HDFL - Both CKS Swifts under seventeen and under fourteen junior footballers walked away without a win in the Horsham District Football League grand finals at the City Oval, Horsham last Saturday.
CKS Swifts under 17s were overrun in the last term by a determined Laharum, while the under 14s got off to a horror start against Noradjuha-Quantong, which ultimately proved costly.
Coach of CKS Swifts under 17 side, Nathan Ringin was extremely disappointed with the eventual 20 point loss after the Baggies led by 18 points at three quarter time against Laharum.
"We played pretty good football for three quarters," Ringin said.
"The last quarter, I basically left it up to them and said - we've got 20 minutes to show everyone what we can do.
"We didn't man up and they ran all over us in the middle. We weren't accountable."
Laharum booted six unanswered goals to come away with the premiership honours, 11.7 (73) to Baggies 8.5 (53), leaving Ringin to ponder what had happened.
"I don't know whether they thought they had it or not," he said.
"I'm quite gutted to be honest. but that's football and hopefully they learnt from it."
The coach lauded the efforts of Ben Taylor, saying the youngster was 'outstanding' on the back flank.
"He was very hard over the ball and did the job very well, hitting targets up," Ringin said.
"Luke Thompson was good in the middle. He's a first year player and played his best game this year.
"Unfortunately, a few blokes didn't take his lead."
Liam Scott was solid, while Zach Salmi showed his class in the midfield, throwing his body into the contest.
James Murray led the way across the forward line with three goals and Luke Thompson contributed two.
Ringin will return next season as CKS Swifts under 17s coach and was a unsure what 2014 had in store for the side.
"It's a bit hard to say, with so many players leaving and we have about 10 moving up from under 14s, but it does look pretty bright for the future."
The under 14 grand final saw Noradjuha-Quantong come out with all guns blazing.
The Bombers kicked four goals and held CKS Swifts scoreless in the first quarter, adding another three goals to one in the second term to lead by 35 points at half time.
It was the intensity and pressure that CKS Swifts could not match.
In the last quarter, the Baggies rallied and fought it out with pride and dignity to eventually lose by 25 points 9.5 (59) to 5.4 (34).
CKS Swifts under 14 coach, Harry Murray said it was the young brigade of Seth Blake, Samual Raeck, Josh Cox, Dale Reid and Jacob Salmi that were instrumental in the fight back.
The Baggies went on to kick three goals to zero in a 'creditable' last quarter.
"Full credit must go to Noradjuha Quantong as they were clearly the best side on the day," Murray said.
"The Swifts boys must also be acknowledged for a fantastic year, being the only side in the competition to beat Noradjuha Quantong throughout the year and what a fantastic game that was," Murray said.
Brody Hughston, Tyler McHenry, Caleb Holden, Angus Murray, Nathan Lee, Nick Noonan, William Phillips and 2013 captain Paul Enriquez will all go into the under 17 side next year.
Murray is confident the addition of these players will bolster the side.
"They will no doubt have the ability to play finals again next year," he said.
"The rest of the boys will stay in the under 14s and what a side that will be.
"It would be fair to say that if the boys stay together then another grand final could be expected."