An­other premier­ship for Raiders stal­wart

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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