MARIST Brothers captain Paul O'Neill identified plenty of positives during his first season as skipper of the Rams in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
The Rams season came to end in a 30-6 loss against Byron Bay in the elimination semi-final at the weekend.
It is the second year in a row the Rams have been knocked out in the first week of the finals.
"Getting there has been awesome but we probably lack that little bit of experience," O'Neill said.
"Byron came out to play in that second half and might have caught us a bit off guard.
"A couple of quick tries killed us unfortunately."
The Rams always bring plenty of talented young players into grade and this year was no exception with Jacob Follent and Max Elliot the standouts for O'Neill.
Both are now playing semi-finals with Brothers under-18s.
The Rams reserve grade and under-18s are still in the finals hunt and are one win away from a grand final.
Follent will join the Wests Tigers National Youth Competition side for pre-season in a few months.
O'Neill will play again next season and hopes they can add a bit of size to the team.
"I think we'll be better of for the experience this season," he said.
"A bit of size definitely wouldn't hurt."
Under-18's kick off at 11.30am in the minor and major semi-final this weekend.
Entry is $8 for all finals games and $12 for the grand final.
Games this weekend:
Saturday minor semi-final Frank McGuren Park Grafton
18's Grafton Ghosts v Mullumbimby
Reserve Grade Grafton Ghosts v Casino
First Grade Grafton Ghosts v Byron Bay
Sunday major semi-final Stan Sercombe Oval Murwillumbah
18's Murwillumbah v Marist Brothers
Reserve Grade Northern United v Marist Brothers
First Grade Murwillumbah v Ballina
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