Back from the brink for Fal­cons

Sunshine Coast Daily - - LOCAL SPORT - — Tom Thread­ing­ham

RUGBY LEAGUE: Sun­shine Coast Fal­cons CEO Chris Flan­nery has paid trib­ute to those work­ing hard behind the scenes fol­low­ing the their charge to the state leagu grand fi­nal.

The club has en­dured a roller-coaster of highs and lows over the past few years, with the death of team-mate James Ack­er­man plus stints on the lower rungs of the com­pe­ti­tion lad­der.

But Flan­nery said the Fal­cons never stopped work­ing and he was pleased to see ef­forts fi­nally pay off.

“I’ve only been here since 2014, but the club was in a re­ally dark place and to be here, go­ing into the grand fi­nal is an amaz­ing feel­ing,” he said.

“A lot of peo­ple have done a lot hard work for this club and it’s not just the peo­ple which are here now. It’s a lot of peo­ple that put a lot of time, ef­fort and money into this club and it’s great to fi­nally re­ward those guys.”

Flan­nery looked for­ward to watch­ing the Fal­cons run out onto Sun­corp Sta­dium against the Hunters.

“They’re a great side and have been the best side all year and we’re go­ing to have to beat the best side in the com­pe­ti­tion to lift the tro­phy,” he said.

The Sun­shine Coast Fal­cons have se­cured an In­trust Su­per Cup grand fi­nal berth af­ter crush­ing Red­cliffe Dol­phins in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal yes­ter­day.

The Fal­cons were dom­i­nant through­out their game at Dol­phin Oval and walked-off the field with a 40-14 vic­tory.

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