RUGBY UNION RAIDERS WIN GRAND FI­NALS IN BOTH GRADES

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THE Proser­pine Whit­sun­day Raiders A Grade team de­feated Kut­tabul Camel­boks in a 21 to 3 vic­tory in the Mackay Dis­trict Rugby Union grand fi­nals on Satur­day.

Within three min­utes the Kut­tabul Camel­boks were lin­ing up for their first penalty, but missed. They re­ceived their sec­ond penalty shortly af­ter, tak­ing the 3 points to lead the game.

In the 20th minute, the Raiders were rewarded with a mar­vel­lous Martin Roveda penalty kick to draw 3-3.With the backs tak­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to widen the play, the Raiders threw the ball to winger Scott Vella who dashed to the far cor­ner to score.

Roveda’s amaz­ing side­line con­ver­sion gave the boys the lead 10-3.

At half time the boys were right where they needed to be but the loud­est roar of the day came when co-cap­tain for the sea­son Ron Croker took the field for the first time in six weeks due to in­jury. In the 55th minute, an­other pro­fes­sional Roveda kick ex­tended the Raiders lead to 13 to 3.

Al­most against the run of play, the Raiders put to­gether a bril­liant try with won­der­ful back­line play that saw winger Dom Croker, with Micky Dyring at half­back, wind his way over to the far cor­ner to score.

This was un­con­verted, but the boys were up 18-3 and their game was still im­prov­ing while the Boks had seem­ingly lost their com­po­sure, dis­ci­pline and ball pos­ses­sion at the break down

The Raiders were given a kick­able penalty by Roveda, which put the Raiders out to an un­beat­able 21-3 lead.

The great de­fence of the sec­ond half was the cor­ner­stone to the win as they weath­ered the storm un­til the siren sounded.

The Raiders pre­sen­ta­tion night will be held this Satur­day from 6.30pm.

PUSH­ING FOR­WARD: Shan­non Wol­land re­ceived the man of the match Dean Gar­nett award af­ter A grade’s bril­liant 21-3 win over the Kut­tabul Camel­boks in Mackay on Satur­day.

GREAT WIN: It was a mo­ment for the his­tory books as the Whit­sun­day Raiders A grade cap­tains Ron Croker and Trent El­son raised the premier­ship tro­phy af­ter both the A grade and re­serve grade won their grand fi­nal matches against Kut­tabul Camel­boks.

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