Shoot­ing stars

St Clair’s Comets have won the Pen­rith rugby league A-grade ti­tle for the first time in 28 years.

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CEL­E­BRA­TIONS are con­tin­u­ing af­ter the St Clair Comets A-grade side won its first ti­tle on Sun­day.

The Comets fought St Pa­tricks for ev­ery point to win the grand fi­nal 46-30 in front of a packed Pep­per Sta­dium.

The team was also the most con­sis­tent side in the Pen­rith Ju­niors A-grade divi­sion one com­pe­ti­tion, win­ning the mi­nor pre­mier­ship by a nail­bit­ing point from Broth­ers.

“We have never won an Agrade fi­nal,” Comets sec­re­tary Bill Borg said.

“I think it’s about 28 years. It’s a great re­sult for the club, the peo­ple in the area and the foot­ball com­mu­nity.”

The Comets had a point to prove af­ter their hopes were crushed in last year’s de­cider when they lost to St Marys in the fi­nal min­utes.

The team was de­ter­mined to make amends this sea­son, but the St Pa­tricks side made them work hard for the ti­tle.

“It was al­ways go­ing to be a hard game,” Borg said.

“No­body gets in the grand fi­nal by chance.

“We were for­tu­nate to get a lead of 30-12 then St Pats came back to make it 30-30.

“The boys had to re­ally dig in for the next 30 min­utes.”

Full­back Daniel Smith scored three of the eight tries and kicked seven goals.

“He scored 27 points for the game, which is pretty good for him,” Borg said.

Man of the match was sec­ond rower Sarafu Fa­ti­aki.

The Comets’ re­serve grade and girls’ teams also won their grand fi­nals on the week­end.

Borg said the club would con­tinue to re­build and pre­pare for next sea­son.

“We have got a lot of work to still do,” he said.

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