Grand fi­nal win­ners two years run­ning

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Childers State School’s se­nior rugby league team has won the grand fi­nal for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

Coach Paul Russo said the team in­cluded two in­vi­ta­tional play­ers from Cordalba State School, Reece and Joel Fel­gate.

“Com­pet­ing in the Bund­aberg District Schools Com­pe­ti­tion, the team lost only one game on its way to the grand fi­nal,” Russo said.

The de­cider was played against Norville State School at Sal­ter Oval.

The first half was a tight af­fair with the de­fence of both sides tested with some free-flow­ing at­tack from both sides.

“With very lit­tle dropped ball from both sides, ter­ri­to­rial po­si­tion was of the ut­most im­por­tance,” Russo said.

With a leg in­jury, Childers for­ward Reece Fel­gate was forced from the field after only two-and-a-half min­utes of play in the first half.

“Ev­ery game this sea­son, Bry­den Blair, Zac Zer­affa and Luke Adam­son played smart and skil­fully to or­gan­ise the team,” Russo said.

The team had a strong de­fence, par­tic­u­larly from James Har­ney, Jack Bragg, Jack Ed­wards and Ryan Hick­ling, which en­abled the team to stay with Norville through­out the first half.

First-half tries for Childers were scored by new­comer Hay­den Scown and winger Bai­ley Pharoah.

The score at half time was Norville 12 Childers 10.

Reece Fel­gate re­turned to the field in the sec­ond half and his pres­ence had an im­me­di­ate im­pact.

Fel­gate took the ball 30m out from the Norville try­line and busted through tack­les to score a try near the posts.

The try was con­verted and the score was Childers 16 points to Norville 12 points.

The Childers team lifted their in­ten­sity in de­fence and quite sim­ply thwarted all that Norville could throw at them.

Russo said the team ex­e­cuted the game plan pre­cisely, de­fence was phys­i­cal and the at­tack ex­pan­sive, and Childers de­fended their lead right up un­til the full-time whis­tle.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the en­tire team for their ded­i­ca­tion to train­ing and their com­mit­ment to the game plan dur­ing matches,” he said.

“The boys are to be praised for their sports­man­ship and team­work through­out the sea­son,” he said.

The 2016 Se­nior Rugby League premier­ship team are: Luke Adam­son, Bai­ley Pharoah, Hay­den Scown, Zane Dono­van, Joel Fel­gate, Coalby Cut­ting, Zac Zer­affa, Bry­den Blair, James Har­ney, Ryan Hick­ling, Jack Ed­wards, Ma­son Simm, Jack Bragg, Lach­lan Eschbach and Reece Fel­gate. Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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CHAM­PI­ONS: Childers State School Se­nior Rugby League team mem­bers James Har­ney and Bry­den Blair.

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