TIM Doyle coached the Collegians Blue under-16 team in Saturday's WDJRL grand final.
Collegians were down 24-6 at half-time on Saturday at Clifton and the coach stressed the need to return to the game plan. At full-time, the Blue team had lost 24-16 to Goondiwindi.
As a player, Doyle trialled for Manly in Sydney while hooker for the Cowboys under-17 side and represented Toowoomba at U17 and U19 levels.
He first coached at his old junior club, Collegians a decade ago and coached the Cowboys reserve-grade side last season before returning to junior league this season.
Doyle talks about his philosophy as a coach:
"On Saturday when we trailed at half-time, I just reminded them of the work they had done to make the grand final and the importance of our key words, attitude, effort and discipline.
"They implemented all three words all season and especially in the second half against Goondiwindi when we scored 10 points and didn't concede any.
"Fitness is important, we did some extra work even though the boys at this age are naturally pretty fit. After a grand final, which we lost by eight points, I said I was proud of their efforts and they should be proud to make a grand final. We farewelled some boys after a decade who are heading to the Cowboys.”