Kurrsi win A-grade in season finale
The cream of the Hedland Touch Association crop faced-off for this year’s finals, with one game going into overtime to determine the winner.
Rusty Pipes had made their way to the finals in the B-grade to face Forrester’s Gumps, while Jets sought to fly over Kurrsi in the late night A-grade game on Friday, November 30.
Before the A and B-grade matches could begin, spectators were treated to an outstanding C-grade finale as Goodline led Phoenix five tries to three at half-time, then blew them out of the water to win the match 12-7.
Forrester’s Gumps’ game against Rusty Pipes went into overtime in the B-grade final, with one player dropped off both sides and the remaining four-player teams raced to win by first try scored (golden try).
FG’s captain Mick Forrester made the crucial dash down the wing to secure the win and complete his 36 tries for the season.
“It was a really hard-fought win, obviously it went down to drop-off, four-on-four and we just got away with it,” he said.
“We scrapped together a team . . . gotten better each week and end up winning the B-grade final so we’ve come a long way.
“Pretty much all school teachers, one nurse on the team . . . after the game every week we get together, have a bit of a laugh and talk about the game, I enjoy that camaraderie and that’s what got us through I think.”
As the other matches were completed all eyes turned to watch Kurrsi versus Jets for the A-grade crown.
Jets were down one try at halftime (4-5) and would eventually fall, Kurrsi taking the win 9-6.
The association has locked in its annual general meeting for January 30 next year at the South Hedland Bowls Club, where teams can nominate for the next season, starting on February 13.
Forrester’s Gumps, winners of the B-grade final.
Jets against Kurrsi in the late night A-grade final.
Brian Yoelu tries to evade.