Kurrsi win A-grade in sea­son fi­nale

North West Telegraph - - Sport - Robert Dougherty

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.

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