Another premiership for Raiders stalwart
WHEN the Raiders won both A grade and reserve grade rugby union grand finals on Saturday, it was a special victory for Bill Pratt, who played in the A grade team.
Pratt also played for A grade last time they won a premiership in 1995.
The first grade prop has been playing for the Raiders for more than 20 years and has now won four premierships – reserve grade in 1992 and A grade in 1993, 1995 and 2013.
He is not hanging up the boots just yet – he plans to run on the field again next year.
Pratt described Saturday’s win against Kuttabul as a surreal experience.
“It’s been 18 years since we won last won a premiership so I think I was getting used to losing but I am delighted and amazed that we got there,” he said.
“Watching the reserves run onto the field and just dominate Kuttabul before our match was just amazing. You can’t describe the feeling.”
Pratt is one of the under-10’s coaches for the Whitsunday Junior Raiders Rugby Union Club, with his team recently taking out the Vikings Cup championship.
His wife Sharron is the president of the Whitsunday Junior Raiders Rugby Union Club and his two sons Judd and Regin both play for the club.
Planning to return to the field next season, Pratt’s final words to the boys were, “keep it up and don’t give up because you have won one, rugby is for life”.
1993 was the only time they won a double premiership in the club’s 31 year history until last weekend.