Wallaroos rack up victory for the ages over Brothers
AN ELATED Maryborough Wallaroos set about destroying a five-year hoodoo, rolling Past Brothers 34-26 to claim an important Bundaberg Rugby League Anzac Day win.
"It was bigger than I thought," Wallaroos coach Danny Holmes told the Chronicle yesterday.
"I didn't know what was going on actually, until after the game, when everyone started talking about 11 years since we'd beaten both grades of Brothers, and five - i.e. the '09 grand final - since we'd beaten the first grade."
Holmes described scenes at Eskdale Park following the win as "magnificent", saying the players and the whole club were ecstatic.
Wallaroos' president Mitch Meyers chimed in saying the A-grade outfit, which won just once in 2013, would be buoyed by the win, and hopefully it might now have the belief that it can topple the big contenders.
In a flowing game, William Jung provided some much-needed bite in the middle, matching up well against the might of his uncle, Brad, and helping his side gain valuable field position.
The livewire Roos outfit then capitalised on this momentum, with Roy Stretton in particular lighting up the night fixture, setting up a try then scoring another memorable one, using his fancy footwork to get past Brothers speed-man Shaun Collins.
Meyers said, such was the success of the Anzac Day game - it attracted a crowd estimated at 1300, the emotion of it bringing some players to tears - that the club hoped to make it an annual event for the Roos.
"When that Last Post came on, it was very well respected from everyone at the game," Meyers told the Chronicle.
"It was that quiet in the minute's silence, you could hear the plane flying over the top, and it was dead-set just respect from everyone.
"It was tingling. There were blokes there crying; there were blokes there scared; there were blokes there not knowing what to do; your emotions were thinking footy, but your emotions were also thinking where we're at, and what the day meant, remembering the fallen."
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