Hills Puma's record hard to beat

THREE years is a long time to go undefeated but the the Hills Pumas under 12s football squad has proved it's possible.

The division two team have gone 58 games without defeat in a run which stretches back to mid-2009.

Starting in division five, the team have worked up to division two, and are on the cusp of another championship season which will see them promoted to the top tier in the Gladesville Hornsby Football Association.

Team co-coach and manager Mark Bingham said the extended run without defeat was a "remarkable achievement for a unified and hard-working bunch of boys".

"We haven't been the most dominant team each season but through hard work we've managed to remain undefeated," Bingham said.

"Most of the boys are friends and go to Pacific Hills Christian School together.

"I think they have a real fighting spirit about them and it certainly comes out during games and training with each other."

He said his team's secret was their defence.

In 14 games this season, the team have conceded only five goals, making them the best defensive club in the eight-team league.

Mr Bingham warned that next season would be a far tougher test for the boys, however, as they go head-to-head with the best division one teams.

"They've done brilliantly well but I think the run will end sometime next year in the under 13s," Mr Bingham said. "We'll be up against some very skillful teams, including the North Epping Rangers who won the State Cup final in the under 12s this season."

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