Wildcats Nines coach Glenn Morrison credited his players for bouncing back from disappointment to win the Carnegie Nines Plate on Tuesday night.
With eleven successive wins in the group stages, the Wildcats went into the finals at Headingley Carnegie as one of the favourites but saved their poorest performance of the five weeks for the Cup quarter-final and were dumped out by eventual winners Cumbria.
That saw Wakefield compete in the Plate where they saw off London Broncos before a Sam Fletcher hat-trick led Trinity’s youngsters to victory over Warrington Wolves and saw captain Matty Wildie receive the Plate from Martin Offiah.
Morrison was pleased to come away with silverware but disappointed that it was not the main prize of the night.
“The first game was really, really disappointing,” admitted Morrison.
“Result aside, I thought we were really poor. We went one out footy and just looked like we didn’t know what we were doing. It was probably our one poor game of the whole tournament and it cost us.
“After that we got back to the way we’ve played all tournament and played some good shape, good structures and the results showed that.
“I think the way all the results went, the Plate final probably could have been the main one. As it was, the top teams dropped out after the first games and it shows you that in finals footy it’s anyone’s tournament.”
After that initial disappointment the Wildcats showed the form that saw them win 13 of their 15 games – the best record of anyone in the five weeks – to win the Plate and Morrison praised the players’ final two performances.
“I was pretty dirty on them after the first game because we’d played so well to get us in the position we were in and to put that performance out they all knew it wasn’t good enough.
“To their credit the players turned it around and put in two really good games and we got some silverware – not the one we were after – but at least we showed the crowd how we have been playing for the whole tournament.
“I was very, very proud of the way they finished and how we played all tournament. We learn for next year that we can’t have one game off, especially on finals night.”
The Wildcats youngsters were once again playing in the specially made Club 1873 kit, promoting the scheme that funds the Trinity youth development programme and nurtures exciting young talent like Wildie, Lucas Walshaw and Kyle Trout, all of whom have made first team appearances in 2012.
Club 1873 costs just £2 a week to join with the opportunity to win weekly cash prizes, be part of two £2,000 mega draws each year and more daily and monthly prizes.
With the support of fans, Club 1873 can help maintain the Wildcats status as one of the finest youth setups in the sport, so don’t delay in signing up today and invest in the future generations of your club.
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