SUNDAY saw the South West Rocks Dockers walk away from their home ground in a triumphant manner after wins in the 11's and 13's age groups against a brave Bellingen Bulldogs side in conditions that went from drizzle to showers to pouring rain.
The Dockers u'11's team started well in the first quarter kicking three goals to the Bulldogs' one.
On a slippery field the Dockers maintained pressure to slowly increase their lead throughout the match.
The midfield proved unstoppable with Spencer Plummer rucking for four quarters whilst the roving was done by Will Moffat, Malahkye Clarke and Riley Bechaz-Hatton who were all over the ground.
Tom Farley played excellent at full forward whilst Caylum Appleyard was outstanding at the other end of the field in full-back.
Final score in the 11's saw the Dockers win 64-15.
The under 13's game was a much closer affair with every goal hard fought for in the wet conditions.
Bellingen started well with three goals in the first quarter whilst the Dockers only tallied one.
South West Rocks then changed the momentum to kick two unanswered goals in the second quarter to even the score.
The third and fourth quarter saw the Dockers pull away with hard running from Natalie Van Driest and Layla Thorman both maintaining their footing despite the rain. Benji Hughes and Tom Cunningham were also vital for the Dockers in the back-line.
Savannah Bechaz-Hatton and Jerkyal Greenup-Smith were outstanding all across the ground.
Bailey Kane was awarded best on ground for the team.
Overall every player from Dockers and Bulldogs in both age groups gave 100% effort and loved playing in the mud and rain - it is certainly a day they won't forget in a hurry.
The final score in 13's was 60-39 to the Dockers.
The under 11's travel to Bellingens new AFL ground at Burdett Park next Sunday whilst the under 13's have the bye.
Whilst the Macleay Valley Eagles aren't participating in junior competitions this year due to COVID-19 the club are still pushing forward with their Auskick program and are encouraging any youngsters from 5-12 to have a crack.
The Auskick program is on Thursday's 4-5pm at Jim Stirling Oval.
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