by Brooke Duncan
Rugby League: THE football season has come to an end, and for the Miles Devils, it was an incredible one.
The Devils kicked off the year by bringing home the Terry Charles Shield and continued their excellent form throughout the season.
The team finished the competition rounds in the top four, sending them to the preliminary finals, where they claimed victory.
All that was left was the grand final, which saw the Devils face off against the undefeated Roma Cities.
The Devils were ahead at the end of the first half, but the Cities came back to take the victory.
Miles Devils coach Jamie Kerwick said the club improved noticeably throughout the season.
"On the whole I suppose the season was a huge success,” Kerwick said.
But the team was still disappointed with the grand final loss.
"We went dangerously close. It was a big opportunity lost, that's for sure,” Kerwick said.
"We had it in us to make the grand final, but it's another thing to win it.
"Roma were the benchmark team the whole year.”
But there's always next year, and Kerwick said the team now feels there's unfinished business to take care of on the field.
Regardless of the scoreline, the season drew some excellent football from the Devils.
Stand-out players included Tyler Keys, Ash Dyball, and Travis Rinehart.
Travis won both Rookie of the Year and Most Improved at the club's awards night last week.
"(Travis is) not a very big fella, he came into the team this year,” Kerwick said.
"He had a great year.”
Meanwhile, Tyler Keys won A Grade Player of the Year.
"(Tyler's) always been a good player but he went up a bit this year,” Kerwick said.
"He's one of the ones we'll be losing.”
The club will lose a few players next season, with some retiring while others are moving away for work.
"It's all good reasons that some players won't be playing next year,” he said.
But Kerwick is confident the club is making huge steps in the right direction.
They're also on the hunt for a new coach, with Kerwick hoping to focus on refereeing and his own game.
"There's a good team there just looking for the right man to come along,” he said.
"Hopefully someone shows up... with the right credentials to coach the side.”
But such concerns were not important as the team let loose at its awards night last week.
"It was a bit of fun. We had a beach party at the pub afterwards,” Kerwick said.
"We just went down, had our presentation, had a few beers.
"The sort of year we had, a formal presentation really didn't suit us this year.
"We just decided to go for a real casual afternoon.
"Everyone seemed to have a good day.”
Kerwick is looking forward to the 2018 season.
"It was a pretty good year all round for us,” he said.
"Hopefully everyone turns up ready to go again.”
It was also a good season for the Reserve Wandoan Battlers.
The Battlers were the runners up for the Terry Charles Shield, and placed in the top four after the rounds football, making their way to the finals.
Finding success in the knockout round, the Battlers were narrowly defeated in the preliminaries.
The club thanked the players, coaches, team managers, committee, first aid officer, volunteers, and supporters for their contributions to a wonderful season.