dylan returned to the field after seeking treatment for his injury, and later put away Nerang’s only goal after a penalty was awarded for a wayward tackle just inside the box.
In the end Kingscliff came away with the win, but there was no shortage of positives from the match with Gary and Jonathon taking away some fantastic experience and great analysis.
We checked with Dylan and his dad after the match and he was fine, just a nice bump and nose bleed to take home from the match.
The Nerang u12 JPL side are a young and prospective team and will continue to move forward. Great effort lads!