THE MAROOCHYDORE

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - Tom Thread­ing­ham Tom.Thread­ing­ham@sc­news.com.au

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

PHOTO: DEION MEN­ZIES

HAPPY HOP­PERS: The Maroochydore Roos won the south-east Queens­land di­vi­sion one grand fi­nal against the Noosa Tigers. Roos’ Ja­cob Simp­son makes a run.

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