Solomontown Junior Colts achieve remarkable turnaround

TEAM EFFORT: The Solomontown Junior Colts won their first game of the season this year to kick off a huge turn-around season.
TEAM EFFORT: The Solomontown Junior Colts won their first game of the season this year to kick off a huge turn-around season.

Solomontown's junior colts have experienced just about all the highs and lows that football can offer in just two years.

The local Under 13s team achieved a remarkable turnaround this year, going from completely winless to grand final contenders in two seasons.

Matt Peek has led the young group of footballers over the last two years and said it was fantastic to see the team turn it all around.

Last year they didn't win a game ... so this year they were pretty wrapped to sing the song after the game.

Coach, Matt Peek

"Last year they didn't win a game ... They had never sung the song for the club last year so this year they were pretty wrapped to sing the song after the game," Peek said.

The Solomontown Junior Colts finished the season in 2019 with six wins and nine losses.

Peek said a shortage of numbers in 2018 meant young under 11s were asked to play up a grade

"..Then this year those kids that had come up had a bit of experience at that grade already which held them in really good stead," he said.

"They were competitive at times last year but this year they were really competitive, even the games that they lost."

Peek was impressed by the 'never say die' attitude of the young footballers - particularly going into a grand final as the underdogs.

"They were super excited and - even though we lost - it was probably a highlight for me personally," Peak said.

COMEBACK: Matt Peak (left) and Steve Budd (right) flank the Solomontown Football Club Junior Colts. Photo: Supplied

COMEBACK: Matt Peak (left) and Steve Budd (right) flank the Solomontown Football Club Junior Colts. Photo: Supplied

"They were five goals to nothing down in the first quarter and they probably could have thrown in the towel but they fought the game out.

"After quarter time I think they outscored us by only one goal maybe for the rest of the game. I was super rapt with that effort.

"People can tend to give in if things are too hard but these kids they did not give in for one second and that was super impressive for me."

Peek said he is looking forward to coaching next season and thanked Damien Foster, Steve Budd and Jarrad Curnow for their help.