BEING unable to finish the Bathurst District Football season should not take the gloss off what has been a stunning season for Abercrombie FC's under 16s side.
No-one could get themselves remotely close to AFC in the BDF under 16s competition at the time the season was forced to stop due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in the region.
AFC won all 12 of the matches they played to put themselves on the verge of an unbeaten season, and boasted a fearsome for-and-against record of 94-7.
That left Abercrombie with 42 points, putting them nine clear of closest rivals Bathurst 75 Royals and Macquarie Tom Cats on the ladder.
Abercrombie co-coach Nick Lane was incredibly proud of the way the side came together over a challenging season of football.
"It was quite a good season for us. From the get-go we wanted to win this competition because last year we lost the grand final, which was a bit unfortunate, and we definitely put in the work during the early season," he said.
"With all the rain and the washouts we couldn't train for a couple of months there, and then COVID came in to mess things up even more, but we still finished as minor premiers, which we'll definitely take.
"We had a few dodgy games here and there but overall it was still a really good season for us."
Lane is hopeful the team will go on to success in senior competitions, now that most of the side will be forced out of junior play due to their age.
Some of those players have already had the chance to test themselves against open age competition.
"Majority of this team was the one that played for us last year, with a couple of new players that we picked up. Majority of the time it was a convincing season for us, with only a couple of games where our weaknesses were shown," he said.
"A lot of these guys are now moving into seniors and now playing with me and my mates as well. A lot of them are definitely capable of it so hopefully they stick around for next season and have a good run in seniors.
"There were definitely three to four of our 16s who played seniors and they had a great year."
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