Temora defeats North Wagga to claim under 17s

Temora have gone from the doghouse to the penthouse in a season.

Winless last year, the Kangaroos took out the under 17s premiership in fine style at Roberson Oval on Saturday.

Overcoming a slow start, Temora kicked the last nine of the last 11 goals to take a 9.10 (64) to 4.8 (32) win over North Wagga.

Half-forward Lachlan Leary led the way, booting four goals, including one from 75 metres out.

Leary was named Rob Turner Medal winner as best in the grand final and coach Lachlan Pellow thought he helped turn the tide.

“Lach had a good game,” Pellow said. “He was bit quiet a couple of weeks ago but geez he turned one on today.”

Leary was well supported by Jesse Hartwig, who kicked three, while Will Reinhold and Luke McCabe were strong through the midfield.

North Wagga started strongly working into the breeze in the first quarter.

They took a five-point lead into the first break, but like the Kangaroos in the first quarter did not real utilise the strong wind.

Instead two goals each to Leary and Hartwig gave Temora a 5.5 (35) to 3.5 (23) advantage at the long break.

Temora continued to assert their dominance, up by 25 points heading into the last quarter, as they ran away with the title.

Pellow was thrilled by the team’s performance.

“The boys deserve it,” he said. “They have been training all year, doing the hard yards and have been beat twice but took it on the chin and got better ever time they were beaten.

“They turned up here today and played well.”