For the Seaton Ramblers, it has been an up down year in division three.
Seaton won 11 and lost seven games, but snuck into the finals in fifth place.
The minor rounds did not matter from there and they are playing their best footy when it matters most.
Having won the first two must-win weeks of finals, the Ramblers are now about to play off for a spot in the grand final.
For a new-look team that only had 11 players from last year still playing, this is a big achievement.
Senior coach Matt Webber said the reason it has all come together at the right time of year is because of the learning they’ve done throughout the season.
“Every game they play they are learning more about each other and what is required to win and gaining more experience,” Webber said.
“During the year the confidence they’ve got throughout the season has been massive for them and they’ve learnt to trust each other and believe in each other.”
The confidence and experience aspect of the game is massive for the Seaton team, given it is their first season together for the majority of them.
They are a young group, with an influx of younger players coming up from the juniors into the senior team.
In their semi final on the weekend, they had two under 18’s and an under 16 playing.
For that reason, development has been key for the group this season.
Webber said the A grade did not set any goals for this year but hoped for a finals spot come the end of the season.
“We had a horrendous season last year, and lost a lot of players at the end,” he said.
“The fact we are earning back that respect by not only playing finals, but winning them, is great for Seaton.”
Webber said having an even spread of contributors, especially in the finals, has been the key to their success so far.
“It’s been a real team performance with 22 contributors,” he said.
Daniel Clancy had been a standout for the Ramblers this season as a small forward but unfortunately broke his leg in the first 10 minutes of the elimination final.
“He had had an outstanding five weeks leading into the finals, so it was a shame when he went down,” Webber said.
It shows the depth that Seaton has developed this year, and highlights the even contributions, that they are able to cover the injury to one of their best players and still win games.
Seaton’s preliminary final this weekend is against Athelstone, who have lost only two of their last 19 games.
Webber said while it will be a big challenge, it’s one the Ramblers are ready for.
“Our game plan will stand up against them, so we are going in with confidence,” he said.
If Seaton is to make the grand final against Pembroke Old Scholars, it will be a remarkable climb after finishing fifth.
No matter the results of the upcoming finals, this season will hold the young Ramblers team in good stead for the future.
Written by Kirralee Thomas @kirralee_thomas