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Close loss ends Wallaroos' outstanding season

FOR 75 minutes the Bundaberg Rugby League belonged to Wallaroos, but there was one minor issue.

"These games go for 80," coach Peter Waters said after full-time.

 

Wallaroos coach Peter Waters waits for his players to enter the field. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Wallaroos v Past Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
Wallaroos coach Peter Waters waits for his players to enter the field. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Wallaroos v Past Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg. Matthew McInerney

Wallaroos overcame a disastrous opening sequence in which they almost conceded a try in the first 30 seconds to lead 18-16 with under five minutes left.

A Kane Chapman try broke Wallaroos' hearts as Past Brothers won its second title in three years.

 

Wallaroos fullback Joey Alberts. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Wallaroos v Past Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
Wallaroos fullback Joey Alberts. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Wallaroos v Past Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg. Matthew McInerney

The Maryborough club produced one of its best, most patient performances of the year, but they couldn't quite get the result.

"We weathered most of the storm but we just couldn't quite finish it off at the end there," Waters said.

 

Wallaroos lock Matthew Walker. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Wallaroos v Past Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
Wallaroos lock Matthew Walker. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Wallaroos v Past Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg. Matthew McInerney

"I knew it would come down to the wire. I was just hoping the clock would tick away quicker.

"I think all of the boys put in a great effort.

"David Ball and Ben Turner were unreal.

 

Wallaroos players celebrate an early try. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Wallaroos v Past Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
Wallaroos players celebrate an early try. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Wallaroos v Past Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg. Matthew McInerney

"Overall it was a great team performance but Brothers were just a little bit better on the day.

"I thought if we could get into halftime equal or just ahead then we'd be a good shot of winning this."

 

Wallaroos winger Josh Crowley hit in a strong tackle. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Wallaroos v Past Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
Wallaroos winger Josh Crowley hit in a strong tackle. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Wallaroos v Past Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg. Matthew McInerney

It ended an incredible year by the blue-and-whites who shocked the comp to qualify for the decider.

"I'm so proud of these boys," Waters said.

"They'll improve, they'll learn from this loss and they'll be burning, wanting more next year."

 

Wallaroos centre Shaun Collins. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Wallaroos v Past Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
Wallaroos centre Shaun Collins. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Wallaroos v Past Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg. Matthew McInerney

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