Grand fi­nal chance dawns

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

ALL Isis Crush­ers need to do to reach the Spring Cup grand fi­nal is to win their first fi­nals match in five years.

The Crush­ers haven’t ap­peared in the fi­nals for that pe­riod of time, and will face Tur­tles on Fri­day for their chance to have another crack at Bar­bar­ians for the Spring Cup premier­ship.

Tur­tles won the last meet­ing be­tween the two sides at Childers Show­ground a fort­night ago, with a last-minute try be­ing all that kept the Crush­ers from a fairy­tale win at home.

Isis will have to be at its best to have any chance of pip­ping the strong Tur­tles out­fit, which has dom­i­nated the com­pe­ti­tion for years.

If the Crush­ers are able to repli­cate their form from the past two weeks, they should go close, with last week’s 12–7 loss to Bar­bar­ians one of their best come­back ef­forts in years.

The Crush­ers got off to a ter­ri­ble start, con­ced­ing two tries to the mi­nor pre­miers in the first 15 min­utes.

Isis clawed its way back into the contest, re­gain­ing con­fi­dence to keep Bar­bar­ians score­less for the rest of the first half.

The team mem­bers re­grouped at half-time and made it their pre­rog­a­tive to “own” the sec­ond half, with the for­wards lifting across the park.

Stronger runs and heav­ier hits saw the Crush­ers slowly gain con­trol of the match, with prop Fish Lalo­manu bust­ing his way through the de­fence to score the sole try for Isis.

Crush­ers’ best back award-win­ner, Kale Hen­dle, con­verted the try.

Isis ex­panded its at­tack in an at­tempt to se­cure a late win­ner, but the Bar­bar­ians’ de­fence proved too strong.

Gutsy full­back Ja­cob Klassen capped a strong year to win the Crush­ers’ player of the year at the club’s award night at the Fed­eral Ho­tel on Satur­day.

Klassen was named player of the year for his com­mit­ment to the team, with the full­back “play­ing ev­ery game, not miss­ing any game time and of­ten be­ing one of the first to train­ing”.

Crush­ers v Tur­tles at ATWGrounds. Kick-off on Fri­day at 7pm.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

FI­NALS: The Isis Crush­ers will ap­pear in the Spring Cup fi­nals for the first time in five years and will reach the de­cider if they win over the Tur­tles on Fri­day night.

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