Club holds tro­phies high

Central Queensland News - - SPORT - Kris­ten Booth Kris­ten.Booth@cqnews.com.au

RUBGY LEAGUE: The Cen­tral High­lands Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion came to an end over the week­end and Black­wa­ter couldn’t be more proud.

In a rare oc­cur­rence, both the Black­wa­ter Crushers and Crushettes took out the 2018 premiership.

Crushettes coach Trent White said the win was great for both teams and two years in the mak­ing for the women’s side, af­ter los­ing to Cler­mont last year.

“It’s un­be­liev­able, it’s a lot of hard work and to come away with the vic­tory, es­pe­cially af­ter los­ing last year, it’s prob­a­bly two years in the mak­ing, it’s be­yond amaz­ing,” he said.

“Last year the team went down con­vinc­ingly to Cler­mont.

“We had a mas­sive off sea­son and rec­ti­fied a few things and thank­fully this year was our year. A lot of hard work, the girls did amaz­ing.”

White said it was the team ef­fort that al­lowed them to take out the Emer­ald Cow­girls 22–16.

“They just kept show­ing up for each other, the team ef­fort in the end got us there,” he said.

“They kept turn­ing up and turn­ing up, it was a re­ally hard grand fi­nal and the Cow­girls played re­ally well as well.

“(The win) was re­ally good for the girls, it was re­ally good for the town and it was re­ally good for the club as well.”

In a con­vinc­ing win, the Crushers took down the Bluff Rab­bitohs 24–16 and coach Peter Bass said it was great to see the hard work pay off.

“It was awe­some, what a great feel­ing, just know­ing how much the guys put in the ef­fort,” he said.

“All the train­ing all year, the be­lief we had, it’s all come to­gether. It was pretty re­ward­ing to get that win, that’s for sure.”

Pick­ing up their game in the grand fi­nal, Bass said it was the team’s strong de­fence that pushed them over the line.

“I was most proud of the team, their de­fence and their line,” he said.

“There’s been games through the year that we’ve let a lot of tries in and it’s al­ways bro­ken us.

“But on that night, just their de­fence and their line got us the win, I think. We usu­ally leak a lot of points but they re­ally dug deep and they saved a lot.

“We kept de­fend­ing and de­fend­ing and that put us over the line.

“I’m so proud. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys.

“Just the way we did what we said we would do and we backed it up with our ac­tions. To me, that was pretty spe­cial.”

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

SWEET VIC­TORY: The Black­wa­ter Crushettes with the 2018 premiership tro­phy.

Crushers Cal­lanan. cap­tain Dion

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