Wests vic­to­ri­ous after tight fight

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Luke Wor­thing­ton

WESTS Scar­bor­ough has claimed the 2016 Pre­mier Grade pre­mier­ship in an ex­tra time thriller with a 45-24 win over Ned­lands at McGil­livray Oval on Sun­day.

The first half saw Wests Scar­bor­ough ap­ply­ing the ma­jor­ity of pres­sure, dom­i­nat­ing on the set piece in scrum time and the li­ne­out, cre­at­ing two de­fen­sive turnovers from Ned­lands throws.

Tries from Nick McLen­nan and Jer­rome Leonard-Tekanawa made up the ma­jor­ity of Wests points tally, with reg­u­lar sea­son scor­ing leader AJ Ala­timu do­ing work with the boot to give their side an 18-3 lead.

Ned­lands back Am­mon Mat­u­auto scored a dou­ble in rapid suc­ces­sion to open the sec­ond half scor­ing, putting Ned­lands up 2421.

An AJ Ala­timu penalty in the dy­ing stages of reg­u­la­tion time closed out the sec­ond half with the scores locked at 24-24, send­ing the grand fi­nal into ex­tra time.

Wests Scar­bor­ough dom­i­nated ex­tra time, with three tries com­ing from Ri­ley Win­ter, An­gus Tay­lor and Dy­lan Timu to seal the 2016 pre­mier­ship.

Wests Scar­bor­ough coach Dwayne Grace said it was al­ways bound to be a tight con­test.

“We knew it was al­ways go­ing to be a close game com­ing up against Ned­dies but we never pre­dicted it would go to ex­tra time, and I think that just speaks of the skill of both teams,” he said.

“We picked it up in the last 20 (ex­tra time), we re­ally stepped up.

“We had worked hard all through­out the year on our fit­ness and that got us through in the end.”

Re­flect­ing on the club’s 10year pre­mier­ship drought, Grace, who played at full­back in their last pre­mier­ship win­ning side, said he had faith in this group of play­ers from the be­gin­ning.

“It’s al­ways spe­cial to win a pre­mier­ship, it’s been a long road over those 10 years and we had our ups and downs as a club,” he said.

“We had a group of guys who we knew could get there, and to­day they went out and proved it.”

With four min­utes re­main­ing Dy­lan Timu in­ter­cepted a pass just 5m from the line and touched down to score in front of some ju­bi­lant Wests Scr­bor­ough fans.

Man of the match AJ Ala­timu con­verted to score his 20th point of the con­test to and fi­nalise the 45-24 vic­tory and Wests Scar­bor­ough's first Pre­mier Grade flag since 2006.

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