Rugby league grand fi­nal ac­tion

Cen­tral High­lands com­pe­ti­tion was tightly con­tested

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WOMEN’S FI­NAL: EMER­ALD COW­GIRLS VERSE BLACK­WA­TER CRUSHERS THE women’s game started with both teams at­tack­ing and Cow­girls Deb­o­rah Bar­chard and Catlin Saun­ders were hit­ting it up and putting pres­sure on the Crushettes.

They were tack­ling low on the front row­ers and halt­ing their go for­ward.

Lau­ren Pin­gel and Tashia An­thony were tak­ing the ball for­ward with Zoe Mackay and Annedel Dar­gin in the backs.

Brooke Slat­ter at full­back took all the bombs and was dam­ag­ing in bring­ing the ball back into play. Tasma Ve­sey was lead­ing the Crushettes but was run­ning the ball more and was threat­en­ing on each run.

Re­becca Stokes for the Cow­girls showed her team around which gave them di­rec­tion and Kailah Rogers was also di­rect­ing traf­fic and run­ning and kick­ing the ball.

Nei­ther side could get on top un­til the 13th minute and Crushettes Mi­randa David­son passed to Ve­sey and she ran 20 me­tres to start the score for the day. Con­verted by Mackay. 6-0.

Af­ter seven­teen min­utes, Cow­girls half Stokes threw a long pass to Elle Stitt who then ran on to score and it was con­verted by Rogers. 6-6.

Af­ter good field po­si­tion­ing in the 22nd minute, Stokes once again off­loaded to Saun­ders and she barged over the op­po­si­tion to score a try which was con­verted by Rogers and Cow­girls lead 12-6.

Crushers hooker David­son was work­ing hard look­ing for holes in the de­fence.

In the 32nd minute Crushers cen­tre Mackay barged over from dummy half and con­verted it for the half time score to be at 12-12.

What a close game. Crushers were stop­ping the dam­ag­ing for­wards for the Cow­girls and Crushers coach Trent White had plenty of ro­ta­tion for his play­ers. The Cow­girls were light on the bench.

The sec­ond started with both de­ter­mined to win and Tashia An­thony and Vicky Tani­rau hit­ting the ball up. Crushers back­line started run­ning and the ball went right through the hands to Fin­lay on the out­side and she was over for a Cow­girls try, 12-16. Could they hold on?

Cow­girls Bar­chard was try­ing hard for her but was un­able to break the line.

Crushettes two cen­tres Denise Chap­lain and Naomi Zonca were strong in de­fence and run­ning the ball and Zonca scored a great run­ning try af­ter find­ing a hole in the cow­girls de­fence and she scooted away to score and the score was back to 16-16.

The game went back­wards and for­wards and it rained dur­ing the game and ball con­trol was a must.

Shae Borg and Kyla Smith were tak­ing re­lief hit ups for the Cow­girls. Kar­liegh Banks and Sam Evans came off the bench and helped the Crushettes go for­ward.

But in the 32nd minute Crushettes Cap­tain David­son ran the ball from dummy half which she had hardly done all game and she sprinted 30 me­tres through the de­fence and she was over for a try.

It was con­verted by Mackay. The Crushettes kept the pres­sure on and they won the Pre­miers tro­phy 22-16. Crushettes Brooke Slat­ter was the player of the match. Con­grat­u­la­tions to both sides for a great game of foot­ball.

MEN’S FI­NAL: BLUFF RABBITIOHS VERSE BLACK­WA­TER CRUSHERS

IT WAS a rain af­fected game and ball con­trol came into ef­fect. Bluff came out the blocks with Billy Byrnes and Leigh Coghill lead­ing the charge. Both play­ers worked hard all game. Peter McLaugh­lin and Mitch Wy­atte were con­trol­ling the at­tack. Wy­atte had a great kick­ing game and made plenty of ground. His kick­ing was prov­ing the dif­fer­ence in the first half.

Dan Tan­ner and Ja­cob Ford were hit­ting the ball up for the Crushers and Josh Tan­ner was di­rect­ing the traf­fic.

Af­ter four min­utes the ball went out the back line and Rab­bitohs Chris Con­way was in the cor­ner for a try. Mitchell Power kicked the goal from the side­line and the score was 6-0.

Crushers back­rower Jai In­gram and Michael Mor­ris­sey were run­ning the ball wide.

Justin Daniels and Trent Hooper for the Rab­bits were mak­ing their mark at front row and the Rab­bits looked the goods. Af­ter 13 min­utes, five eight Wy­atte drew and passed to Blake Ve­sey on the wing and he was over for a try. Good work and goal kicker Mitch Power was on tar­get and the rab­bits lead 12-0.

The wet weather was af­fect­ing both teams, but Bluff had bet­ter ball con­trol. Cen­tres Chris MacKay and Ryan O’Donoghue were strong in de­fence. Crushers Kevin Bart­ley was the worka­holic for his team want­ing to take the ball for­ward.

It was a fierce con­test. The sec­ond half in the fourth minute, it started with both teams keen and Crushers Josh Tan­ner kicked the ball through and Jai In­gram re­gath­ered the ball and he ran in for a try. It was con­verted by Shae Cox and the score was 12-6.

Bluff were strug­gling with ball pos­ses­sion and not com­plet­ing their sets of six. Crushers kept at­tack­ing with Dwayne Par­son and Dion Cal­lanan in the cen­tre po­si­tions pass­ing it onto An­drew McGre­gor and Ster­ling Broad­hurst. In the 11th minute Josh Tan­ner kicked through and re­gath­ered and he ran through the line and scored. Once again Shae Cox con­verted. 12-12.

Bluff were get­ting frus­trated and Crushers were get­ting stronger in con­fi­dence think­ing they have a good chance to win. Dan Tan­ner was lead­ing the charge set­tling play.

The ball went out the back line to Dwayne Par­sons and he passed in­side for full­back Shae Cox to col­lect and he stepped his way through and reg­is­tered his first try and he con­verted to lead 18-16.

Bluff’s Ethan McLaugh­lin and Isiah Con­way came off the bench and made an im­pact keep­ing the team go­ing for­ward. Crushers in the 19th minute made an er­ror and the ball was re­gath­ered by Bluff and it went through the hands onto Chris McKay who scored out wide.

It wasn’t con­verted, and Crushers still lead 18-16.

In the 27th minute Crushers were on a go for­ward and the ball was passed along the back­line and Shae Cox re­ceived the ball back on the in­side and found a hole in the de­fence and he ran through and scored the last try for Crushers to lead af­ter Cox con­verted 24-16.

With 12 min­utes left both sides were try­ing to break each other’s de­fence.

Crushers kept stop­ping Bluffs at­tack­ing raids and they held on to win a CHRL Premiership 24-16 and Crushers Josh Tan­ner was the man of the match. Bluff’s Peter McLaugh­lin was Bluff’s best player.

Well done to both teams for their ef­fort. Thank you to the sup­ports from all the clubs on the day. Thanks to Bluff RLFC for host­ing the day. Thanks for read­ing my col­umn each week.

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