Students clip the Eagles’ wings to end 2017 hopes

Mikey Howarth keeps his eye on the ball during Sunday's preliminary final loss against CSU White at Proctor Park in Bathurst. Photo: Courtney Gambrill

Mikey Howarth keeps his eye on the ball during Sunday's preliminary final loss against CSU White at Proctor Park in Bathurst. Photo: Courtney Gambrill

Bathurst Football Association minor premiers CSU White have brought an end to Cowra’s premier league season, downing the Eagles 2-0 in Sunday’s preliminary final at Proctor Park.

The Eagles were able to withstand a pressure opening 45 minutes before CSU netted twice after the break to book their spot in this week’s decider.

Cowra coach Adam Gambrill spoke proudly of his side’s efforts on Monday morning and believes the club’s in a position to clinch a premier league premiership in the coming years.

“The future’s bright for us,” Gambrill said.

Gambrill acknowledged the achievement he’s side’s made since promoting themselves from second grade to the premier league this campaign.

“I’m proud of the boys. It’s a big step to make it to the finals and give ourselves an opportunity of making the grand final,” he said.

“I’m glad we won the first week of the finals because I felt as though we earned a chance to give ourselves a shot at making the grand final.”

CSU dominated the opening exchanges which set a trend for first half as the students soaked up the majority possession.

Cowra had one rare opportunity to failed to take advantage as both sides remained locked at 0-0 at the break.

At halftime Gambrill said he “wasn’t happy” with how Cowra was playing but he credited that to the style of game CSU was playing.

“It was more the way they were playing. They weren’t allowing us to play to our game or the way we wanted. They had the possession which is what we wanted,” he said.

It took a screamer from about 30 metres out to break a 55 minute deadlock, giving the minor premiers a one goal lead which was soon extended to two about 10 minutes later.

Cowra was starved of possession for the remainder of the contest, as CSU held on to secure their place in the 2017 grand final.

“I’m disappointed in the result but I’m not disappointed with how we carried ourselves,” Gambrill said.

“It wasn’t through a lack of effort. The boys gave it everything and that’s all I can ask for.

“These boys made it a pleasure. It [coaching] is a taxing job, it’s consuming but with the boys I have I’m happy to do it because they put it in equal effort. That’s what a club’s all about.”

With little time to reflect on the season and a long time between now and the beginning of the 2018 competition, Gambrill said he’ll give it time before making a call about whether or not he’ll put his hat in the ring for another season at the helm.

“As far as the team is concerned we’ll be back bigger and better,” Gambrill said.

CSU White and Panorama Black face off in the decider this week to decider who claims the premierships.

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