TAK­ING THE STAGE

U18 Bull­dogs take out grand fi­nal

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CHIN­CHILLA Bull­dogs un­der-18s have re­turned home basked in glory after reign­ing supreme in the rugby league grand fi­nal in Roma at the week­end.

The Bull­dogs proved too good for the Wal­lum­billa Red Bulls when they took them on at Bas­sett Park in Roma on Sun­day, snatch­ing the grand fi­nal crown with a 26–16 win.

Coach Craig Ham­mer­meis­ter said the team’s de­fence was “be­yond words”.

“The boys won the game with de­fence, a great at­ti­tude and com­mit­ment to the game, team and each other, it was just a great team per­for­mance,” Ham­mer­meis­ter said.

After solid de­fence and stel­lar at­tack in the first half, the boys came away in the lead at half time with an 8-6 score.

Ro­marda Barnes was tak­ing bombs and re­turn­ing the ball to Con­nor Baker, guid­ing the team around even while car­ry­ing an in­jury, while Benji Ne­li­man scored the first of two tries for the match.

The sec­ond half be­gan with Ne­li­man scor­ing an­other try for the Bull­dogs with a quick off load by Jye Polk­inghorne .

Ham­mer­meis­ter said Polk­inghorne not only did the hard runs but his abil­ity to un­load the ball in traf­fic and free up his run­ners to as­sist in try scor­ing was a credit to him­self and the team.

He said Hay­den Ben­der, Matt Noth­durft and Con­nor Harth played up a level in de­fence and were also an as­set to the team.

The Red Bulls hit back with two tries to take the lead 16–14, but the Bull­dogs bounced back with two quick tries from Ben­der to take them to vic­tory.

PHOTO: SARAH DIONY­SIUS

REIGN­ING PRE­MIERS: The Bull­dogs un­der 18s team took out the grand fi­nal against the Wal­lum­billa Red Bulls at the week­end.

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