Late goal decides Wolves fate
THE Warwick Wolves colts lost their grand final fixture 2-1 to West Wanderers in a close and exciting game on Friday night.
The game was moved from Clive Berghofer Stadium to Toara Park due to the heavy rain earlier in the day.
Warwick started tentatively, allowing Wanderers to attack and win a number of corners.
Tom Settgast was injured early from a hard tackle and was unable to continue in the game.
Gradually, as the first half progressed, Warwick came back into the game, defending resolutely and holding the score to nil-all at half-time.
The second half started well with Warwick attacking strongly, but a free kick to Wanderers at the edge of the box saw the first goal of the game in the 53rd minute.
Warwick continued to turn up the intensity and after some good passages of play, Nick Kemp ran through and headed the ball into the net to make the score 1-1 in the 58th minute.
The game went end to end with both teams pressing for the winning goal.
Chris Leach came close to scoring, but in the 73rd minute the Wanderers' striker made the most of a fortunate bounce and finished the ball expertly into the bottom right corner of the goal.
With seven minutes to go Warwick put everything into scoring an equaliser, but was unable to find the net, giving Wanderers a deserved 2-1 victory.
Both teams played to their best ability in a great finals game of high quality. It was apparent the two best teams of the year had made the final.
Nick Kemp played an excellent game for Warwick, both defending and attacking from centre back.
Luke Dargan was also excellent in his right back position, cutting off many attacks by the Wanderers' left winger.
Jake Reid made some great saves in goal, keeping his team in the game. Matthew Carey, Mitch Siebenhausen and Martin Johnson also had good games in the midfield, playing with great determination. Congratulations to the whole team for 80 minutes of exceptional effort.
The game marked the end of a very successful season for the colts in which they won the President's Cup and were runners-up in the grand final.
There were some great games throughout the season and the standard of the finals games was very good, providing sound experience for the players.
A number of the boys move into senior ranks next year after a number of seasons with the colts.
Thanks to all the parents who made the trip to Toowoomba each Friday night and to Football Toowoomba for organising an excellent competition.