THE Armidale School’s First XI took out the the trophy for the Local Junior Team of the Year at Armidale Sports Council’s annual Armidale Sports Awards on 19 November, a reflection not just of team success but of the growth in popularity of the sport at the school. The team was recognised for its terrific season, backing up its first ever Armidale District Football Association first grade premiership in 2015, with a 3-0 victory in the grand final this year. The award topped off a great season for football at TAS, with three of four opens teams making the semi finals two of which scored grand final berths (the TAS Dads going down 3-1 to Guyra in the Fourth grade competition). Meanwhile the 16As were both minor and major premiers in the 16s Division 1 competition. Master in Charge Football Luke Polson said the team was thrilled with the award and should only encourage further participation in the sport. “The boys had a terrific season and with a second consecutive premiership, proved to themselves and others that their commitment and talent was not a one-off,” he said. “This year TAS increased the depth of pre-season fixtures and entered 17 teams into the local ADFA competition, with seven making semi-finals or better, and this only augurs well for the future of the sport at the school. “
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Receiving the award for Junior Sports Team of the Year were TAS footballers (back) Jarrod Bourke, Will Brissett, Alex Boulus, Rory Spiers, Angus Lloyd, (front) Cai Spiers, Jim Orr and Mr Christian Knight.