St Marys wins the big one

SAINTS BEAT ST CLAIR BY 4

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

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.

– BRADDREW

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.

Pic­ture: CARMELA ROCHE

St Mary play­ers celebrate the A-grade grand fi­nal win at Pep­per Sta­dium on Sun­day.

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