CORONAVIRUS SEASON: U14 Best and Fairest Prezlee Nothdurft and Nicole Robertson with with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed
CORONAVIRUS SEASON: U14 Best and Fairest Prezlee Nothdurft and Nicole Robertson with with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed

Embattled Dalby girls fight it out in tough league season

RUGBY LEAGUE: EVEN though their season was hindered by the perils of coronavirus, these Dalby girls were still able to give it a crack on the footy field this season.

The U14 and U16 Dalby Devils junior teams were fighting an uphill battle this year due to low player numbers, and tough teams from across the Western Downs and Toowoomba.

U16 Coach's Award Shaleah Mick with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed
U16 Coach's Award Shaleah Mick with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed

Dalby Devils Coach Michael Webber said the girls were relatively new to the sport, but they had given it their all this season.

“This season for the girls was all about learning that rugby league is a team game, and they were able to come together in training, and commit together,” he said.

U16 Most improved Bridgette Webber with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed
U16 Most improved Bridgette Webber with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed

“It’s a different environment for them with it being a physical sport, however they were able to stick up for their mates when the going got tough.

“We’re extremely proud of their efforts this season, especially when for most of them it was their first season in footy.”

U16 Most consistent Kelcie Brown with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed
U16 Most consistent Kelcie Brown with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed

Due to short numbers, players from the Pittsworth Danes were able to join the Devils in order to create a super team to battle it out in this year’s season.

Mr Webber said the U14s had a commendable season playing against some quality teams, recording a couple of wins along the way.

The U16s fight improved tremendously according to Mr Webber, especially with many of the players being at the younger end of the age bracket.

U16 Most consistent Kelcie Brown with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed
U16 Most consistent Kelcie Brown with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed

“Next year they’ll have the addition from the girls coming through from U14s, so they’ll be more competitive,” he said.

“Overall it was still a great season for the girls.”

The Dalby Devils girls were rewarded for their efforts on the paddock on October 9 at their annual awards night.

U16:

Bridgette Webber – Most Improved

Kelcie Brown – Most Consistent

Shaleah Mick – Coach’s Award

Sophie Van Dongen – Best Back

Erin Cain – Best Forward

Celestial Dbais – Best & Fairest

U14 Most improved Lily Anderson with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed
U14 Most improved Lily Anderson with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed

U14:

Lily Anderson – Most Improved

Jess Friedrichs – Most Consistent

Shania Riley – Coach’s Award

Amity Bourke – Best Back

Jamaya Alexander – Best Forward

Prezlee Nothdurft & Nicole Robertson – Best & Fairest

U14 Best and Fairest Prezlee Nothdurft and Nicole Robertson with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed
U14 Best and Fairest Prezlee Nothdurft and Nicole Robertson with Diehards A Grade coach Kerry Carmichael. Picture: Contributed

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