Roos are celebrating a drought-breaking grand final victory after defeating the Noosa Tigers on Saturday.
THE Maroochydore Roos are celebrating a drought-breaking grand final victory after defeating the Noosa Tigers.
The Roos won their first flag in 21 years and achieved it in dominant fashion too, taking out the south-east Queensland division one season silverware on Saturday 16.12 (108) to 13.9 (87).
Roos captain Daniel Dzufer said it had been a “long, tough season” and was ecstatic for the Roos to finally claim the title in its third grand final appearance in a row
“We had to go through two years of heartbreak to get this one. It’s bittersweet but it feels unreal,” he said.
“We got beaten up by Noosa three times this year and to come out and put out our top performance was just something else. Words can’t describe how proud I am of the boys today (Saturday).”
Although a leading force throughout the match, it was the second quarter when the Roos built its foundations towards the milestone victory.
Dzufer said the midfield had a “blinder” as the clock counted down to half-time.
“The second quarter was just instrumental,” he said.
“The midfield just got on top and Jacob Simpson got over the top of them and it was unreal all day and that really got us on the front foot and got us up to where we needed.”
The Roos hadn’t won a grand final title since 1996 and the match on Saturday was the third time in a row the Roos had featured in a grand final.
The victory not only ended a title drought for the club, but for Dzufer as well.
“I’ve never been able to experience this,” he said.
“It’s my fifth grand final and it’s first one I’ve won so to finally get over the line is just incredible.”
Noosa Tigers coach Sam Faure said the result was disappointing but the Roos were “too good” and the Tigers couldn’t “match it with them”.
“Overall in every position on the ground they seemed to be winning every contest of possession and they were just better on the day so credit to them,” he said.
But he believed football had been the real winner on the day, with the Sunshine Coast stamping its mark as a dominant proving ground for talent. The top three were Coast sides.
❝ We had to go through two years of heartbreak to get this one, its bittersweet but it feels unreal.
— Daniel Dzufer
HAPPY HOPPERS: The Maroochydore Roos won the south-east Queensland division one grand final against the Noosa Tigers. Roos’ Jacob Simpson makes a run.