BRIEFING: Tinana coach Robert Denman (red shirt) addresses his team at half-time. Fraser Coast League, Under-13: Tinana v KSS Jets Raptors at Federation Park Field, Maryborough.
BRIEFING: Tinana coach Robert Denman (red shirt) addresses his team at half-time. Fraser Coast League, Under-13: Tinana v KSS Jets Raptors at Federation Park Field, Maryborough. Matthew McInerney

Tinana's under-13s on the verge of two phenomenal years

THEY are one of the benchmarks in junior football.

Tinana's under-13s are on the verge of what can only be described as two awesome years.

Last year they were crowned U12 league champions and won the grand final, and have followed up that effort this season to be one win from an undefeated season despite the introduction of five new players.

Club vice president Peter Kluytenberg said it was their ability to play as a team that fed most success.

"The older players accepted the new faces and they gel so well,” he said.

"I can't stop raving about how good they are as a team and how they play as a team.”

Coach Robert Denman spoke to the Chronicle minutes after they beat Jets Raptors 2-0 in the major semi-final.

"It was tough today and it'll be tough in the grand final,” he said.

"We've got four girls in the side and they're as strong as the boys. Overall you couldn't fault the whole team, they've all done everything I've asked them to.

"Hopefully we'll get through there and win every game of the year.”

Denman said the side built its success on the back of its defence.

"Defence is my main aim, we always play a strong backline - we probably have the strongest backline in the under-13s,” he said.

"We had to be rock solid in the backline and they didn't score so they did well.”



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