Penshurst comes from behind to condemn Hawkesdale Macarthur to defeat

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Penshurst's under 16.5 side celebrates its junior premiership win over Hawkesdale-Macarthur. Picture: Tracey Kruger

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Penshurst's under 16.5 side celebrates its junior premiership win over Hawkesdale-Macarthur. Picture: Tracey Kruger

BELIEF and a “team first” mentality lifted a talent-laden Penshurst unit to victory over a fierce geographical rival in Saturday’s Mininera and District under 16.5 football grand final.

The Alastair Rentsch-coached outfit toppled Hawkesdale-Macarthur after a slow start, booting four goals in both the second and final terms to run away with an eight-point triumph.

The Bombers’ were jubilant at the final siren, coming to terms with the enormity of a come-from-behind 8.6 (54) to 7.6 (48) triumph.

We’ve had some others play through reserves and it’s helped their fitness and game sense. It’s a good experience for them. - Alastair Rentsch

Rentsch said his side had dabbled in senior football throughout the year, improving their game.

“You could say the top six players have had a go at senior football,” he said. “We’ve had some others play through reserves and it’s helped their fitness and game sense. It’s a good experience for them.”

Rentsch said the feeling of winning a premiership was “surreal”.

“We had good belief to get across the line,” he said. “We only scored in two quarters as we struggled kicking into the breeze but we were just more accurate when we had our chances in front of goal.”

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