Tigers tri­umph in rain to take the fi­nal

Glad­i­a­tors don’t make it easy

Central and North Burnett Times - - RUGBY LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 2014 - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

“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.”

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

TO THE VIC­TORS: Ja­cob Kimber has the strength to lift the prize for a his­toric vic­tory.

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