St Marys wins the big one
SAINTS BEAT ST CLAIR BY 4
ST MARYS has snatched a history-making win from the St Clair Comets, coming from behind to win the Agrade grand final at Pepper Stadium on Sunday.
The Saints inched out the Comets 24-20.
The match marked the third time a St Clair A-grade side had made it to the grand final but the side went into the match hoping it would also be the club’s first win. The Comets went into the break up 20-12 but St Marys scored two tries in the second half and held off St Clair’s attacking raids.
It was an emotional day really. You don’t realise how much mental strain it takes on you.
St Marys coach Brad Drew said it was a much-needed win.
“We haven’t beaten them this year,” Drew said. “Two or three times this year we’ve led and then (would) give up the lead.
“We were down in the first half but there was a 15-minute period in the second half that really got us into the lead.
“I don’t think it was our best performance but as far as defence goes we did well.
“The values we try to instil in them during the season like doing the little things right really came through.
“It was an emotional day really. You don’t realise how much mental strain it takes on you.”
The St Marys Rugby League Club had another stellar season with 12 teams playing in grand finals, with eight premierships.
St Clair A-grade manager Phil Walker said the team was disappointed.
“We’re pretty down that we got beaten but in the end St Marys just defended well,” Walker said.
“In the last 10 minutes, we had opportunities to get tries but we weren’t quite there on the day.
“We just probably didn’t play smart football in the last 10 minutes.”
Despite failing to make that all-important mark on history, Walker said the team was focused on next season.
“The boys have all made a pact that they are all going to come back next year and win in 2016,” he said.
St Mary players celebrate the A-grade grand final win at Pepper Stadium on Sunday.