Wallaroos win back to back finals
THE MARYBOROUGH Wallaroos now have two grand final wins in as many years under their belt – and coach Colin Scott says his team now has a difficult decision to make.
The team won the Fraser Coast Rugby League competition grand final against a spirited Maryborough Brothers side on Friday night, beating their rivals 26-10.
Last year the Wallaroos defeated Bundaberg Brothers in the grand final of the Bundaberg Rugby League – and Scott said the Wallaroos would be making a tough decision in coming weeks as to whether they would stay in the local competition or return to Bundaberg.
“We've got to sit back now and make a decision about next season.
“I think we have the side to compete in the Bundaberg competition.”
Scott said that while winning the Bundaberg competition was a huge achievement for his side last year, they were equally proud to be the premiers of their local Fraser Coast competition.
“Obviously winning in Bundaberg was great, but a home town premiership is special.
“We knew we'd have to work hard to win it. “
Scott said his side was impressed by the efforts of the Brothers side, who were gallant in defeat.
“We knew it wasn't going to be easy.”
He named centre Sam Hutchins, lock Matthew Walker and five-eighth Shane Jeffreys as the standout players for the Wallaroos.
Brothers president Jeff Nugent said he was proud of the efforts of his side and believed they had a strong platform to build on going into next season.
“Of course we're disappointed with the loss but the Wallaroos were the best side all season,” Nugent said yesterday.
“It was a good, clean game.”
Nugent named Chris Olsten, Dale Bond and Ben Cosgrove as among the best for Brothers.
“We'll be aiming to build on that and go one step better next year.”
Walker was named player of the grand final.
Scott described the grand final as the most competitive game of the year.
“All the boys played well.
“Brothers gave us a wake-up call in the semi-final a few weeks ago and we lifted.”