FOR the first time in three seasons the Westlawn Tigers under-14 football team has tasted defeat, but it took a mighty effort to topple them.
After two seasons as the undefeated minor and major premiers in the Clarence competition, the Tigers took on the Woolgoolga Dolphins at Barnier Park on Sunday in the North Coast Football Champion of Champions match.
"It was 1-all at fulltime and 2-all after the best of five penalty shootout," said team manager Kylie Baker.
"Then they went one for one in penalties and they beat us 1-0." Baker said the team took the defeat on the chin even though it was an anti-climactic end to a wonderful season.
"Overall our for and against for the season, before Saturday was 108 for to six against," she said.
Baker said the team's main strength is they have played together for the last four seasons.
"They know how to read the play and they all put in 110% each week," she said.
"They don't concentrate on defence or attack.
"They understand if you hold possession you control the game."
Sadly for the Tigers none of the three teams, the under-12s, U14s or U16s could snare a win in the Champion of Champions round.