The Dragons came out firing, and with the strong southerly wind at their backs and their huge forwards full of running, the game wasn’t too old before they crossed and kicked the goal to take a 6-0 lead.
The opposition continued to pound the Goondiwindi line, but some excellent defence kept them out, time and time again.
Too much dropped ball, several from attempted long passes in the windy conditions meant that the Boars couldn’t get their usual game together and this resulted in them having very little possession in the first half.
However, their gutsy effort in defence had restricted the opposition to just the one try.
The second half had only just begun when the Boars swung into action and Ike Woods used his step and sliced through to score under the posts.
Daniel Kiss converted the try to make it 6 all.
Collegians struck back to take the lead 10-6, however the young Boars used the strong wind to their advantage and like the first half, most of the play was at the northern end of the field. Collegians worked hard in defence, however following some great attacking play, Tom Davis showed too much pace and raced over to score out wide.
The try was unconverted, and the score locked up at 10 all.
With about seven minutes to the siren, the opposition tried to swing the ball wide from just inside their own half, however Josh Silcock could see it all unfolding and cruised through, plucked the ball out of the air, juggled it and then outpaced the chasers to put the ball down under the sticks. Lachlan Cover converted the try to put Goondiwindi in front 16-10.
While this was the final score the young Boars had plenty of tackling to do before the bell as Collegians threw everything at them.
It was a fantastic performance by all the boys particularly for the determination and effort they
showed in constantly giving everything they could in defence against their mountain sized opposition forward pack.
However, special mention to Ike Woods who was named the Player of the Grand Final, due in big part to his non-stop tackling performance.
Winning a premiership is a great effort, however this team’s achievement comes on top of their victory in the Grand Final as Under 11s last year, which gives them Back-to-Back Premierships- an awesome effort.
2012 Warwick & District Junior Rugby League Grand Final results.
Rugby League Park, Tenterfield.
Saturday, August 25.
Goondiwindi 30 (Tristan Powell 3, William Robinson, Lachlan Runzer tries; Jack Munro, Mark Brown, Lachlan Runzer, Tristan Powell, (Luke Ford goals) defeated Collegians 6 (Jye Barrett try; Taegen Inmon goal).
Player of the Match: Tristan Powell (Goondiwindi No. 10).
Goondiwindi 16 (Tom Davis, Ike Woods, Josh Silcock tries; Lachlan Cover, Dan Kiss goals) defeated Collegians 10 (Jacob Mauch, Jack McIvor tries; Dylan Lippi goal).
Player of the Match: Ike Woods (Goondiwindi No. 6).
Goondiwindi 14 (Ben Bland 2, Joel Stahlhut tries; Ben Bland goal) defeated Collegians 13 (Will Dearden, Hayden Aspinall tries; Rhys Farrell 2 goals; Zac Stevens field goal).
Player of the Match: Ben Bland (Goondiwindi No. 8).
Collegians 30 (Angus Croft 2, Blake Mauch, Matthew Whittaker, Josh Manwaring, Liam McKenzie tries; Greg Hoffman 2, Tyler Lockhart goals) defeated Goondiwindi 12 (Jack Norman, Thomas Milton tries; Cody Fleetwood, Thomas Milton goals).
Player of the Match: Angus Croft (Collegians No. 7).
Wattles 28 (Evan Lack, Colin Chowns, Brodie Sharman, Nick Morris, Kane Wightman tries; Nick Morris 4 goals) defeated Goondiwindi 26 (Mal McGrady 2, Quindon McIntosh, Tom Fitzgerald, Keiran McGrady tries; Tom Fitzgerald 3 goals).
Player of the Match: Nick Morris (Wattles No. 13).
2012 Club Championship: Goondiwindi Junior Rugby League Club.
Warwick & District Junior Rugby League Life Membership awarded to Mrs Cathy Hamel and Mr David Landers.
AWESOME. The Goondiwindi Junior Rugby League Boars Under 12 side which won the grand final on Saturday. Standing at back from left are Barry Horton (Coach), Michael Horton, John Woods (Manager), Lachlan Cover, Brenton Clement, Wayne Lowe (Trainer), Jake Walker, Shane Nowlan, Jack Prosser, Brock McNaughton, Sam Andrews, Tony Cover (Trainer). Kneeling from left are Tom Davis, Jhai McGrady, Kyle Lowe and Ethan Orchard. Sitting from left are Tristan Powell, Glenn McGrady, Heza Dennison, Tyran Adams, James Rountree-Whitmore, Drew Herde, Dan Kiss, Ike Woods and Josh Silcock. Pic courtesy of Rebecca Cover
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