Tigers triumph in rain to take the final
Gladiators don’t make it easy
“THE time has come for us.”
That was the word from Mundubbera Tigers captain Jacob Kimber before running onto the rain-soaked Martin Love Oval in the 2014 North Burnett Rugby League grand final.
But Kimber’s forewarning to the Gayndah Gladiators almost backfired after the heavy favourites were pushed all the way.
The Gladiators took it to their rivals for the full 80 minutes, going down 29–26, in another encounter to rival the best in the league’s history.
It was still raining 15 minutes before kick-off, on an already soaked field.
Mundubbera Tigers skipped away to 16–2 after 16 minutes and the game looked like it would be a big win for the home team.
But no one told the boys from Gayndah, as they didn’t lose sight of the reason they were there.
Tigers held on at the end and with a field goal they secured the win.
“I will never be speechless but I am close at the moment. I am just so happy we got home,” Kimber said, at the final whistle.
“The boys have done it and it feels so good, this is a dream come true.
“I am over the moon and beyond happy.
“We showed the town that we could do it and we have put a smile on every face.
“We had to fight hard for this win and we did it.
“This is like being in a dream.”
Kimber said the Gladiators had his team on its toes.
“At no time did we think we had it won,” he said.
“They just kept coming at us until the end. All credit to the Gladiators. They played a hard game and they never gave up.”
Gladiator coach Russell Kenny said his side let the Tigers get away to a good start.
“Catch-up football was the hard way to play,” he said.
“(But with) just another few minutes, I think we would have got them.
“(I am) so proud of my team and every one of them played their best.”
TO THE VICTORS: Jacob Kimber has the strength to lift the prize for a historic victory.