The untouchable Lismore rugby team
YOU'VE heard of the Invincibles, well these guys are the Untouchables.
The boys of Lismore's Under-16 rugby union team clinched their fourth consecutive premiership with a 67-0 thrashing of Yamba in the grand final.
The combination of Tony Gava, Kirk Taylor-Brown, Rock Jensen, Jaquille Edwards, Marcus Skudder, Rob Stratton, Joe Melino, Jack Durheim, Scott Cardow, Sam Cox, Rayne Ellis, Matt Worthington, Simon Knight, Ryan Colreavy, Sean Cox, Matt Nean, Mitch Nicholson, Vincent Fryer, Seamus Reen and Joe Clay, has not been beaten in four years.
In those four seasons, only two tries have been scored against them and they went through two seasons without conceding a point.
Such is their dominance, a Grafton coach shouted his team a party because they managed to kick a penalty goal against Lismore. They lost 70-3 but the Grafton players were celebrating on the pitch because they managed to score a point.
Eleven members of the team were part of the Far North Coast representative side that won the NSW Country Under-16 championship, repeating their success from the NSW Country Under-14 championships two years before.
“When they won the Country champs as 14-year-olds, that was the first time any team from the Far North Coast had ever won a Country championship, and they did it again this year,” coach Terry Cox said.
Terry, who has trained most of the boys since they were eight, said their strength was that they played as a team.
“They're a pretty handy little side,” he said.
“There are some very good footballers in it but they play as a team. Nobody is selfish - they play for each other. They're just a good group of kids.”
Lismore's Jack Durheim was named best and fairest for 2008 and Simon Knight was the zone's highest point scorer.