Beaudesert Kingfishers under 15 boy's team defy doubters with grand final appearance

THE Beaudesert Kingfishers under 15 boy's team were given no hope of qualifying for the grand final earlier this season but went within four points of the ultimate prize on the weekend.

HIT UP: Kingies went down 22-18 to Helensvale Hornets in the grand final at Burleigh.

HIT UP: Kingies went down 22-18 to Helensvale Hornets in the grand final at Burleigh.

The team were unable to capitalise on their good form during the finals series as they went down 22-18 to Helensvale Hornets in a nail-biter.

Assistant coach Troy Willis said his team started the season as rank outsiders but proved the doubters wrong with their winning culture.

"Ninety per cent of the players had been together since under seven and eight," he said.

"We won a grand final in under 12 so most of the boys had been there before.

"No one expected us to get past round one let alone the finals but they played good, tough footy."

The under 15 and open women's teams were the only two Kingfishers sides to qualify for grand finals this season.

Willis said his team were the club underdogs and played most of the season with 15 players.

The grand final fairy tale was within reach until a cruel blow to one of the team's best players and scorer of a first half double suffered a broken leg on the stroke of half time.

The team powered on in his absence with limited interchanges only to fall four points short of repeating the heroics of the open women's team, who downed the Logan City Hawks to claim the club's only piece of silverware this season.

Willis alternates between the head and assistant coach role with Al Holland, whose wife Joeanne coached the women's team to victory last month in their second season back in the competition since 1979.

Willis said he had been with the team since his son joined the club in under 7s but their time together was coming to an end.

"A lot of them aren't coming back with work and school commitments," he said.

"It could have been our last year with the boys."

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